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Is Huntsville's cost of living decreasing? This report says yes

The cost of living in Huntsville has gone down by more than 6% since the beginning of the pandemic.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — According to a recent report by Rent.com, Huntsville's cost of living decreased more than anywhere else in the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The cost of living in Huntsville has gone down by more than 6% since the beginning of the pandemic.

Senior Vice President of Economic Development for the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber Lucia Cape said there are people that are concerned about housing availability as prices go up due to the pandemic.

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"A lot of times, people forget where we sit in relation to our peer communities and how also they are going up, so being able to obtain a low cost of living is going to be a great advantage for recruitment," said Cape.

Rent.com listed the following changes in Huntsville's cost of living since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Overall - Down 6.39%
  • Groceries - Up 3.80%
  • Housing - Down 5.82%
  • Utilities - Down 2.19%
  • Transportation - Down 8.97%
  • Health care - 14.19%
  • Goods and Services - 9.26%

Other cities included in the list are as follows:

  • Juneau, Alaska - No.10 - Overall Down 4.44%
  • Stockton, California - No.9 - Overall Down 4.51%
  • Texarkana, Texas - No.8 - Overall Down 4.62%
  • Minot, North Dakota - No.7 - Overall Down 4.66%
  • Dallas, Texas - No.6 - Overall Down 4.74%
  • Middlesex-Monmouth, New Jersey - No.5 - Overall Down 5.05%
  • Honolulu, Hawaii - No.4 - Overall Down 5.06%
  • Bakersfield, California - No.3 - Overall Down 5.19%
  • Hartford, Connecticut - No.2 - Overall Down 5.70%

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