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U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

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Notice.

SUMMARY:

This notice publishes the “2007 Nonforeign Area Cost-of-Living Allowance Survey Report: Pacific and Washington, DC, Areas.” The Federal Government uses the results of surveys such as these to set cost-of-living allowance (COLA) rates for General Schedule, U.S. Postal Service, and certain other Federal employees in Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This report contains the results of the COLA surveys conducted by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in Hawaii, Guam, and the Washington, DC, area during the spring and summer of 2007.

DATES:

Comments on this report must be received on or before February 9, 2009.

ADDRESSES:

Send or deliver comments to Charles D. Grimes III, Deputy Associate Director for Performance and Pay Systems, Strategic Human Resources Policy Division, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Room 7300B, 1900 E Street, NW., Washington, DC 20415-8200; fax: (202) 606-4264; or e-mail: COLA@opm.gov.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

J. Stanley Austin, (202) 606-2838; fax: (202) 606-4264; or e-mail: COLA@opm.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Section 591.229 of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, requires the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to publish nonforeign area cost-of-living allowance (COLA) survey summary reports in the Federal Register. We are publishing the complete “2007 Nonforeign Area Cost-of-Living Allowance Survey Report: Pacific and Washington, DC, Areas” with this notice. The report contains the results of the COLA surveys we conducted in Hawaii, Guam, and the Washington, DC, area during the spring and summer of 2007.

Survey Results

Using an index scale with Washington, DC, area living costs equal to 100, we computed index values of relative prices in the Honolulu County, Hawaii County, Kauai County, Maui County, and Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) COLA areas. Then we added an adjustment factor of 5.0 to the Honolulu County price index, 7.0 to the Hawaii County, Kauai County, and Maui County price indexes, and 9.0 to the Guam/CNMI price index and rounded the results to the nearest whole percentage point. The results indicate a reduction in the COLA rates for all Pacific areas.

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Office of Personnel Management.

Michael W. Hager,

Acting Director.

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2007 Nonforeign Area Cost-of-Living Allowance Survey Report: Pacific and Washington, DC, Areas

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

1. Introduction

1.1 Report Objectives

2. Preparing for the Survey

2.1 COLA Advisory Committees

2.2 Pre-Survey Meetings

2.3 Survey Item Selection

2.3.1 Special Considerations

2.4 Outlet Selection

2.5 Geographic Coverage

3. Conducting the Survey

3.1 Pricing Period

3.2 Non-Housing Price Data Collection

3.2.1 Data Collection Teams

3.2.2 Data Collection Process

3.3 Housing (Rental) Price Data Collection

4. Analyzing the Results

4.1 Data Review

4.2 Special Price Computations

4.2.1 K-12 Private Education

4.2.2 Health Insurance

4.2.3 Water Utilities

4.2.4 Energy Utilities Model

4.2.5 Rental Data Hedonic Models

4.3 Averaging Prices by Item and Area

4.4 Computing Price Indexes

4.4.1 Geometric Means

4.4.2 Special Private Education Computations

4.5 Applying Consumer Expenditure Weights

5. Final Results

6. Post Survey Meetings

List of Appendices

Appendix 1: Prior Survey Results: 1990-2006

Appendix 2: Estimated DC Area Middle Income Annual Consumer Expenditures

Appendix 3: COLA Survey Items and Descriptions

Appendix 4: COLA Rental Survey Data Collection Elements

Appendix 5: Utility Usage and Calculations

Appendix 6: Hedonic Rental Data Equations and Results

Appendix 7: Final Living-Cost Results for COLA Areas

Executive Summary

The Government pays cost-of-living allowances (COLAs) to Federal employees in nonforeign areas in consideration of living costs significantly higher than those in the Washington, DC area. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) conducts living-cost surveys to set the COLA rates. The methodology for conducting these surveys is prescribed in regulation at subpart B of part 591 of title 5 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

This report provides the results of the COLA surveys OPM conducted in the spring and summer of 2007 in Honolulu County, Hawaii County, Kauai County, Maui County, Guam, and the Washington, DC area. The report details our comparison of living costs in the Pacific areas with living costs in the Washington, DC area.

For the surveys, we contacted about 1,300 outlets and collected approximately 5,500 prices on more than 240 items representing typical consumer purchases. We also collected about 2,800 prices on rental housing. We then combined the data using consumer expenditure information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The final results are living-cost indexes, shown in Table 1. These indexes compare living costs in the Pacific COLA areas to those in the Washington, DC area. The index for the DC area (not shown) is 100.00 because it is, by law, the reference area. The living-cost indexes shown in Table 1 include the adjustment factor prescribed at 5 CFR 591.227.

Table 1—Final Living-Cost Comparison Indexes

Allowance areaIndex
Honolulu County, HI121.37
Hawaii County, HI111.71
Kauai County, HI118.14
Maui County, HI123.62
Guam/CNMI119.98

1. Introduction

1.1 Report Objectives

This report provides the results of the 2007 Pacific nonforeign area cost-of-living allowance (COLA) survey conducted by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in the spring and summer of 2007. In addition to providing these results, the report describes how we prepared for and conducted the survey, and how we analyzed the results. The results show comparative living-cost differences between the Pacific areas, i.e., Honolulu County, Hawaii County, Kauai County, Maui County, and Guam, and the Washington, DC area. By law, Washington, DC is the base or “reference” area for the COLA program.Start Printed Page 74862

2. Preparing for the Survey

2.1 COLA Advisory Committees

Before conducting the Pacific survey, OPM established COLA Advisory Committees (CACs) in Honolulu, the Hawaii County areas of Hilo and Kailua Kona, Kauai, Maui, and Guam. The settlement of Caraballo, et al. v. United States, No. 1997-0027 (D.V.I.), August 17, 2000, provides for employee involvement in the administration of the COLA program. As in previous surveys, we found it valuable to involve employee and agency representatives in planning and conducting the surveys and in reviewing the survey results.

Each CAC is composed of approximately 12 agency and employee representatives from the survey area and 2 OPM representatives. The functions of the CACs include the following:

—Advising and assisting OPM in planning COLA surveys;

—Providing or arranging for data collection observers during COLA surveys;

—Advising and assisting OPM in reviewing survey data;

—Advising OPM on its COLA program administration, including survey methodology;

—Assisting OPM in disseminating information to affected employees about the surveys and the COLA program; and

—Advising OPM on special situations or conditions, such as hurricanes and earthquakes, as they relate to OPM's authority to conduct interim surveys or implement some other change in response to conditions caused by a natural disaster or similar emergency.

2.2 Pre-Survey Meetings

To help OPM prepare for the COLA surveys, the CACs held 3-day meetings in Honolulu, Hilo, Kailua Kona, Kauai, Maui, and Guam. The CACs reviewed the preliminary outlet and item lists for the surveys. The committee members researched the outlets and availability and appropriateness of the items in each area and made recommendations concerning the survey. We incorporated these recommendations into the survey design.

We found the work of the CACs to be extremely helpful and informative. The CACs' knowledge of the local area, the popularity of items and outlets, and other information about the COLA area were invaluable in helping plan the survey.

2.3 Survey Item Selection

As described in Sections 2.1 and 2.2, we consulted with the CACs as we selected survey items. We identified items to reflect a wide array of items consumers typically purchase. To determine what consumers purchase, we used the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2002/2003 Consumer Expenditure Survey (CES). We aggregated CES expenditures into the following nine major expenditure groups (MEGs):

—Food,

—Shelter and Utilities,

—Household Furnishings and Supplies,

—Apparel,

—Transportation,

—Medical,

—Recreation,

—Education and Communication, and

—Miscellaneous.

We further subdivided each MEG into primary expenditure groups (PEGs). In all, there were 45 PEGs. For example, we subdivided Food into the following nine PEGs:

—Cereals and Bakery Products;

—Meats, Poultry, Fish, and Eggs;

—Dairy Products;

—Fresh Fruits and Vegetables;

—Processed Foods;

—Other Food at Home;

—Nonalcoholic Beverages;

—Food Away from Home; and

—Alcoholic Beverages.

To select survey items, we chose a sufficient number of items to represent each PEG and reduce overall price index variability. To do this, we applied the following guidelines:

Each survey item should be—

—Relatively important (i.e., represent a fairly large expenditure) within the PEG;

—Relatively easy to find in both COLA and DC areas;

—Relatively common, i.e., what people typically buy;

—Relatively stable over time, e.g., not a fad item; and

—Subject to similar supply and demand functions.

In all, we selected over 240 non-housing items to survey. Appendix 2 shows how we organized the CES data into MEGs and PEGs, identifies the Detailed Expenditure Categories (DECs) for which we chose survey items, and shows estimated DC area middle income annual consumer expenditures for each DEC and higher level of aggregations.

Appendix 3 lists the non-housing items we surveyed and their descriptions. Each of these items is specifically described with an exact brand, model, type, and size whenever practical. Thus, we priced exactly the same items or the same quality and quantity of items in both the COLA and DC areas. For example, OPM priced a 10.75-ounce can of Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup in both the COLA and DC areas because it is typical of canned soups, and consumers commonly purchase it.

2.3.1 Special Considerations

Health Insurance: It was not practical to compare the prices of exactly the same quality and quantity of health insurance between the COLA and Washington, DC, areas because the same array of plans is not offered in each area, and a significant proportion of Federal employees in both the COLA and DC areas subscribe to plans not available nationwide. To compare the employee health benefits premiums of these often highly different plans, OPM would have to adjust for differences in benefits and coverage. Research conducted by the parties prior to the Caraballo settlement indicated this would not be feasible.

Therefore, we use the non-Postal Service employee's share of the Federal Employees Health Benefits premiums by plan for each plan offered in each area. OPM maintains these data in the Central Personnel Data File (CPDF), including the number of white-collar Federal employees enrolled in each plan. As described in Section 4.2.3 below, we used these data to compute the average “price” of health insurance for Federal employees in the COLA and DC areas.

Housing: For housing items, we survey rental rates for specific kinds or classes of housing and collect detailed information about each housing unit. We survey the following classes of housing:

—Four bedroom, single family unit, not to exceed 3200 square feet;

—Three bedroom, single family unit, not to exceed 2600 square feet;

—Two bedroom, single family unit, not to exceed 2200 square feet;

—Three bedroom, single family unit, not to exceed 2,600 square feet;

—Two bedroom, single family unit, not to exceed 2,200 square feet;

—Three bedroom apartment unit, not to exceed 2,000 square feet;

—Two bedroom apartment unit, not to exceed 1,800 square feet; and

—One bedroom apartment unit, not to exceed 1,400 square feet.

For each housing unit we surveyed, we assessed approximately 80 characteristics about the unit. For example, we determined the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, square footage, and whether there was a garage, air conditioning, security systems, and recreational facilities. Appendix 4 lists the types of detailed information we collected. We did not collect homeowner data, such as mortgage payments, maintenance expenses, or Start Printed Page 74863insurance. Under the Caraballo settlement, the parties agreed to adopt a rental equivalence approach similar to the one BLS uses for the Consumer Price Index. Rental equivalence compares the shelter value (rental value) of owned homes, rather than total owner costs, because the latter are influenced by the investment value of the home (i.e., influenced by what homeowners hope to realize as a profit when they sell their homes). As a rule, living-cost surveys do not compare how consumers invest their money.

We survey rents and use that as a surrogate for rental equivalence. In late 2004 and 2005, we conducted special research, the General Population Rental Equivalence Survey (GPRES), to obtain additional rent and rental equivalence information. The goal was to determine whether we should adjust the rent index before using it to estimate homeowner rental values. The analyses showed no adjustments should be made. Therefore, use of the rents to estimate rental equivalence is appropriate. We published the GPRES results in a Federal Register notice on July 31, 2006, at 71 FR 43228.

Although we surveyed rental rates for the same classes of housing in each area, the type, style, size, quality, and other characteristics of each unit varied within each area and between the COLA and DC areas. As described in Section 4.2.5, we used hedonic regression analyses to hold these characteristics constant between the COLA and Washington, DC, area to make rental price comparisons.

2.4 Outlet Selection

Just as it is important to select commonly-purchased items and survey the same items in both the DC area and COLA areas, it is important to select outlets frequented by consumers and find comparable outlets in both the COLA and DC areas. To identify comparable outlets, we categorize outlets by type (e.g., grocery store, convenience store, discount store, hardware store, auto dealer, and catalog outlet) and then survey only specific items at each outlet type. For example, we survey grocery items at supermarkets in all areas because most people purchase their groceries at such stores and because supermarkets exist in nearly all areas. Selecting comparable outlets is particularly important because significant price variations may occur between dissimilar outlets (e.g., comparing the price of milk at a supermarket with the price of milk at a convenience store).

We used the above classification criteria and existing data sources, including previous COLA surveys, phone books, and various business listings, to develop initial outlet lists for the survey. We provided these lists to the CACs and consulted with them on outlet selection. The committees helped us refine the outlet lists and identify other/additional outlets where local consumers generally purchase the survey items.

We also priced some items by catalog, and when we did, we priced the same items by catalog in the COLA areas and in the DC area. We priced 9 items by catalog in the Pacific areas. All catalog prices included any charges for shipping and handling and all applicable taxes, including excise taxes.

