ST CLOUD TIMES — Do you pay more for your groceries than your friends in the Twin Cities, but less for housing? It’s a St. Cloud thing.
According to data from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) and shared by the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce, St. Cloud residents’ grocery costs were approximately 17% higher than the national average last year. Health care cost approximately 19% more than the national average.
The index can’t be compared directly year-to-year, St. Cloud State University Dean of the School of Public Affairs King Banaian said. How St. Cloud measured up last year was in comparison to how other cities did last year, and each year, a new national average is established based on new data.
“You can’t use this to tell a story over time,” Banaian said.