Cost of Living Index for the American States, 1960-2003

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Berry, William D. (Florida State University)
  • Fording, Richard C. (University of Kentucky)
  • Hanson, Russell L. (Indiana University-Bloomington)
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Cost of Living Survey Series
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • National Science Foundation
Free Keywords
consumers; cost of living; economic indicators; expenses; families; households; income; twentieth century; working class
  • Abstract

    The authors constructed a state cost of living index for the 48 continental United States, measured annually for the period 1960 through 2003 (to update an index for 1960-1995 introduced in the authors' May 2000 Journal of Politics article).
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1960 / 2003
    Time period: 1960--2003
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Collection Mode
  • File submitted is which includes readme2003.pdf which has full description of the zipped file. These data are part of ICPSR's Publication-Related Archive and are distributed exactly as they arrived from the data depositor. ICPSR has not checked or processed this material. Users should consult the investigators if further information is desired.

2005-03-15 The file readme2003.pdf has replaced the file readme.pdf, the file method notes 2003 index.pdf has replaced the file method notes 2000 index.pdf, and the file state cpi 1960-2003.xls has replaced the file state cpi 1960-2000.xls. Funding insitution(s): National Science Foundation.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 1275 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR01275.v1
  • Berry, William D., Fording, Richard C., Hanson, Russell L.. An annual cost of living index for the American states, 1960-1995. Journal of Politics.62, (2), 550-567.2000.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15