In all, we surveyed prices from approximately 1,300 outlets. In the COLA survey areas, we attempted to survey three popular outlets of each type, to the extent practical. For some outlet types, such as local phone service, there were not three outlets. In some areas, there was not a sufficient number of businesses to find three outlets of each particular type. In the Washington, DC, area, we surveyed up to nine popular outlets of each type, three in each of the DC survey areas described in Table 2.

2.5 Geographic Coverage

Table 2 shows the Pacific COLA and DC survey area boundaries. We collected non-housing prices in outlets throughout the Pacific areas described in Table 2. To collect rental housing data, we contracted with Delta-21 Resources, Incorporated, a research organization with expertise in housing and rental data collection. Delta-21 surveyed rental rates in locations within these areas.

In selecting the locations and sample sizes within each location, we used 2000 census data showing the relative number of Federal employees and housing units by zip code. We allocated the rental sample objectively, requiring Delta-21 to attempt to obtain more rental observations in locations with a relatively large number of Federal employees and housing units and fewer observations in locations with a relatively small number of Federal employees and housing units. Although the process provided a rational way to allocate the sample, Delta-21 was limited ultimately by how many units were available for rent within a location. Under the contract, Delta-21 surveyed only units available for rent. It did not survey all renter-occupied housing.

Table 2—Survey and Data Collection Areas

COLA areas and reference areasSurvey area
Honolulu CountyCity and County of Honolulu.
Hawaii CountyHilo area, Kailua Kona/Waimea area.
Kauai CountyKauai Island
Maui CountyMaui Island.
Guam/CNMIGuam.
Washington, DC-DCDistrict of Columbia.
Washington, DC-MDMontgomery County and Prince Georges County.
Washington, DC-VAArlington County, Fairfax County, Prince William County, City of Alexandria, City of Fairfax, City of Falls Church, City of Manassas, and City of Manassas Park.
Note: For selected items, such as golf and air travel, these survey areas include additional geographic locations beyond these jurisdictions.

To collect non-housing data in the DC area, we divide the area into three survey areas, as shown in Table 2. We collect non-housing prices in outlets throughout these areas. We survey certain items, such as golf, in areas beyond the counties and cities specified in Table 2. We also survey the cost of air travel from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, and Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) and survey the price of a 5-mile taxi ride originating at these airports. Both Dulles and BWI are outside the counties and cities shown in Table 2. Nevertheless, DC area residents commonly use both airports.Start Printed Page 74864

Delta-21 surveyed rental housing rates throughout the DC area. We do not divide the DC area into three separate survey areas for rental housing data collection but rather treat the area as a single survey area. As with the Pacific COLA areas, we used Census data to select specific locations and sample sizes within the DC area. Delta-21 collected data accordingly within these locations.

3. Conducting the Survey

3.1 Pricing Period

We collected data from early March through May 2007. We collected non-housing price data concurrently in the Pacific areas in March and collected the bulk of the DC area data in April and May. Delta-21 collected rental data sequentially in the DC area, Guam, Kauai, Kailua Kona/Waimea, Hilo, Maui, and Honolulu County from March through July 2007.

3.2 Non-Housing Price Data Collection

3.2.1 Data Collection Teams

In both the COLA and Washington, DC, areas, OPM central office staff collected non-housing price data. In the COLA areas, data collection observers designated by the local COLA Advisory Committees accompanied the OPM data collectors. The data collection observers advised and assisted the data collectors in contacting outlets, matching items, and selecting substitutes. The observers also advised OPM on other living-cost and compensation issues relating to their areas. We found the observers to be a valuable resource in conducting the local area surveys.

Because of logistical considerations, cost, and the fact OPM central office staff is very knowledgeable about the DC area, we did not use COLA Advisory Committee data collection observers in the Washington, DC, area. However, we made all of the DC area data available to the COLA Advisory Committees. This included both housing and non-housing data. The non-housing data showed the individual prices by item, store, and survey location as well as averages. The housing data included a photograph and a rough sketch of the layout of the rental unit. We also provided the COLA Advisory Committees with maps showing where each rental unit is located.

3.2.2 Data Collection Process

The data collector/observer teams obtained most of the data by visiting stores, auto dealers, and other outlets. The teams also priced some items, such as bank interest, piano lessons, and private education tuition, by telephone. As noted in Section 2.4, we surveyed some items via catalog, including all shipping costs and any applicable taxes in the price. We also collected other data, such as sales tax rates and airline fares, from Web sites on the Internet.

For all items subject to sales and/or excise taxes, we added the appropriate amount of tax to the price for computing COLA rates. We added 4.712 percent in Honolulu County and 4.166 percent in Hawaii County, Kauai County, and Maui County to account for the Hawaii general excise tax on businesses. In the DC area, sales tax rates varied by city, and some sales tax rates also varied by item, such as restaurant meals, within a location. Guam currently has no general sales or business tax that is passed on to the consumer separately at the time of sale.

The data collectors collected the price of the item at the time of the visit to the outlet. Therefore, with certain exceptions, the data collectors collected the sale price if the item was on sale, and we used that sale price in the COLA calculations. The exceptions include coupon prices, going-out-of-business prices, clearance prices, mail-in rebates, and area-wide distress sales, which we do not use. We also do not collect automobile “sale” or negotiated prices. Instead, we obtain the sticker (i.e., non-negotiated) price for the model and specified options. The prices are the manufacturer's suggested retail price (including options), destination charges, additional shipping charges, appropriate dealer-added items or options, dealer mark-up, and taxes, including sales tax and licensing and title fees.

3.3 Housing (Rental) Price Data Collection

As noted in Section 2.5, we contracted for the collection of rental housing data with Delta-21, which collected data in the Pacific areas and in the DC area. We arranged for COLA Advisory Committee observers to accompany Delta-21 rental data collectors for a limited period during the local rental surveys. The rental data collected included rental prices, comprehensive information about the size and type of dwelling, number and types of rooms, and other important amenities that might influence the rental price. Appendix 4 lists the data elements Delta-21 collected.

Delta-21 identified units for rent from various sources, including rental property managers, realtor brokers, listing services, newspaper ads, grocery store bulletin boards, and drive-by observation. Delta-21 then visited each rental unit, took a photograph of the unit, made a sketch of the floor plan based on exterior dimensions and shape, and noted the unit's longitude and latitude coordinates. We used longitude and latitude to (1) determine the distance of the rental unit from major commercial and Government centers, (2) to correlate census tract data (e.g., median income) for the tract in which the unit was located, and (3) to map each unit's location. As discussed in Section 4.2.5, we used certain census tract data elements along with the data Delta-21 collected to determine the relative price of rents. OPM made the rental data available to the COLA Advisory Committees, including the photographs, sketches, and maps.

4. Analyzing the Results

4.1 Data Review

During and after the data collection process, the data collectors reviewed the data for errors and omissions. This involved reviewing the data item-by-item and comparing prices across outlets within an area to spot data entry errors, mismatches, and other mistakes.

After all of the data had been collected in both the COLA areas and the Washington, DC, area, we again reviewed the data by item across all of the areas. One purpose was to spot errors not previously detected, but the principal reason was to look at substitute items.

A substitute is an item similar to but not exactly the same as the specified survey item. For example, we may specify a 32-ounce bottle of Heinz Ketchup as one of the items to survey. However, during the survey we may discover some allowance area stores do not carry this item, but all carry a 24-ounce bottle of Hunt's Ketchup. Therefore, we will price the 24-ounce Hunt's Ketchup in the allowance areas and in the DC area as a substitute. We will use the substitute price information in place of the price of the originally specified item.

4.2 Special Price Computations

After completing the data review, we made special price computations for five survey items: K-12 private education, Federal Employees Health Benefits premiums, water utilities, energy utility prices, and rental housing prices. For each of these, we used special processes to calculate appropriate values for each survey area.

4.2.1 K-12 Private Education

One of the items we surveyed is the average annual tuition for private education, grades K-12. As in previous surveys, we found tuition rates varied by grade level. Therefore, we computed Start Printed Page 74865an overall average tuition “price” for each school surveyed by averaging the tuition rates grade-by-grade. Section 4.4.2 below describes the additional special use factor we applied to the average tuition rates in the price comparison process.

4.2.2 Health Insurance

As noted in Section 2.3.1, we surveyed the non-Postal employees' premium for the various Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) plans offered in each survey area. Using enrollment information from the CPDF, we computed two weighted average premium costs—one for self-only coverage and another for family coverage—for white-collar Federal employees in each of the COLA areas and in the Washington, DC, area. As shown in Table 3, we then computed an overall weighted average premium for each survey area by applying the number of white-collar Federal employees nationwide enrolled in self-only and family plans. We used the overall weighted average premiums as “prices” in the price averaging process described in Section 4.3.

Table 3—2007 Average FEHB Premiums for Full-Time Permanent Employees

[Non-Postal Employees' Share]

LocationSelf premiumFamily premiumBi-weekly weighted average premiumAnnual weighted average premium
Honolulu County$36.22$80.14$62.72$1,636.32
Hawaii County$35.48$79.1361.821,612.84
Kauai County$35.34$80.5362.611,633.45
Maui County$36.30$80.6063.031,644.41
Guam/CNMI$39.77$102.4277.572,023.75
DC Area$45.20$93.9679.932,085.32
Nationwide Enrollment615,389936,075
Enrollment Percentage39.67%60.33%

4.2.3 Water Utilities

OPM surveyed water utility rates in each of the COLA and Washington, DC, survey areas. To compute the “price” of water utilities, OPM assumed the average monthly water consumption in each area was 7,600 gallons. This is consistent with the consumption amount OPM used in the previous COLA survey. OPM used this quantity along with the rates charged to compute the average monthly water utility cost by survey area. OPM used these average monthly costs as “prices” in the price averaging process described in Section 4.3 below.

4.2.4 Energy Utilities Model

For energy utilities (i.e., electricity, gas, and oil), OPM collected from local utility companies and suppliers in the COLA and DC survey areas the price of various energy utilities used for lighting, cooking, cooling, and other household needs over a 12-month period. OPM then used the results of a heating and cooling engineering model to determine how many kilowatt hours of electricity, cubic feet of gas, and/or gallons of fuel oil are needed in each area to maintain a specific model home at a constant ambient temperature of 69 degrees when heat is used or 72 degrees when cooling is used. The engineering model uses local home construction information and climatic data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and also includes the amount of electricity needed to run standard household appliances and lighting. For each survey area, OPM calculated the cost to heat and cool the model home using the different heating fuels and electricity for lighting and appliances. Although some homes use additional energy sources, such as wood, coal, kerosene, and solar energy, OPM did not price or include these in the calculations because, based on the results of the 2000 census, relatively few homes use these as primary energy sources.

For the Pacific areas, OPM surveyed the price of electricity to compute home energy costs because the 2000 census indicated electricity is the primary energy source in more than 95 percent of the homes in Hawaii and Guam. In the DC area, OPM surveyed the costs of all three fuels (gas, oil, and electricity) and applied all taxes, fees, and fuel cost adjustments in effect for the 12-month period. OPM used percentages based on the usage of the different fuels in each survey area to compute a weighted average utility fuel cost for the area. Appendix 5 shows the energy requirements, relative usage percentages, and total costs by area. OPM used these total costs as the “price” of utilities in the COLA rate calculations.

4.2.5 Rental Data Hedonic Models

As discussed in Sections 2.5 and 3.3, OPM hired a contractor to collect rental data, including rents and the characteristics of each rental unit. As described in Section 3.3, we collated the rental data with census tract information published by the Bureau of the Census using the longitude and latitude of the rental properties. We used census tracts, which are relatively small geographically, as surrogates for neighborhoods. We believe the census tract characteristics, such as the percentage of school age children, reflect the character and quality of the neighborhoods in which the rental units are found.

OPM uses hedonic regression analysis, which is a type of multiple linear regression analysis, to compare rents in the COLA areas with rents in the DC area. Multiple linear regression is a type of statistical analysis used to determine how the dependent variable (in this case rent) is influenced by the independent variables (in this case the characteristics of the neighborhood and rental unit). In regression analyses, it is very important to choose the independent variables with great care, making certain only those meeting certain statistically significant thresholds are used in the analysis. To select the independent variables, OPM uses a special procedure developed jointly by OPM and the Technical Advisory Committee. (The Technical Advisory Committee was established under the Caraballo settlement and is composed of three economists with expertise in living-cost comparisons.) We call this procedure the Variable Selection Protocol (VSP).

VSP is a multi-step procedure that uses objective criteria to eliminate independent variables with little Start Printed Page 74866statistical significance in the regression. It also removes variables with inexplicable signs and variables that negatively affect the precision of the rent indexes. An example of an inexplicable sign is when the landlord provides an amenity (e.g., a microwave), and the variable has a negative sign. In essence, this is the same as saying on average when the landlord did not provide a microwave, the property rented for more than when the landlord did provide a microwave.

