Relationship between Income and Cost of Living in US Cities
Young, John Michael
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This paper examines the relationship between the cost of living and median household income. The hypothesis is that there is a positive correlation between the two variables, where the median income is higher in areas with a higher cost of living. Variables such as water, electricity, energy, and rent were utilized in order to obtain a well-rounded cost of living factor and then compared to the median household income. Evidence suggests this hypothesis to a certain extent. While there is a positive correlation, the increases are not simultaneous.