CivMetrics collects economic and business conditions data for the largest MSAs in the United States. We’re posting some of our insights here. In this installment, we look at Consumer Price Index. How has the cost of goods changed in the last 12 months? For questions about our data, or to request data, please contact

How has the Consumer Price Index changed in big cities in the last 12 months? In this chart, we compare the August 2020 CPI value to the August 2021 CPI. The dotted line is the U.S. average for all urban consumer. The chart shows that inflation has ticket up slightly in the last 12 months, but most large MSAs sit around the U.S. average. 

Below, another way of visualizing the data. Looking at the same MSAs, we calculated % change in CPI versus the US average.