How VSP drops variables that negatively affect the precision of rent indexes is a bit more complicated to explain. The key variable in the regression is the survey area, i.e., Honolulu, Hawaii County, Maui, Kauai, Guam, and the Washington, DC, area. As with all variables in the regression, these variables have parameter estimates; but the survey area parameter estimates are especially important because they become the rent indexes for each of the survey areas. Therefore, it is important that the survey area parameter estimates be as accurate as practicable. The accuracy is measured by the standard error of the survey area parameter estimate. In the last steps of VSP, the protocol tests each of the variables in the model and drops variables that if retained would raise the standard errors of the survey area parameter estimates.

Using VSP, we selected variables with the greatest statistical significance. The variables are listed below and are shown in the regression output in Appendix 6.

—Age of unit;

—Age of unit squared;

—Number of bathrooms;

—Number of bedrooms;

—Unit type (detached house, row/townhouse, high rise apartment, garden apartment, and other (in-home apartments, duplex/triplex/quadplex units and other));

—Number of square feet combined (i.e., “crossed”) with unit type;

—Square footage squared;

—Neighborhood condition (above average, average, or below average);

—Full kitchen (variable values range from 0-1 with three possible levels: 0, .5, or 1—variable receives .5 if unit has a refrigerator and .5 if it has a range or oven);

—Electricity (landlord provides electricity);

—Furniture (landlord provides furniture);

—Percent BA index (percentage of population in the census tract with a baccalaureate degree or higher level of education divided by the percentage of the population in the survey area with a baccalaureate degree or higher level of education);

—Percent school age index (percentage of population in the census tract of school age divided by the percentage of the population in the survey area of school age);

—Percent below the poverty level index (percentage of population in the census tract with income below the poverty level divided by the percentage of the population in the survey area with income below the poverty level);

—Survey year (2006 or 2007 DC area only); and

—Survey area (Honolulu, Hawaii County, Maui, Kauai, Guam, or the DC area).

We included the survey year variable in the regression calculations because, based on the recommendation of the Technical Advisory Committee, we use two years of DC area rental data. We find adding data from the previous year significantly reduces the standard error of the survey area parameter estimate.

As is common in this type of analysis and as was done in the research leading to the Caraballo settlement, OPM uses semi-logarithmic regressions. As noted previously in this section, the regression produces parameter estimates for each independent variable, including survey area. When the regression uses the Washington, DC, area as the base, the regression produces parameter estimates for each of the COLA survey areas: Honolulu, Hawaii County, Maui, Kauai, Guam. The exponent of the survey area parameter estimate (i.e., after the estimate is converted from natural logarithms) multiplied by 100 (following the convention used to express indexes) is the survey area's rent index. This index reflects the difference in rents in each of the COLA survey areas relative to the Washington, DC, area, while holding constant important neighborhood and rental unit characteristics captured in the survey and census data.

OPM makes a technical adjustment in the above calculations to correct for a slight bias caused by the use of logarithms because the exponent of the average of the logarithms of a series of numbers is always less than the average of the numbers. Therefore, we added one-half of the standard deviation of the survey area parameter estimate before converting from natural logarithms. (See Arthur Goldberger, “Best Linear Unbiased Prediction in the Generalized Linear Regression Model,” Journal of the American Statistical Association, 1962.) Table 4 shows the resulting rent indexes. We used these indexes as “prices” in the price averaging process described in Section 4.3.

Table 4—Rent Indexes

AreaRent index
Honolulu County115.89
Hilo Area58.98
Kailua Kona/Waimea Area89.07
Kauai County89.51
Maui County97.73
Guam82.57
Washington, DC, Area100.00*
* By definition, the index of the base area is always 100.00.

Appendix 6 shows the regression equation in SAS code and the regression results. (SAS is a proprietary statistical analysis computer software package.)

4.3 Averaging Prices by Item and Area

After OPM collected, reviewed, and made special adjustments in the data (as required), OPM averaged the prices for each item by COLA survey area. For example, OPM priced a bag of sugar at three different grocery stores in Honolulu County and averaged these prices to compute a single average price for sugar in Honolulu. If OPM collected more than one price for a particular matched item within the same outlet (e.g., priced equivalent brands), OPM used the lowest price by item and outlet to compute the average. (The concept is that, if the item and brands are equivalent, consumers will choose the one with the lowest price.) OPM repeated this item-by-item averaging process for each area.

For Washington, DC, area prices, we first averaged prices within each of the three DC survey areas described in Section 2.5. Then we computed a weighted average of the three DC survey areas using census data on where Federal employees live as the weights.

4.4 Computing Price Indexes

Next, OPM computed a price index for each of the items found in both the COLA survey area and in the Washington, DC, area. To do this, OPM divided the COLA survey area average price by the DC area average price and, following the convention used to express indexes, multiplied this by 100. For the vast majority of survey items, OPM next applied consumer expenditure weights. For a few items, however, OPM first applied special processes as described in Sections 4.4.1 and 4.4.2 below.

4.4.1 Geometric Means

As described in Section 2.3, OPM selected survey items to represent selected detailed expenditure categories (DECs). Generally, OPM surveyed only one item per DEC, but in a few cases, OPM surveyed multiple items at a single Start Printed Page 74867DEC. In these cases, OPM computed the geometric mean of the price indexes to derive a single price index for the DEC. (A geometric mean is the n th root of the product of n different numbers and is often used in price index computations.) For example, OPM surveyed two prescription drugs—Methylphenidate and Nexium. These two different prescription drugs represent a single DEC called “prescription drugs.” To derive a single price index for the DEC, OPM computed the geometric mean of the price index for Methylphenidate and the price index for Nexium.

4.4.2 Special Private Education Computations

As noted in Section 4.2.1, OPM surveyed K-12 private education in the COLA and DC areas and computed an average tuition “price” that reflected all grade levels. Because not everyone sends children to private school, OPM made an additional special adjustment for K-12 education by applying “use factors.” These use factors reflect the relative extent to which Federal employees make use of private education in the COLA and DC areas. For example, Table 5 shows a use factor of 2.0302 for Honolulu County. OPM computed this by dividing 26.86 percent (the percentage of Federal employees in Honolulu County with at least 1 child in a private school) by 13.23 percent (the percentage of DC area Federal employees with at least 1 child in a private school). OPM obtained the percentages from the results of the 1992/93 Federal Employee Housing and Living Patterns Survey, which is the most current comprehensive data available. Table 5 shows the use factors and the adjusted price indexes for each COLA survey area.

Table 5—Summary of Private Education Use Factors and Indexes

COLA survey areaEmployees w/children in private schoolsUse factorPrice indexPrice index w/use factor
Local areaDC area
Honolulu County26.8613.232.030278.55159.48
Hilo Area *18.9413.231.431655.5779.56
Kailua Kona/Waimea *18.9413.231.431674.77107.04
Kauai County22.4613.231.697757.7498.03
Maui County20.3913.231.541252.7681.32
Guam42.2613.233.194352.02166.18
* Use factor data available only for Hawaii County.

4.5 Applying Consumer Expenditure Weights

Next, OPM applied consumer expenditure weights to aggregate price indexes by expenditure group. As noted in Section 2.3, OPM used the results of the BLS Consumer Expenditure Survey to estimate the amounts middle income level consumers in the DC area spend on various items. Using expenditure weights, OPM combined the price indexes according to their relative importance. For example, shelter is the most important expenditure in terms of the COLA survey and represents about 30 percent of total consumer expenditures. On the other hand, the purchase of newspapers at newsstands represents less than 1/10th of 1 percent of total expenditures.

Beginning at the lowest level of expenditure aggregation (e.g., sub-PEG), OPM computed the relative importance of each survey item within the level of aggregation, multiplied the price index times its expenditure percentage, and summed the cross products for all of the items within the level of aggregation to compute a weighted price index for that level. OPM repeated this process at each higher level of aggregation (e.g., PEG and MEG). Appendix 7 shows these calculations for each COLA survey area at the PEG and MEG level.

The above process resulted in an overall price index for each of the Pacific COLA areas (shown in Appendix 7), but not for Hawaii County, which has two separate COLA survey areas. To compute an overall price index for Hawaii County, OPM computed weights based on the number of General Schedule (GS) and equivalent Federal employees stationed on the Hilo side of the island compared with the number stationed on the Kailua Kona/Waimea side of the island. OPM then multiplied each of the MEG indexes for Hilo and Kailua Kona by their respective GS employment weights and summed the cross products to produce an overall price index for Hawaii County. (See Appendix 7.) Table 6 shows the weights OPM used.

Table 6—Hilo and Kailua Kona/Waimea Employment Weights

AreaGS employmentWeight
Hilo Area64366.7
Kailua Kona/Waimea Area32133.3
Total964100.0

5. Final Results

To compute the overall living-cost index, OPM added to the price index a non-price adjustment factor. The parties in Caraballo negotiated these factors to reflect differences in living costs that might not be captured by the surveys, and OPM adopted these factors in regulation as part of the new methodology. The factor for Honolulu County is five index points. The factor for all other COLA areas in Hawaii is seven index points. The factor for Guam/CNMI is nine index points. The resulting living-cost indexes are shown in Table 7.

Table 7—Final Living-Cost Comparison Indexes

Allowance areaIndex
Honolulu County, HI121.37
Hawaii County, HI111.71
Kauai County, HI118.14
Maui County, HI123.62
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Guam/CNMI119.98

6. Post Survey Review

In December 2007, OPM held teleconferences with the COLA Advisory Committees in Honolulu, Hilo, Kailua Kona, Kauai, Maui, and Guam to review the survey results. We provided the committee members with various reports showing the data we collected, examples of how we reviewed these data, the data we used in our analyses, and the results at the PEG and MEG level, as shown in Appendix 7. We explained how we analyzed the rental data and used expenditure weights to combine price indexes to reflect overall living costs.

Appendix 1—Prior Survey Results: 1990-2006

CitationContents
73 FR 774Report on 2006 living-cost surveys conducted in Alaska.
71 FR 63179Report on 2005 living-cost surveys conducted in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
70 FR 44989Report on 2004 living-cost surveys conducted in Hawaii and Guam.
69 FR 12002Report on 2003 living-cost surveys conducted in Alaska.
69 FR 6020Report on 2002 living-cost surveys conducted in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
65 FR 44103Report on 1998 living-cost surveys conducted in Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
63 FR 56432Report on 1997 living-cost surveys conducted in Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
62 FR 14190Report on 1996 living-cost surveys conducted in Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
61 FR 4070Report on winter 1995 living-cost surveys conducted in Alaska.
60 FR 61332Report on summer 1994 living-cost surveys conducted in Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
59 FR 45066Report on winter 1994 living-cost surveys conducted in Alaska.
58 FR 45558Report on summer 1992 and winter 1993 living-cost surveys conducted in Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
58 FR 27316Report on summer 1993 living-cost surveys conducted in Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
57 FR 58556Report on summer 1991 and winter 1992 living-cost surveys conducted in Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
56 FR 7902Report on summer 1990 living-cost surveys conducted in Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Appendix 2—Estimated DC Area Middle Income Annual Consumer Expenditures

[Asterisks show Detailed Expenditure Categories (DECs) for which OPM surveyed items.]

