cost of living

the average cost of food, clothing, and other necessary or usual goods and services paid by a person, family, etc., or considered as a standard by the members of a group.


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cost of living
1.  a.  the basic cost of the food, clothing, shelter, and fuel necessary to maintain life, esp at a standard regarded as basic or minimal
 b.  (as modifier): the cost-of-living index
2.  the average expenditure of a person or family in a given period

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cost of living definition

The average cost of the basic necessities of life, including food, shelter, and clothing.

Note: In the United States, the cost of living is monitored in the consumer price index (formerly called the cost-of-living index), published monthly by the federal government.
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Example sentences
Low cost of living, small country with lots to see and easy living.
We live comfortably but not luxuriously in a high cost of living state.
The state's reasonable cost of living, he adds, makes it possible for many
  residents to live comfortably on lower salaries.
Reasons include low cost of living, climate, friendly residents and good
  medical care.
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