Does it or doesn't it? Geographic differences and the costs of living

Julie N. Zimmerman, Sunny Ham, Sarah Michelle Frank

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The relative cost of living in rural areas has long been of interest to rural sociologists. Today, the popular perception is that rural prices are lower. This study examines geographic differences in the costs of living in Kentucky. The results indicate that, contrary to the popular perception, when prices of the same products and services were compared, there was no consistent pattern of lower prices in the rural counties. Furthermore, differences in the material conditions of rural living meant that there were additional costs that price comparisons alone did not capture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)463-486
Number of pages24
JournalRural Sociology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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