LevelCodeGroupCategory nameExpenditures
1XTOTALTotal Expenditure$57,910.67
2FOODTOTLMEGFood6,516.50
3CERBAKRYPEGCereals and bakery products426.43
4CEREALCereals and cereal products152.02
5010110Flour4.76
5010120Prepared flour mixes12.20
5010210Ready to eat and cooked cereals *95.36
5010310Rice *17.23
5010320Pasta, cornmeal and other cereal products *22.47
4BAKERYBakery products274.41
5BREADBread81.05
6020110White bread *31.35
6020210Bread, other than white *49.70
5CRAKCOOKCrackers and cookies72.78
6020510Cookies *44.31
6020610Crackers28.47
5020810Frozen and refrigerated bakery products *20.07
5OTHBAKRYOther bakery products100.51
6020310Biscuits and rolls *37.28
6020410Cakes and cupcakes *29.32
6020620Bread and cracker products3.62
6020710Sweetrolls, coffee cakes, doughnuts18.16
6020820Pies, tarts, turnovers12.13
3ANIMALPEGMeats, poultry, fish, and eggs797.61
4BEEFBeef216.02
5030110Ground beef *90.12
5ROASTRoast30.38
6030210Chuck roast *8.09
6030310Round roast *6.69
6030410Other roast15.60
5STEAKSteak77.60
6030510Round steak *13.00
6030610Sirloin steak *22.62
6030710Other steak41.99
5030810Other beef17.92
4PORKPork123.62
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5040110Bacon *24.11
5040210Pork chops *27.34
5HAMHam23.57
6040310Ham, not canned *22.72
6040610Canned ham *0.85
5040510Sausage22.63
5040410Other pork25.99
4OTHRMEATOther meats98.39
5050110Frankfurters *19.93
5LNCHMEATLunch meats (cold cuts)70.77
6050210Bologna, liverwurst, salami *17.74
6050310Other lunchmeats53.03
5LAMBOTHRLamb, organ meats and others7.69
6050410Lamb and organ meats5.87
6050900Mutton, goat and game1.82
4POULTRYPoultry150.59
5CHICKENFresh and frozen chickens124.71
6060110Fresh and frozen whole chicken *32.03
6060210Fresh and frozen chicken parts *92.68
5060310Other poultry25.89
4FISHSEAFish and seafood174.06
5070110Canned fish and seafood *24.51
5070230Fresh fish and shellfish *88.71
5070240Frozen fish and shellfish *60.84
4080110Eggs *34.93
3DAIRYPEGDairy products356.84
4MILKCRMFresh milk and cream136.59
5090110Fresh milk, all types *122.82
5090210Cream13.77
4OTHDAIRYOther dairy products220.25
5100110Butter18.06
5100210Cheese *111.05
5100410Ice cream and related products *58.14
5100510Miscellaneous dairy products33.00
3FRUITVEGPEGFruits and vegetables411.55
4FRSHFRUTFresh fruits236.25
5110110Apples *38.56
5110210Bananas *36.77
5110310Oranges *26.41
5110510Citrus fruits, excluding oranges20.52
5110410Other fresh fruits113.99
4FRESHVEGFresh vegetables175.30
5120110Potatoes *29.88
5120210Lettuce *24.10
5120310Tomatoes *32.62
5120410Other fresh vegetables88.70
3PROCFOODPEGProcessed Foods704.71
4PROCFRUTProcessed fruits105.96
5FRZNFRUTFrozen fruits and fruit juices10.47
6130110Frozen orange juice *3.34
6130121Frozen fruits4.27
6130122Frozen fruit juices2.86
5130310Canned fruits *18.85
5130320Dried fruit6.64
5130211Fresh fruit juice16.11
5130212Canned and bottled fruit juice *53.90
4PROCVEGProcessed vegetables79.04
5140110Frozen vegetables *24.44
5CANDVEGCanned and dried vegetables and juices54.59
6140210Canned beans *10.48
6140220Canned corn5.00
6140230Canned miscellaneous vegetables16.96
6140320Dried peas0.18
6140330Dried beans2.60
6140340Dried miscellaneous vegetables8.69
6140310Dried processed vegetables0.25
6140410Frozen vegetable juices0.18
6140420Fresh and canned vegetable juices10.25
4MISCFOODMiscellaneous foods519.71
5FRZNPREPFrozen prepared foods112.04
6180210Frozen meals *36.91
6180220Other frozen prepared foods75.13
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5180110Canned and packaged soups *33.18
5SNACKSPotato chips, nuts, and other snacks96.38
6180310Potato chips and other snacks *73.94
6180320Nuts22.44
5CONDMNTSCondiments and seasonings82.84
6180410Salt, spices, other seasonings *17.24
6180420Olives, pickles, relishes10.20
6180510Sauces and gravies *38.13
6180520Baking needs and miscellaneous products17.27
5OTHRPREPOther canned and packaged prepared foods156.42
6180611Prepared salads23.46
6180612Prepared desserts *10.82
6180620Baby food *23.36
6180710Miscellaneous prepared foods98.30
6180720Vitamin supplements0.48
5190904Food prepared by consumer unit on out of town trips38.85
3OTHRFOODPEGOther food at home206.39
4SWEETSSugar and other sweets131.14
5150110Candy and chewing gum *80.99
5150211Sugar *18.75
5150212Artificial sweeteners *5.30
5150310Jams, preserves, other sweets *26.10
4FATSOILSFats and oils75.25
5160110Margarine *7.11
5160211Fats and oils *24.69
5160212Salad dressings *23.30
5160310Nondairy cream and imitation milk *10.85
5160320Peanut butter9.30
3NALCBEVGPEGNonalcoholic beverages275.93
4170110Cola *81.53
4170210Other carbonated drinks46.70
4COFFEECoffee40.79
5170310Roasted coffee *25.98
5170410Instant and freeze dried coffee14.81
4170520Tea19.43
4170510Noncarbonated fruit flavored drinks *16.25
4200112Nonalcoholic beer0.24
4170530Other nonalcoholic beverages and ice70.99
3FOODAWAYPEGFood away from home2,780.39
4RESTCOAOMeals at Restaurants, carry outs, and other2,386.66
5LUNCHLunch837.92
6190111Lunch at fast food, takeout, delivery, etc. *413.59
6190112Lunch at full service restaurants *299.86
6190113Lunch at vending machines/mobile vendors22.44
6190114Lunch at employer and school cafeterias102.02
5DINNERDinner1,100.42
6190211Dinner at fast food, takeout, delivery, etc. *391.80
6190212Dinner at full service restaurants *698.07
6190213Dinner at vending machines/mobile vendors4.57
6190214Dinner at employer and school cafeterias5.99
5SNKNABEVSnacks and nonalcoholic beverages205.47
6190311Snacks/nonalcoholic bev. at fast food, takeout, etc. *118.81
6190312Snacks/nonalcoholic bev. at full service restaurants36.59
6190313Snacks/nonalcoholic bev. at vending machines43.22
6190314Snacks/nonalcoholic bev. at cafeterias6.84
5BRKFBRUNBreakfast and brunch242.85
6190321Breakfast/brunch at fast food, takeout, delivery, etc. *119.45
6190322Breakfast/brunch at full service restaurants *107.45
6190323Breakfast/brunch at vending machines, etc.5.50
6190324Breakfast/brunch at cafeterias10.45
4NONRESMENon Restaurant Meals393.74
5190901Board (including at school)14.32
5190902Catered affairs52.08
5190903Food on out of town trips209.62
5790430School lunches76.88
5800700Meals as pay40.83
3ALCBEVGPEGAlcoholic beverages556.66
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4ALCHOMEAt home282.69
5200111Beer and ale *180.53
5200210Whiskey8.39
5200310Wine *77.62
5200410Other alcoholic beverages16.16
4ALCAWAYAway from home273.97
5BEERNALEBeer and ale122.78
6200511Beer and ale at fast food, takeout, etc.19.42
6200512Beer and ale at full service restaurants *100.55
6200513Beer and ale at vending machines, etc.2.34
6200514Beer at Employer0.47
6200515Beer at Board0.00
6200516Beer and ale at catered affairs0.00
5WINEWine34.88
6200521Wine at fast food, takeout, delivery, etc.2.22
6200522Wine at full service restaurants *32.41
6200523Wine at vending machines, etc.0.25
6200524Wine at Employer0.00
6200525Wine at Board0.00
6200526Wine at catered affairs0.00
5OTHALCBVOther alcoholic beverages72.43
6200531Other alcoholic bev. at fast food, etc.6.56
6200532Other alcoholic bev. at full service restaurants65.69
6200533Other alcoholic bev. at vending machines, etc.0.18
6200534Other Alcohol at Employer0.00
6200535Other Alcohol at Board0.00
6200536Other alcoholic beverages at catered affairs0.00
5200900Alcoholic beverages purchased on trips43.88
2SHEL&UTLMEGShelter and Utilities22,057.19
3SHELTERPEGShelter19,633.77
4RNTLEQRented Equivalence (estimated monthly × 12)15,195.09
4RENTXXRented Dwelling (rent minus tenants ins.) *4,065.04
4350110Tenants Insurance (tenants ins × 2) *35.69
4OTHLODGEOther Lodging (other minus housing at school)337.95
3ENERUTPEGEnergy Utilities *2,044.33
3WATERXPEGWater and other public services *379.09
2HHF&SUPPMEGHousehold Furnishings and Supplies3,094.33
3HHOPERPEGHousehold operations887.07
4HHPERSRVPersonal services545.00
5340210Babysitting and child care *114.45
6340211Child care in own home43.12
6340212Care care outside own home71.33
5340906Care for elderly, invalids, handicapped, etc.49.85
5340910Adult daycare centers4.45
5670310Daycare centers, nursery, and preschools *376.25
4HHOTHXPNOther household expenses342.08
5340310Housekeeping services *65.73
5340410Gardening, lawn care service *106.31
5340420Water softening service7.00
5340520Household laundry and dry cleaning, sent out1.29
5340530Coin operated household laundry/dry cleaning4.97
5340914Services for termite/pest control19.74
5340915Home security system service fee22.36
5340903Other home services18.29
5330511Termite/pest control products3.01
5340510Moving, storage, freight express *52.81
5340620Appliance repair, including service center18.25
5340630Reupholstering, furniture repair6.33
5340901Repairs/rentals of lawn/equipment, etc.8.75
5340907Appliance rental2.26
5340908Rental of office equipment for nonbusiness use0.62
5340913Repair of miscellaneous household equip.4.31
5990900Rental/install of dishwashers, range hoods, and garb. disposals0.05
3HKPGSUPPPEGHousekeeping supplies578.03
4LAUNDRYLaundry and cleaning supplies147.39
5330110Soaps and detergents *75.97
5330210Other laundry cleaning products71.42
4HKPGOTHROther household products278.54
5330310Cleansing & toilet tissue, paper towels/napkins *85.90
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5330510Miscellaneous household products123.76
5330610Lawn and garden supplies *68.87
4POSTAGEPostage and stationery152.10
5330410Stationery, stationery supplies, giftwrap *79.37
5340110Postage69.94
6STAMPStamp *66.17
6PARPSTParcel Post *3.77
5340120Delivery services2.78
3TEX&RUGSPEGTextiles and Area Rugs173.96
4HHTXTILEHousehold textiles149.28
5280110Bathroom linens *20.67
5280120Bedroom linens *86.28
5280130Kitchen and dining room linens8.48
5280210Curtains and draperies16.10
5280220Slipcovers, decorative pillows7.32
5280230Sewing materials for slipcovers, curtains, etc.9.53
5280900Other linens0.91
4FLOORCOVFloor coverings24.67
5RNTCARPTWall to wall carpeting (renter)1.42
6230134Wall to wall carpet (renter)1.01
6320163Wall to wall carpet (replacement) (renter)0.41
5320111Floor coverings, nonpermanent *23.25
3FURNITURPEGFurniture495.94
4290110Mattress and springs *60.32
4290120Other bedroom furniture125.64
4290210Sofas108.40
4290310Living room chairs *49.72
4290320Living room tables19.29
4290410Kitchen, dining room furniture *53.53
4290420Infants' furniture8.96
4290430Outdoor furniture11.36
4290440Wall units, cabinets and other occasional furniture58.72
3MAJAPPLPEGMajor appliances126.33
4230116Dishwashers (built in), disposals, range hoods6.96
5230117Dishwasher (owned home)0.21
5230118Dishwasher (rented home)6.75
4300110Refrigerators, freezers *37.68
5300111Refrigerators, freezers (renter)3.57
5300112Refrigerators, freezers (owned home)34.11
4300210Washing machines *19.48
5300211Washing machines (renter)4.02
5300212Washing machines (owned home)15.46
4300220Clothes dryers14.95
5300221Clothes dryers (renter)3.13
5300222Clothes Dryer (owned home)11.82
4300310Cooking stoves, ovens *20.78
5300311Cooking stoves, ovens (renter)1.76
5300312Cooking stoves, ovens (owned home)19.02
4300320Microwave ovens6.10
5300321Microwave ovens (renter)1.45
5300322Microwave ovens (owned home)4.65
4300330Portable dishwasher0.59
5300331Portable dishwasher (renter)0.06
5300332Portable dishwasher (owned home)0.53
4300410Window air conditioners19.79
5300411Window air conditioners (renter)0.98
5300412Window air conditioners (owned home)3.21
5320511Electric floor cleaning equipment *11.74
5320512Sewing machines2.31
5300900Miscellaneous household appliances1.55
3SMAPPHWRPEGSmall appliances, miscellaneous housewares79.99
4HOUSWAREHousewares56.50
5320310Plastic dinnerware1.57
5320320China and other dinnerware *7.98
5320330Flatware2.47
5320340Glassware8.23
5320350Silver serving pieces4.38
5320360Other serving pieces1.34
5320370Nonelectric cookware *12.08
5320380Tableware, nonelectric kitchenware18.44
4SMLLAPPLSmall appliances23.49
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5320521Small electric kitchen appliances *18.30
5320522Portable heating and cooling equipment5.19
3MISCHHEQPEGMiscellaneous household equipment753.01
4320120Window coverings32.61
4320130Infants' equipment16.65
4320140Laundry and cleaning equip.22.31
4320150Outdoor equipment *39.39
4320210Clocks5.02
4320220Lamps and lighting fixtures15.79
4320231Other household decorative items201.60
4320232Telephones and accessories *55.51
4320410Lawn and garden equipment *71.36
4320420Power tools *99.00
4320901Office furniture for home use *10.74
4320902Hand tools *8.50
4320903Indoor plants, fresh flowers *50.43
4320904Closet and storage items16.77
4340904Rental of furniture3.09
4430130Luggage7.21
4690115Personal Digital Assistants (PDA)3.12
4690116Internet Svcs Away from Home4.40
4690210Telephone answering devices1.40
4690220Calculators0.19
4690230Business equipment for home use2.31
4320430Other hardware18.39
4690242Smoke alarms (owned home)1.29
4690241Smoke alarms (renter)0.25
4690243Smoke alarms (owned vacation)0.00
4690245Other household appliances (owned home)7.35
4690244Other household appliances (renter)2.53
4320905Miscellaneous household equipment and parts55.79
2APPARELMEGApparel and services2,183.43
3MENBOYSPEGMen and boys492.34
4MENSMen, 16 and over380.36
5360110Men's suits *18.25
5360120Men's sportcoats, tailored jackets5.42
5360210Men's coats and jackets39.74
5360311Men's underwear *21.29
5360312Men's hosiery16.59
5360320Men's nightwear1.61
5360330Men's accessories53.25
5360340Men's sweaters and vests10.05
5360350Men's active sportswear15.20
5360410Men's shirts *103.78
5360511Men's pants *76.59
5360512Men's shorts, shorts sets14.25
5360901Men's uniforms3.26
5360902Men's costumes1.04
4BOYSBoys, 2 to 15111.99
5370110Boys' coats and jackets5.36
