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Tampa affordable, survey says

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  • | 3:40 p.m. October 28, 2011
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TAMPA -- The cost of living in Tampa is lower than in any other major metro area in Florida, a new study suggests.

The Council for Community and Economic Research updated its ACCRA Cost of Living Index this month, looking at six categories -- housing, utilities, groceries, transportation, health care, and a miscellaneous category -- to determine affordability across the U.S.

Tampa received a 91.3 score, where 100 represents a nationwide average score. Other metro areas receiving scores from the CCER included Jacksonville (94.9), Miami (108.3), and Orlando (97.2).

Housing prices had the largest impact on Tampa's score, with a category score of 78.1, or 21.9% below the national average.

Elsewhere in the nation, the Manhattan area received the highest index score, with a 223.9. Harlingen, Texas, had the lowest score, at 81.7.


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