Columbia has the highest cost of living in Missouri, according to the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center.
The center used grocery, housing, utilities, transportation, health and miscellaneous costs to calculate each index. High costs for housing, utilities and health gave Columbia the highest average index for the state.
Missouri has the 11th lowest cost of living in the United States in the second quarter of 2015, according to the Center. The second quarter lasts from the beginning of April to the end of June.
MERIC finds the statewide cost of living index by averaging indices from across the state. Columbia had the highest cost of living in the state with an index of 97.5. The average index for the state was 91.6, which is down from the 2014 second quarter index of 93.4.
According to the data, Mississippi has the lowest cost of living in the country with an index of 84.3. Hawaii’s index of 166.9 is the highest.