5370120Boys' sweaters2.62
5370130Boys' shirts *32.35
5370211Boys' underwear7.05
5370212Boys' nightwear4.73
5370213Boys' hosiery6.22
5370220Boys' accessories4.79
5370311Boys' suits, sportcoats, vests1.76
5370312Boys' pants *31.09
5370313Boys' shorts, shorts sets8.18
5370903Boys' uniforms3.78
5370904Boys' active sportswear3.13
5370902Boys' costumes0.91
3WMNSGRLSPEGWomen and girls797.99
4WOMENSWomen, 16 and over681.07
5380110Women's coats and jackets69.54
5380210Women's dresses *59.23
5380311Women's sportcoats, tailored jackets6.82
5380312Women's vests and sweaters *41.87
5380313Women's shirts, tops, blouses *135.06
5380320Women's skirts18.86
5380331Women's pants *129.29
5380332Women's shorts, shorts sets11.81
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5380340Women's active sportswear31.42
5380410Women's sleepwear37.30
5380420Women's undergarments31.43
5380430Women's hosiery19.10
5380510Women's suits22.04
5380901Women's accessories *58.78
5380902Women's uniforms7.23
5380903Women's costumes1.28
4GIRLSGirls, 2 to 15116.92
5390110Girls' coats and jackets5.87
5390120Girls' dresses and suits *10.40
5390210Girls' shirts, blouses, sweaters *33.92
5390221Girls' skirts and pants *29.54
5390222Girls' shorts, shorts sets7.28
5390230Girls' active sportswear7.45
5390310Girls' underwear and sleepwear7.14
5390321Girls' hosiery4.71
5390322Girls' accessories7.33
5390901Girls' uniforms2.32
5390902Girls' costumes0.97
3INFANTPEGChildren under 270.14
4410110Infant coat, jacket, snowsuit2.40
4410120Infant dresses, outerwear19.20
4410130Infant underwear *35.41
4410140Infant nightwear, loungewear *3.65
4410901Infant accessories9.48
3FOOTWEARPEGFootwear523.09
4400110Men's footwear *164.08
4400210Boys' footwear58.30
4400310Women's footwear *235.02
4400220Girls' footwear65.69
3OTHAPPRLPEGOther apparel products and services299.87
4420110Material for making clothes10.38
4420120Sewing patterns and notions8.59
4430110Watches *27.00
4430120Jewelry *116.98
4440110Shoe repair and other shoe service1.67
4440120Coinoperated apparel laundry/dry cleaning *61.53
4440130Alteration, repair and tailoring of apparel6.34
4440140Clothing rental2.93
4440150Watch and jewelry repair5.92
4440210Apparel laundry/dry cleaning not coinoperated *57.91
4440900Clothing storage0.61
2TRANSMEGTransportation8,202.21
3MOTVEHCOPEGMotor Vehicle Costs3,623.71
4VEHPURCHVehicle purchases (net outlay)2,839.52
5NEWCARSCars and trucks, new1,408.35
6450110New cars *614.87
6450210New trucks793.48
5USEDCARSCars and trucks, used1,430.27
6460110Used cars732.39
6460901Used trucks697.88
5OTHVEHCLOther vehicles0.90
6450220New motorcycles0.68
6450900New aircraft0.00
6460902Used motorcycles0.22
6460903Used aircraft0.00
4VEHFINCHVehicle finance charges412.09
5510110Automobile finance charges *169.36
5510901Truck finance charges219.57
5510902Motorcycle and plane finance charges5.58
5850300Other vehicle finance charges17.58
4LEASVEHLeased vehicles206.45
5450310Car lease payments87.96
5450313Cash downpayment (car lease)5.50
5450314Termination fee (car lease)8.49
5450410Truck lease payments101.20
5450413Cash downpayment (truck lease)3.29
5450414Termination fee (truck lease)0.00
4VEHXP&LVOther Vehicle Expenses and Licenses165.65
5520110State & Local Registration *99.18
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6520111Vehicle reg. state (as of Q20012) incl in 52011091.22
6520112Vehicle reg. local (as of Q20012) incl in 5201107.97
5520310Driver's license8.53
5520410Vehicle inspection (added to S&L registration) *11.70
5PARKINGParking fees23.89
6520531Parking fees in home city, excluding residence19.35
6520532Parking fees, outoftown trips4.54
5520541Tolls12.60
5520542Tolls on outoftown trips4.56
5520550Towing charges5.17
5520560GPSS Services0.59
5620113Automobile service clubs18.89
3GASOILPEGGasoline and motor oil1,992.28
4470111Gasoline *1,837.20
4470112Diesel fuel32.93
4470113Gasoline on outoftown trips111.06
4470114Gasohol0.00
4470211Motor oil9.97
4470212Motor oil on outoftown trips1.12
3CARP&RPEGMaintenance and repairs809.20
4CARPARMaintenance and Repair Parts188.70
5470220Coolant, additives, brake, transmission fluids5.12
5480110Tires purchased, replaced, installed *118.24
5480213Parts, equipment, and accessories *54.27
5480214Vehicle audio equipment, excluding labor4.15
5480212Vehicle products5.74
5480215Vehicle Video Equipment1.18
4CARREPMaintenance and Repair Service *620.50
5490000Misc. auto repair, servicing50.15
5490110Body work and painting30.90
5490211Clutch, transmission repair58.32
5490212Drive shaft and rearend repair10.33
5490221Brake work, including adjustments61.65
5490231Repair to steering or frontend20.21
5490232Repair to engine cooling system25.52
5490311Motor tuneup48.48
5490312Lube, oil change, and oil filters79.17
5490313Frontend alignment, wheel balance and rotation14.14
5490314Shock absorber replacement4.10
5490316Gas tank repair, replacement0.00
5490318Repair tires and other repair work43.73
5490319Vehicle air conditioning repair18.06
5490411Exhaust system repair12.87
5490412Electrical system repair26.34
5490413Motor repair, replacement81.57
5490900Auto repair service policy15.49
3500110PEGVehicle insurance *1,168.76
3RENTVEHPEGRented vehicles0.00
3PUBTRANSPEGPublic transportation608.26
4530110Airline fares *388.53
4530210Intercity bus fares16.99
4530510Intercity train fares35.38
4530901Ship fares29.65
4LOCTRANSLocal Transportation137.73
5530311Intracity mass transit fares85.04
5530312Local trans. on outoftown trips15.77
5530411Taxi fares and limousine service on trips9.26
5530412Taxi fares and limousine service *25.98
5530902School bus1.67
2MEDICALMEGMedical2,750.36
3HEALTINSPEGHealth insurance *1,619.00
4COMHLTINCommercial health insurance306.16
5580111Traditional fee for service health plan (not BCBS)105.77
5580113Preferred provider health plan (not BCBS)200.39
4BCBSBlue Cross, Blue Shield457.97
5580112Traditional fee for service health plan (BCBS)68.28
5580114Preferred provider health plan (BCBS)186.34
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5580312Health maintenance organization (BCBS)152.08
5580904Commercial Medicare supplement (BCBS)48.35
5580906Other health insurance (BCBS)2.92
4580311Health maintenance organization (not BCBS)346.16
4580901Medicare payments307.37
4COMEDOTHCommercial Medicare supplements and other health insurance168.70
5580903Commercial Medicare supplement (not BCBS)124.90
5580905Other health insurance (not BCBS)43.80
4580400Long Term Care Insurance32.65
3MEDSERVSPEGMedical services674.66
4560110Physician's services *165.27
4560210Dental services *234.66
4560310Eyecare services37.72
4560400Service by professionals other than physician47.33
4560330Lab tests, xrays41.62
4570111Hospital Room and Services *124.44
4570240Medical care in retirement community0.29
4570220Care in convalescent or nursing home6.32
4570902Repair of medical equipment0.96
4570230Other medical care services16.05
3DRUGS&MEPEGDrugs and Medical Supplies456.70
4DRUGSDrugs353.88
5550210Nonprescription drugs *45.75
5550410Nonprescription vitamins31.96
5540000Prescription drugs *276.17
4MEDSUPPLMedical supplies102.82
5550110Eyeglasses and contact lenses *51.50
5550340Hearing aids13.73
5550310Topicals and dressings *28.87
5550320Medical equipment for general use4.59
5550330Supportive and convalescent medical equip.3.13
5570901Rental of medical equipment0.32
5570903Rental of supportive, convalescentequipment0.67
2RECREATNMEGRecreation2,571.77
3FEESADMPEGFees and admissions672.71
4610900Recreation expenses, outoftown trips29.76
4620111Social, recreation, civic club membership *129.68
4620121Fees for participant sports *103.59
4620122Participant sports, outoftown trips28.95
4620211Movie, theater, opera, ballet *149.26
4620212Movie, other admissions, outoftown trips59.69
4620221Admission to sporting events39.85
4620222Admission to sports events, outoftown trips19.89
4620310Fees for recreational lessons *82.29
4620903Other entertainment services, outoftown trips29.76
3TVAUDIOPEGTelevision, radios, sound equipment419.47
4310140Televisions *130.01
4310311Radios5.28
4310312Phonographs0.00
4310313Tape recorders and players5.48
4620930On Line Gaming Services0.00
4310210VCR's and video disc players *26.83
4310331Miscellaneous sound equipment1.09
4310332Sound equipment accessories6.84
4310220Video cassettes, tapes, and discs *58.76
4310230Video game hardware and software37.13
4310240Streaming Downloading Audio0.58
4340610Repair of TV, radio, and sound equipment3.47
4340902Rental of televisions0.88
4310314Personal Digital Audio Players10.46
4310320Sound components and component systems *13.36
4310334Satellite dishes1.27
4310340CDs Records & Audio Tapes *48.65
4310350Streaming Downloading Audio2.24
4340905Rental of VCR, radio, and sound equipment0.27
4610130Musical instruments and accessories18.71
4620904Rental and repair of musical instruments6.21
4620912Rental of video cassettes, tapes, & discs *41.95
3PETSPLAYPEGPets, toys, and playground equipment447.82
4PETSPets338.42
5610310Pet food *144.28
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5610320Pet purchase, supplies, medicine73.38
5620410Pet services25.64
5620420Vet services *95.12
4610110Toys, games, hobbies, and tricycles *99.22
4610140Stamp & Coin Collecting7.65
4610120Playground equipment2.53
3ENTEROTHPEGOther entertainment supplies, equipment, and services231.57
4UNMTRBOTUnmotored recreational vehicles47.53
5600121Boat without motor and boat trailers1.65
5600122Trailer and other attachable campers45.88
4PWRSPVEHMotorized recreational vehicles60.97
5600141Purchase of motorized camper32.79
5600142Purchase of other vehicle *10.79
5600132Purchase of boat with motor17.38
4RNTSPVEHRental of recreational vehicles2.19
5520904Rental noncamper trailer0.03
5520907Boat and trailer rental outoftown trips0.37
5620909Rental of campers on outoftown trips0.00
5620919Rental of other vehicles on outoftown trips1.41
5620906Rental of boat0.01
5620921Rental of motorized camper0.00
5620922Rental of other RV's0.37
4600110Outboard motors0.65
4520901Docking and landing fees1.33
4RECEQUIPSports, recreation and exercise equipment70.67
5600210Athletic gear, game tables, exercise equip. *31.84
5600310Bicycles6.84
5600410Camping equipment8.17
5600420Hunting and fishing equipment14.51
5600430Winter sports equipment1.21
5600901Water sports equipment3.52
5600902Other sports equipment3.47
5600903Global Positioning Services0.00
5620908Rental and repair of mis. sports equipment1.12
4PHOTOEQPhotographic equipment, supplies and services41.56
5610210Film *5.46
5610220Other photographic supplies0.32
5620330Film processing *10.53
5620905Repair and rental of photographic equipment0.11
5610230Photographic equipment17.21
5620320Photographer fees7.93
4610901Fireworks2.91
4610902Souvenirs0.72
4610903Visual goods1.17
4620913Pinball, electronic video games1.87
3PERSPRODPEGPersonal care products335.09
4640110Hair care products *58.89
4640120Nonelectric articles for the hair7.16
4640130Wigs and hairpieces2.78
4640210Oral hygiene products, articles37.59
4640220Shaving needs18.55
4640310Cosmetics, perfume, bath preparation *159.33
4640410Deodorants, feminine hygiene, misc pers. Care38.60
4640420Electric personal care appliances12.19
3PERSSERVPEGPersonal care services302.58
4650310Personal care service *302.58
4650900Repair of personal care appliances0.00
3READINGPEGReading88.23
4590310Newspapers, Magazines by Subscription *64.93
4590410Newspapers, Magazines at Newstand *23.30
3590900PEGNewsletters0.00
3590220PEGBooks thru book clubs7.98
3590230PEGBooks not thru book clubs *64.38
3660310PEGEncyclopedia and other sets of reference books1.95
2EDU&COMMMEGEducation and Communication2,875.29
3EDUCATNPEGEducation126.68
4670210Elementary and high school tuition *100.75
4660210School books, supplies for elementary and H.S25.93
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3COMMICATPEGCommunications1,840.72
4PHONETelephone services1,599.90
5270101Telephone services in home city, excluding car *865.86
5270102Telephone services for mobile car phones *695.39
5270103Pager service2.59
5270104Phone cards36.06
4690114Computer information services *240.81
3270310PEGCommunity antenna or cable/satellite TV *680.92
3COMP&SVCPEGComputers and Computer Services226.97
4690113Repair of computer systems for nonbusiness use7.56
4690111Computers and computer hardware nonbusiness use *192.72
4690112Computer software and accessories for nonbusiness use26.69
2MISCMEGMEGMiscellaneous7,659.59
3TOBACCOPEGTobacco products and smoking supplies250.30
4630110Cigarettes *231.80
4630210Other tobacco products16.78
4630220Smoking accessories1.72
3MISCPEGMiscellaneous931.02
4620925Miscellaneous fees4.07
4620926Lotteries and parimutuel losses115.49
4680110Legal fees *132.58
4680140Funeral expenses *69.06
4680210Safe deposit box rental4.48
4680220Checking accounts, other bank service charges23.98
4680901Cemetery lots, vaults, maintenance fees23.72
4680902Accounting fees50.18
4680903Miscellaneous personal services49.33
4680904Dating services0.59
4710110Credit card interest and annual fees *266.12
4900002Occupational expenses *40.97
4790600Expenses for other properties141.97
4880210Interest paid, home equity line of credit (other property)0.18
4620115Shopping club membership fees8.31
3INSPENSNPEGPersonal insurance and pensions6,478.27
4LIFEINSRLife and other personal insurance *486.20
5700110Life, endowment, annuity, other personal insurance469.05
5002120Other nonhealth insurance17.15
4PENSIONSPensions and Social Security5,992.07
5800910Deductions for government retirement *94.65
5800920Deductions for railroad retirement4.43
5800931Deductions for private pensions488.08
5800932Nonpayroll deposit to retirement plans442.06
5800940Deductions for Social Security4,962.85

Appendix 3—COLA Survey Items and Descriptions

Adhesive Bandages. One box of 30 adhesive bandages. Assorted sizes. Clear or flexible okay to use. (Note: in Virginia, add tax to this item.) Use: Band Aid.

Airfare Los Angeles. Lowest cost round trip ticket to Los Angeles, CA, 3-week advance reservation, departing and returning midweek and including Saturday night stay. Price non-refundable ticket. Disregard restrictions, super-saver fares, and special promotions. In reference area, price flights from Baltimore Washington International for Maryland, Reagan National for the District of Columbia, and Dulles for Virginia. Price all flights via Internet on same day during the DC area survey. Use: Major carrier.

Airfare Miami. Lowest cost round trip ticket to Miami, FL, 3-week advance reservation, departing and returning midweek and including Saturday night stay. Price non-refundable ticket. Disregard restrictions, super-saver fares, and special promotions. In reference area, price flights from Baltimore Washington International for Maryland, Reagan National for the District of Columbia, and Dulles for Virginia. Price all flights via Internet on same day during the DC area survey. Use: Major carrier.

Airfare Seattle. Lowest cost round trip ticket to Seattle, WA, 3-week advance reservation, departing and returning midweek and including Saturday night stay. Price non-refundable ticket. Disregard restrictions, super-saver fares, and special promotions. In reference area, price flights from Baltimore Washington International for Maryland, Reagan National for the District of Columbia, and Dulles for Virginia. Price all flights via Internet on same day during the DC area survey. Use: Major carrier.

Airfare St. Louis. Lowest cost round trip ticket to St. Louis, MO, 3-week advance reservation, departing and returning midweek and including Saturday night stay. Price non-refundable ticket. Disregard restrictions, super-saver fares, and special promotions. In reference area, price flights from Baltimore Washington International for Maryland, Reagan National for the District of Columbia, and Dulles for Virginia. Price all flights via Internet on same day during the DC area survey. Use: Major carrier.

Alternator (Ford). Price of a remanufactured 95 Amp alternator for a 1998 Start Printed Page 74879Ford Explorer 4.0L fuel injected V6 with A/C and automatic transmission to the consumer at a dealership. Report price net of core charge (i.e., price after core is returned). Report core charge in comments. If only new alternator available, report new price as match. If price varies whether dealer installs, assume dealer installs but do not price labor. Use: Dealer recommended brand.

Alternator (Toyota). Price of a remanufactured alternator for a 1998 Toyota Corolla LE sedan, 4 door, 1.8 liter, 4 cylinder, 16 valve, automatic transmission, to the consumer at a dealership. Report price net of core charge (i.e., price after core is returned). Report core charge in comments. If only new alternator available, report new price as match. If price varies whether dealer installs, assume dealer installs but do not price labor. Use: Dealer recommended brand.

Antacid. Ninety-six count size of extra strength tablets. Use: Tums EX 96 tablets.

Antibacterial Ointment. One ounce and 1/2 ounce tubes of antibacterial ointment. Use: Neosporin Original.

Apples. Price per pound, loose (not bagged) apples. If only bagged apples available, report bag weight. Use: Red Delicious.

Area Rug. Approximately 8 foot by 11 foot oval braided rug, flat woven, 3-ply yarn, wool/nylon/rayon blend, with multi-colored accents. Include sales tax and shipping and handling. Use: American Traditions. JC Penney catalog number: A751-0449.

Artificial Sweetener. Fifty-count package of artificial sweetener. Use: Equal.

Aspirin. Fifty tablets of regular strength aspirin. Use: Bayer, Regular Strength.

ATV, Honda. All terrain sports vehicle with 250-300cc engine. Electric start. Use: Honda 2007 Sportrax 300EX.

ATV, Yamaha. All terrain sports vehicle with 350cc engine. Electric start. Use: Yamaha Warrior.

Auto Finance Rate. Interest rate for a 4-year loan on a new car with a down payment of 20 percent. Assume the loan applicant is a current bank customer who will make payments by cash/check and not by automatic deduction from the account. Enter 7.65 percent as $7.650. If bank needs to know type of car, use specified Ford. Obtain interest rate and verify phone number. Use: Interest percentage rate.

Baby Food. Four ounce jar strained vegetables or fruit. Use: Gerber 2nd.

Babysitter. Minimum hourly wage appropriate to area. Use: Government wage data.

Baking Dish 8 x 8. Glass baking dish, 8 inch square glass, clear or tinted. Exclude baking dish with cover or lid. Use: Martha Stewart (K-Mart) and Anchor Hocking (Wal-Mart).

Baking Dish 9 x 13. Glass baking dish, 9 inch by 13 inch glass, clear or tinted. Exclude baking dish with cover or lid. Use: Pyrex.

Bananas. Price per pound of bananas. If sold by bunch, report price and weight of average sized bunch. Use: Available brand.

Bath Towel. Approximately 56 inch x 30 inch wide, 100 percent cotton, medium weight. Side hem is woven selvage. Bottom hem may be folded. Use: Springmaid (Wal-Mart) and Martha Stewart 3 Star (K-Mart).

Beer at Home (Cans). Six-pack of 12 ounce cans. Do not price refrigerated beer unless that is the only type available. Use: Budweiser.

Beer Away. All restaurant types. One glass of beer, draft if available. Check sales tax and include in price. Use: Budweiser.

Board Game. Price standard edition, not deluxe. Use: Sorry.

Book, Paperback. Store price (not publisher's list price unless that is the store price) for top selling fiction, paperback book. Also price via Amazon.com during the DC area survey. Use: Chesapeake Blue, by Nora Roberts and The King of Torts, by John Grisham.

Bowling. One game of open (or non-league) 10-pin bowling on a weekday (Monday-Friday) between the hours of 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Exclude shoe rental. If priced by the hour, report hourly rate divided by 5 (i.e., estimated number of games per hour) and note hourly rate in comments. Do not price duck-pin bowling. Use: Bowling.

Boy's Jeans. Relaxed fit, size range 9 to 14, pre-washed jeans, not bleached, stone-washed or designer jeans. Use: Levis 550 Relaxed Fit.

Boy's Polo Shirt. Knit polo-type short sleeve shirt with collar, solid color, cotton/polyester, size range 8 to 14. Use: Ralph Lauren (Macys) and Lands End (Sears).

Boy's T-Shirt. Screen-printed t-shirt for boys ages 8 thru 10 (sizes 7 to 14). Pullover with crew neck, short sleeves and polyester/cotton blend. Do not price team logo shirts. Use: Green Dog Blues (Macys) and Canyon River Blues (Sears).

Bread, Wheat. Loaf of sliced wheat bread, 16 ounces. Do not price store brand. Use: Roman Meal 16 oz.

Bread, Wheat, Butter Top. Loaf of sliced wheat bread, 20-24 ounces. Do not price store brand. Use: Home Pride. Love's Home Pride is an equivalent brand.

Bread, White. Loaf of sliced white bread, 22-24 ounces. Do not price store brand. Use: Wonder giant loaf. Love's is an equivalent brand.

Breakfast Full Service. Approximately two strips of bacon or two sausages, two eggs, toast, hash browns, coffee, and juice. Check sales tax and include in price. Use: Bacon and eggs breakfast.

Cable TV, Analog Service. One month of cable service. Include converter and universal remote fees. Do not price value packages or premium channels; i.e., Showtime, HBO, Cinemax. Do not report hook-up charges. Itemize taxes and fees as percent rates or amounts and add to price. Also try to obtain a bill from a local resident for comparison purposes. Use: Local provider.

Camera Film. Four-pack, 35 millimeter, 24 exposure, 400 ASA (speed). Use: Kodak Max 400.

Candy Bar. One regular size candy bar-weight approximately 1.55 to 2.13 ounces. Do not price king-size or multi-pack. Use: Snickers.

Canned Chopped Ham. Twelve ounce can of processed luncheon meat. Do not price turkey, light, or smoked varieties. Use: SPAM.

Canned Green Beans. Fourteen to 15 ounce can of plain-cut green beans. Use: Del Monte.

Canned Peaches. Fifteen to 16 ounce can of peaches. Use: Del Monte.

Canned Soup. Regular size (approx. 10.7 ounce) can of condensed soup. Not hearty, reduced fat, or salt free varieties. Use: Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup.

Canned Tuna. Chunk light tuna, packed in spring water (6.0 to 6.13 ounces). Do not price fancy style or albacore. Use: Star Kist.

Cellular Phone 500 Minute Plan. Cellular phone service with 500 anytime minutes per month. Price via internet, all areas at the same time during the DC area survey. Call for fee information. Itemize taxes and fees and add to price. Also try to obtain a bill from a local resident for comparison purposes. Use: Major provider.

Cellular Phone 600 Minute Plan. Cellular phone service with 600 anytime minutes per month. Price via internet, all areas at the same time during the DC area survey. Call for fee information. Itemize taxes and fees and add to price. Also try to obtain a bill from a local resident for comparison purposes. Use: Major provider.

Cellular Phone 800 Minute Plan. Cellular phone service with 800 anytime minutes per month. Price via internet, all areas at the same time during the DC area survey. Call for fee information. Itemize taxes and fees and add to price. Also try to obtain a bill from a local resident for comparison purposes. Use: Major provider.

Cereal. Raisin bran cereal, approximately 20 ounce box. Use: Post Raisin Bran.

Charcoal Grill. Charcoal grill, heavy gauge, porcelain-enameled, steel lid, approximately 22.5 inches diameter, model 741001. Use: Weber 1 Touch Silver 221/2″.

Charcoal Grill. Charcoal grill, heavy gauge, porcelain-enameled, steel lid, approximately 18.5 inches diameter, model 441001. Use: Weber 1 Touch Silver 18.5″.

Cheese. Twelve ounce package cheese, 16 slices. Okay to price two percent milk-reduced fat singles, but do not price fat free variety. Use: Kraft Singles, American.

Chicken Breast, Skinless, Boneless. Price per pound of USDA grade boneless, skinless, fresh chicken breasts. Price store brand if available, otherwise record brand. Note: Most “fresh” (i.e., not frozen) chicken is “chilled” to almost freezing. Use: Store brand.

Chicken, Whole Fryer, Fresh. Price per pound of USDA graded, whole fryer, fresh chicken. If multiple brands available, match the lowest priced item and note in comments. If frozen chicken available, price as substitute. Note: Most “fresh” (i.e., not frozen) chicken is “chilled” to almost freezing. Use: Available brand.

Chrysler. Purchase price of a 2007 Chrysler Sebring sedan, 4 door, 2.4 liter, 4 cylinder, 16 valve, four-speed automatic transmission. Please note the price of any special option packages. Use: Chrysler Sebring sedan.

Chrysler License, Registration, Taxes, & Inspection. License, registration, periodic taxes (e.g., road or personal property tax, but NOT one-time taxes such as sales tax), and inspection (e.g., safety and emissions) on the Chrysler specified for survey. Use: Specified Chrysler.

Chuck Roast, Boneless. Price per pound, fresh (not frozen or previously frozen) boneless beef chuck pot roast. Price USDA Select or un-graded if available. If not available, note USDA grade in comments. Start Printed Page 74880Use average size package; i.e., not family-pack, value-pack, super-saver pack, or equivalent. If multiple brands available (e.g., Angus), match the lowest priced item and note in comments. Use: Available brand.

Cigarettes. One pack filter kings. Include State and/or Federal tobacco tax in price if normally part of the price. Report sales tax in the same manner as any other taxable item. Use: Marlboro.

Coffee, Ground. Thirteen ounce can. Do not price decaffeinated or special roasts. Use: Folger's.

Compact Disc. Current best-selling CD. Do not price double CD's. Use: Norah Jones, Feels Like Home or Beyonce, Dangerously In Love.

Contact Lenses. One box of disposable contact lenses, three pairs in the box. A pair lasts 2 weeks. Use: Bausch & Lomb or Acuvue.

Cookies. Approximately sixteen ounce package of chocolate chip cookies. Use: Nabisco Chips Ahoy.

Cooking Oil. Forty-eight fluid ounce plastic bottle of vegetable oil. Use: Crisco.

Cordless Phone 2.4 GHz. Cordless phone, 2.4 GHz with Caller ID and Digital Answering Machine. Color: Black. Use: GE 2.4 GHz (27998GE6).

Cordless Phone 900 MHz. Cordless phone, 900MHz with Caller ID and Digital Answering Machine. Use: GE (26992GE1).

Credit Card Interest & Annual Fees. Obtain credit card interest rate of gold and platinum cards and apply it to the national average balance ($8,562) plus any annual fees charged by the bank. Obtain interest rate and charges and verify phone number. Use: Gold and platinum VISA/Master Card.

Cremation. Direct cremation. Includes removal of remains, local transportation to crematory, necessary body care and minimal services of the staff. Include crematory fee. Do not include price of urn. Ask if crematory fee, Medical Examiner fee, and minimum basic container is included. Ask if anything other than basic service, such as a funeral service, is included. Use: Cremation.

Cured Ham, Boneless. Price per pound of a boneless cured ham. If multiple brands available, match the lowest priced item and note in comments. Use: Hormel, Cure 81.

Day Care. One month of day care for a 3-year old child, 5 days a week, about 10 hours per day. If monthly rate is not available, (1) obtain weekly rate, (2) record rate in the comments section, and (3) multiply weekly rate by 4.33 to obtain monthly rate. Use: Day care.

Dental Clean and Check-Up. Current adult patient charge for routine exam, including two bite-wing x-rays and cleaning of teeth with light scaling and polishing. No special treatment of gums or teeth. Do not price an initial visit or specialist or oral surgeon. (Dental codes: 0120, 0272, 1110.) Use: Dentist.

Dental Crown. Cost of a full crown on a lower molar, porcelain fused to a high noble metal. Include price of preparation or restoration of tooth to accept crown. Price for an adult. (Dental code: 2750.) Use: Dentist.

Dental Filling. Lower molar, two surfaces resin-based composite filling. Price for an adult. (Dental code: 2392.) Use: Dentist.

Dining Table Set. Solid hardwood butcher-block top dining table with 6 coordinating slat-back chairs (2 bonus side chairs for a penny). Table measures 42 x 60″, expands to a 60″ square with butterfly leaf, 291/2″ high. Chairs have an 18″ seat height. Include sales tax and shipping and handling. Use: 5-piece casual dining set from JC Penney catalog number: A796-1323.

Dinner Full Service—Filet Mignon. Extra fine dining, fine dining, and Outback-type restaurants. Filet mignon (6 to 10 ounce) with 1 or 2 small side dishes (e.g., rice or potato), salad and coffee. Do not include tip. Check sales tax and include in price. Use: Filet mignon.

Dinner Full Service—Steak, Large. Extra fine dining, fine dining, and Outback-type restaurants. Steak (10 to 16 ounce) with 1 or 2 small side dishes (e.g., rice or potato), salad and coffee. Do not include tip. Check sales tax and include in price. Use: Steak dinner, large.

Dinner Full Service—Steak, Medium. Casual and pancake house restaurants. Approximately 8 to 12 ounce steak, with 1 or 2 small side dishes (e.g., rice or potato), side salad or salad bar, and coffee. Meal should not include dessert. If 8-12 ounce unavailable, price closest size and note in comments. Check sales tax and include in price. Use: Steak dinner, medium.

Dish Set. Patterned tableware, 20-piece set. Includes: 4 dinner plates, 4 luncheon plates, 4 bowls, 4 cups, and 4 saucers. Use: Corelle, Chutney.

Disposable Diapers. Grocery and discount stores. Pampers: Forty-eight count package, Stage 2 (child 12-18 lbs), Jumbo disposable diapers with koala fit grips. If Stage 2 is not available price a different stage Pampers Jumbo diaper, report as match, and note stage in comments. Huggies: Forty-eight count package, Step 2 (child 12-18 lbs), Jumbo, Ultratrim disposable diapers with stretch waist. If Step 2 is not available price a different step Huggies Jumbo diaper, report as match, and note step in comments. Use: Pampers, Baby Dry, Jumbo, Stage 2; Huggies, Ultratrim, Jumbo, Step 2.

Doctor Office Visit. Typical fee for office visit for an adult when medical advice or simple treatment is needed. Do not price initial visit. Exclude regular physical examination, injections, medications, or lab tests. Use general practitioner not pediatrician or other specialist. Medical Code: 99213. Use: Doctor.

Drill, Cord. Variable speed, 3/8 inch, reversible electric drill, approximately 5 amp. Use: Black & Decker DR200, Craftsman Model 10104 (Sears).

Drill, Cord (Extra Features). Variable speed, 3/8 inch, reversible electric drill, approximately 5 amp, keyless chuck, double gear reduction, built-in level. Use: Black & Decker DR201K.

Drill, Cordless. Variable speed, reversible, 3/8 inch keyless ratcheting chuck, 14.4 volt, electric drill with fast recharge, with battery charger. Use: DeWalt DW928K-2 (Sears item number 00926842000).

Dry Clean Man's Suit. Dry cleaning of a two-piece man's suit of typical fabric. Do not price for silk, suede or other unusual materials. Use: Dry cleaning.

DVD Movie. Current best-selling DVD movie. Do not price double DVDs. Use: Bruce Almighty or Seabiscuit.

DVD Player. Progressive scan 1-disc MP3/CD/DVD player. Use: Sony DVPNS425P and Sony DVP-NS725P; RCA DRC230N (K-Mart); RCA DRC212N (Wal-Mart).

Education, Private 6-12. Cost of tuition. Note if books and uniforms are included. If price varies by grade, record in comments price for each grade. Note any annual, recurring fees; i.e., registration, computer, activity, etc. If pricing at church-affiliated schools, note any rate differences for church members versus others. Use: Private school 6-12, private school K-12, private school K-8.

Eggs (White, Large). One dozen large white Grade A eggs. If multiple brands available, match the lowest priced item and note in comments. Use: Available brand.

Electric Bill. Total utility rates for electricity from utility function model, including all taxes and surcharges, etc. Use utility worksheets to collect data. Also try to obtain a bill from a local resident for comparison purposes. Use: Local provider.

Electric Broom. Electric broom style vacuum cleaner with 2 amp motor. Use: K-Mart: Eureka The Boss Bagless 164; Wal-Mart: Eureka The Boss Bagless 169.

Eye Round Roast, Boneless. Price per pound, fresh (not frozen or previously frozen) boneless eye round roast. Price USDA Select or un-graded if available. If not available, note USDA grade in comments. Use average size package, i.e., not family-pack, value-pack, super-saver pack, or equivalent. If multiple brands available (e.g. Angus), match the lowest priced item and note in comments. Use: Available brand.

Fast Food Breakfast. Egg McMuffin value meal, includes hash browns and coffee. Price medium size. Check sales tax and include in price. Use: Egg McMuffin Value Meal (Med.).

Fast Food Dinner Burger. Big Mac value meal, includes fries and soda. Price medium size. Check sales tax and include in price. Use: Big Mac Value Meal (Med.).

Fast Food Dinner Pizza. Medium cheese pizza (without extra cheese) with salad and small soft drink. Check sales tax and include in price. Use: Medium Cheese Pizza.

Fast Food Lunch Burger. Big Mac value meal, includes fries and soda. Price medium size. Check sales tax and include in price. Use: Big Mac Value Meal (Med.).

Fast Food Lunch Pizza. Personal size cheese pizza (without extra cheese) or one slice of cheese pizza. Include price of a small soft drink. Do not include price of salad or other side dishes. Check sales tax and include in price. Use: Cheese Pizza.

FEGLI (Life Insurance). Federal life insurance. This item is not surveyed locally because it is constant across all areas. Use: Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance.

FEHB Insurance. Self only and family. This item is not surveyed locally. OPM provides premiums and enrollment data from Central Personnel Data File. Use: Federal Employees Health Benefits Insurance.

FERS/CSRS Contributions. Federal retirement contributions. This item is not surveyed locally because it is constant across all areas. Use: Federal Employees' Retirement System and Civil Service Retirement System.Start Printed Page 74881

Filing Cabinet. Metal, two-drawer, vertical file cabinet, approximately 24 x 14 x 18 inches. File drawer accommodates hanging files. Use: K-Mart: ISD Classic File 150; Wal-Mart: Space Solutions Ready File 10002.

Film Processing 1 Hour. One-hour color film processing for 24 exposure, 35 mm, with either 3 x 5 or 4 x 6 inch single prints. Use: In-store processing.

Ford Explorer 4WD. Purchase price of a 2007 Ford Explorer XLT, 4x4, 4 door, 4.0 liter, 6 cylinder, 5-speed automatic overdrive transmission. Please note the price of any special option packages. Use: Ford Explorer XLT.

Ford License, Registration, Taxes, and Inspection. License, registration, periodic taxes (e.g., road or personal property tax, but NOT one-time taxes such as sales tax), and inspection (e.g., safety and emissions) on the Ford specified for survey. Use: Specified Ford.

Fresh Mahi-Mahi. Price per pound of fresh Mahi-Mahi fillet. Do not price previously frozen (PF) or specially prepared varieties. Do not price family-pack, value-pack, super-save pack, or equivalent. If multiple brands available, match the lowest priced item and note in comments. Use: Available brand.

Fresh Tuna Steak, Yellowfin (Ahi). Price one pound of tuna steak, yellowfin (Ahi), fresh. Do not price previously frozen (PF) or specially prepared varieties. Do not price family-pack, value-pack, super-save pack, or equivalent. If multiple brands available, match the lowest priced item and note in comments. Use: Available brand.

Frozen Fish Fillet. Price of one box (10 count) of frozen ocean whitefish breaded fillets. Use: Gorton's Lemon Herb flavor, approximately 18 ounce (if unavailable, price traditional crunchy as a substitute); Van de Kamp 10 count, approximately 21 to 25 ounce.

Frozen Orange Juice. Twelve fluid ounce can of orange juice concentrate (makes 48 fl ounces). Do not price calcium fortified, pulp free, country style, etc. Use: Minute Maid.

Frozen Peas. Sixteen ounce package of frozen petite or baby peas, no sauce or onions. Use: C&W Petite peas.

Frozen TV Dinner. One 11.75 ounce (approximate size) frozen dinner with vegetable and/or other condiment. Do not price Hungry Man or equivalent extra-portion sizes. Use: Swanson Roasted Carved Turkey Breast, Swanson Angus Beef Salisbury Steak.

Frozen Waffles. Ten count box of frozen waffles per package. Do not price fat-free or whole wheat varieties. Use: Eggo (10 ct).

Fruit Drink. Ten pack of fruit drink, not juice, any flavor. Use: Hi C fruit punch drink 10 pack.

Fruit Juice. Forty-eight ounce glass or plastic bottle of cranberry juice. Use: Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice.

Gas. Price per gallon for self-service unleaded regular gasoline. Use: Major brand.

Gelatin. Three ounce box gelatin dessert. Use: JELL-O.

General Admission Evening Film. Adult price for evening showing, current-release (currently advertised on television). Report weekend evening price if different from weekday. Use: Movie.

Girl's Dress. Girls print dress, softly colored floral-print blue chiffon dress. Scoop neck, split sleeves. Polyester chiffon; lining is polyester, washable. Include sales tax and shipping and handling. Use: Hype print dress, JC Penney catalog number: A380-9973.

Girl's Jeans. Slim fit in the seat and thighs with flared legs and traditional 5-pocket styling, for girls ages 8 to 10 (size 7 to 14). Use: Ralph Lauren (Macys), Levis 517 (Sears).

Girl's Polo Type Top. Girl's polo cotton blend, striped or solid pattern. Price sizes 7 to 14 or S, M, and L in girls sizes. Use: Ralph Lauren (Macys), Lands End (Sears).

Girl's Polo Type Top (Catalog). Girl's polo cotton/polyester blend, striped or solid pattern, straight bottom hem, 2-button front placket, with ribbed collar and cuffs; washable. Price sizes 7 to 14 or S, M, and L in girls sizes. JC Penney catalog number: A373-0302. Include sales tax and shipping and handling. Use: Ruling Class.

Golf, Non Resort. Eighteen holes of golf on weekend with cart, tee-time approximately 2 p.m. Do not price par 3 courses. If only nine holes available, double price. If only daily rate available (unlimited number of holes), report the Saturday or Sunday rate. Price local resident fee. Use: Golf, non-resort.

Golf, Resort. Eighteen holes of golf on weekend with cart, tee-time approximately 2 p.m. Do not price par 3 courses. If only nine holes available, double price. If only daily rate available (unlimited number of holes), report the Saturday or Sunday rate. Price local resident fee (not hotel guest fee). Price outside of local jurisdiction if necessary. Use: Golf, resort.

Ground Beef. Price per pound, fresh (not frozen or previously frozen) ground beef or ground chuck. Price USDA Select or un-graded if available. If not available, note USDA grade in comments. Use average size package, i.e., not family-pack, value-pack, super-saver pack, or equivalent. If multiple brands available (e.g. Angus), match the lowest priced item and note in comments. Use: Available brand, 7% fat and 20% fat.

Hamburger Buns. Eight-count package of sliced enriched white hamburger buns. Do not price store brand. Use: Wonder. Love's is an equivalent brand.

Hand-Held Vacuum. Cordless, hand-held, vacuum with upholstery brush and crevice tool. Use: Black & Decker DustBuster 7.2 volt V7210 (K-Mart and Wal-Mart); 9.6 volt V9610 (Wal-Mart).

Health Club Membership. One-year regular, individual membership for existing member. Do not price special offers. If no yearly rate, price month and prorate. Service must include free weights, cardiovascular equipment, and aerobic classes. Note if pool, tennis, racquet ball, or other service included. Use: Gold's Gym type.

Hospital Room. Daily charge for a private and semi-private room. Include food and routine care. Exclude cost of operating room, surgery, medicine, lab fees, etc. Do not price specialty rooms; e.g., those in cardiac care units. Use: Private room and semi-private room.

Hot Dogs, Beef Franks. Sixteen ounce package, 10 count, USDA graded, all beef franks. Do not price chicken, turkey, extra lean, or fat free frankfurters. Use: Oscar Mayer Beef Franks.

Hot Dogs, Wieners. Sixteen ounce package, 10 count, USDA graded, meat (e.g., turkey and pork) wieners. Do not price extra lean or fat free varieties. Use: Oscar Mayer Wieners.

Housekeeping (Hourly Wage). Local hourly wage for a housekeeper or janitor. BLS code 37-2012. Use: Government wage data.

Ice Cream. One-half gallon vanilla flavored ice cream. Do not price ice milk, fat free, sugar free, or frozen yogurt. Use: Breyers.

Ice Cream Cup. One scoop, vanilla ice cream in a cup. Do not price frozen yogurt or soft-serve ice cream. Use: Baskin Robbins type.

Ice Cream Cup (Gourmet). One scoop, vanilla ice cream in a cup. Do not price frozen yogurt or soft-serve ice cream. Use: Ben & Jerry's type.

Infant's Sleeper. One-piece sleeping garment with legs, covering the body including the feet. Stretch cotton/polyester terry. Washable. Can be packaged or hanging. Size: Newborn. Use: Carters Starters.

Insurance, Auto. Annual premium for Chrysler, Ford, and Toyota surveyed; 35-year old married male, currently insured, no accidents/violations. Commuting 15 miles one-way/day, annual 15,000 miles. Bodily injury 100/300; property damage 25; medical 15 or personal injury protection 50; uninsured motorist 100/300; comprehensive deductible 100; and collision deductible 250. If this level of coverage is not available, price the policy with the closest coverage. In Guam, price optional typhoon coverage. Car values: Chrysler-$19,560; Ford-$32,045; Toyota-$16,095. Use: National company if available.

Internet Service Cable. Monthly charge for unlimited cable Internet access. Itemize taxes and fees and add to price. Also try to obtain a bill from a local resident for comparison purposes. Use: Local cable provider.

Internet Service DSL. Monthly charge for unlimited DSL Internet access. Itemize taxes and fees and add to price. Also try to obtain a bill from a local resident for comparison purposes. Use: Local DSL provider.

Jelly. Eighteen ounce jar of grape jelly or jam. Use: Welch's.

Jewelry Earring Set. A box set of fake diamond earrings and necklace. Use: Store brand.

Ketchup. Twenty-four ounce plastic squeeze bottle. Use: Heinz.

Kitchen Range (Electric coil). Thirty inch free standing, self-cleaning, electric range with coil burners and standard size (small) glass window on oven door. Model numbers may vary slightly by dealer. Use: General Electric JBP24BBWH or CT, Kenmore model 22-92812, and Frigidaire FEF352AW.

Laptop Computer. Laptop with Mobile Intel Pentium 4 processor, 2.6 GHz, 512 MB, 40GB Hard Drive, 24x/10x/24x CDRW and 8x DVD combo, 15-inch monitor. Include tax and shipping and handling. Use: Gateway M350S.

Laundry Soap. Eighty fluid ounce of liquid household laundry detergent. Use: Cheer with Colorguard.

Lawn Care (Hourly Wage). Local wage for gardener/grounds keeper. BLS code 37-3011. Use: Government wage data.

Lawn Mower, Self Propelled. Twenty-one to 22 inch, self-propelled 6.5-6.75 HP gas lawn mower. Use: Craftsman 37849, Toro 20017, and Troy-Bilt 200 (12A566N063).Start Printed Page 74882

Lawn Trimmer, Gas. Gas powered 25cc 2-cycle engine, 17-18 inch wide cut. Straight or curved shaft okay. Bump or automatic line feed. Note: Model numbers may vary slightly by dealer. Use: Craftsman 79554, Homelite UT20778, and Troy-Bilt TB15CS (31cc).

LD Call Chicago. Cost of a 10-minute call using regional carrier, received on a weekday in Chicago at 8 p.m. (Chicago time); direct dial. Itemize taxes and fees and add to price. Use: AT&T.

LD Call Los Angeles. Cost of a 10-minute call using regional carrier, received on a weekday in Los Angeles at 8 p.m. (LA time); direct dial. Itemize taxes and fees and add to price. Use: AT&T.

LD Call New York. Cost of a 10-minute call using regional carrier, received on a weekday in New York at 8 p.m. (NY time); direct dial. Itemize taxes and fees and add to price. Use: AT&T.

Lettuce, Leaf, Red or Green. One each of red or green leaf lettuce. Note average weight in comments. Use: Available brand.

Lettuce, Romaine. Price one pound of romaine lettuce. If only sold by each, note an average weight in comments. Use: Available brand.

Lipstick. One tube, any color. Use: Revlon Super Lustrous and Maybelline.

Living Room Chair. Padded microsuede rocker/recliner. Polyester fabric. 361/2 x 321/2 x 411/2″. 20″ seat height. Include sales tax and shipping and handling. Use: Microsuede Rocker/Recliner, JC Penney catalog number A792-1069.

Lunch Full Service. Pancake house and casual restaurants. Cheeseburger platter with fries and small soft drink. Check sales tax and include in price. Use: Cheeseburger platter.

Lunch Meat, All Beef. Eight-ounce package, all-beef variety, sliced bologna. Use: Oscar Mayer Beef Bologna.

Lunch Meat, Regular. Eight-ounce package, meat (i.e., chicken and pork) sliced bologna. Use: Oscar Mayer Meat Bologna.

Magazine. Store price (not publisher's list price unless that is the store price) for a single copy. Use: People.

Magazine Subscription. One-year home delivery price of a magazine. This is priced during the DC area survey via the Internet. Use: Time.com.

Man's Athletic Shoe (Shoe Store). Man's walking shoe, soft leather upper. Full-length Phylon midsole with low-pressure Air-Sole units in heel and forefoot. Composition rubber outsole. Use: Reebok Classic.

Man's Dress Shirt. White or solid color long sleeve button cuff plain collar dress shirt, 100 percent cotton. Use: Ralph Lauren (Macys) and Lands End (Sears).

Man's Dress Shoe Leather Sole. Full leather lining, oak tanned/buffed leather outsoles, polished leather uppers, steel shank. Use: Bostonian Akron (Macys).

Man's Dress Shoe Rubber Sole. Leather oxford with cushioned insole and heel pad. Shoe has combination leather and rubber sole. Use: Rockport (Macys).

Man's Dress Shoe, Catalog. Full-grain leather captoe oxford, leather upper, leather outsole, with leather lining and a comfort heel cup. Slip-resistant sole. Include sales tax and shipping and handling. Use: Florsheim Lexington Captoe, JC Penney catalog number A014-9043.

Man's Jacket. Man's lightweight nylon jacket with drawstring hood and zip front, two front pockets with self-adhesive closure, elastic cuffs, drawcord bottom with polyester mesh lining; washable. Price regular size. Include sales tax and shipping and handling. Use: Woodlake Nylon Jacket, JC Penney catalog number A518-5055.

Man's Jeans. Relaxed-fit jeans. Use: Levis Red Tab 550.

Man's Khaki Pants. Man's casual khakis, any color, relaxed-fit or classic fit, no wrinkle, flat-front or pleated, cotton twill. Do not price expandable waistband. Use: Dockers.

Man's Khakis Stain Defender. Man's khaki with stain-repellant fabric, no wrinkles and permanent creases, cuffed hems, cotton/micro polyester fabric, washable, regular size. Use: Dockers Go Khaki Stain Defender.

Man's Regular Haircut. Regular haircut for short to medium length hair. Use: Unisex hair salon.

Man's Sport Watch. Digital compass, 100-hour chronograph, INDIGLO night-light, water-resistant up to 100 meters, digital display, alarm, countdown timer. Strap/watch colors may vary. Different models represent different color of face or strap. Use: K-Mart: Timex Expedition (47512). If available, price same watch without digital compass as a substitute. Wal-Mart: Timex Expedition (77862).

Man's Suit. Six-button, double-breasted worsted wool suit coat, flap pockets, chest pocket, dry clean only. Regular size with full acetate lining. Price coat as a separate, not combo with trousers. Include sales tax and shipping and handling. Use: Stafford Suit Coat, JC Penney catalog number A957-0249.

Man's Undershirt. One package of three men's v-neck T-shirts, White, 100 percent cotton undershirts with short sleeves, regular size. Use: Jockey (Macys) and Hanes (Sears).

Margarine. One pound (4 sticks) regular margarine. If stick not available, price tub as a match. Do not price reduced fat variety. Use: Parkay and Fleischmann's.

Mattress and Foundation. Full-size mattress and foundation. Plush Sealy fiber quilted on top of a thick layer of Sealy foam and convoluted foam. Mattress thickness: 12″. Foundations consist of “Shock Abzzorber” wood slats over steel center rails. Include sales tax and shipping and handling. Use: Sealy Posturepedic Plush, JC Penney catalog numbers A799-5702 and A799-5703.

Mayonnaise. Thirty-two ounce jar of mayonnaise. Do not price light or fat free. Use: Kraft.

Measuring Tape. Twenty-five foot tape measure with powerlock. Use: Stanley (33-425).

Milk, Two Percent. One gallon, two percent milk. If multiple brands available, match the lowest priced item and note in comments. Use: Available brand.

Motor Scooter, Honda. Motor scooter, moped-legal, 49cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke engine. Use: Honda 2007 CHF50P Metropolitan II.

Motor Scooter, Yamaha. Motor scooter, moped-legal, 49cc fan-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke engine. Use: Yamaha 2007 Vino.

Mover Driver (Hourly Wage). Local government hourly rate for truck driver light. BLS code 53-3033. Use: Government wage data.

Moving (Hourly Wage). Local hourly wage for a mover/material handler. BLS code 53-7062. Use: Government wage data.

Newspaper Subscription, Local. One-year of home delivery of the largest selling daily local paper (including Sunday edition) distributed in the area. Do not include tip. Use: Major local newspaper.

Newspaper, Newsstand, Local. Price of a local newspaper at a newsstand (in box), weekday issue. If a newsstand box is not available, price at a newsstand and indicate whether price includes tax. Use: Newspaper, newsstand, local.

Newspaper, Newsstand, National. Price of a New York Times newspaper, weekday issue, at a newsstand. Use: NY Times (newsstand).

Non-Aspirin Pain Reliever. Acetaminophen 500 mg. Use: Tylenol Extra Strength Geltabs 50-count and 100-count.

Oranges. Price per pound of loose, large, navel oranges. If only bagged oranges are available, also report the weight of the bag. Use: Available brand.

Parcel Post. Cost to mail a 5 pound package to Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York using regular mail delivery service. Use: United States Postal Service.

Pen. Ten-pack round stick medium point pen. Do not price crystal or clear type pens. Use: BIC (K-Mart) and Paper Mate (Wal-Mart).

Pet Food. Adult dry dog food. Use: Iams Chunks 8 lb. and 20 lb., and Purina O.N.E., 20 lb.

Piano Lessons. Monthly fee for half hour beginner private piano lessons for an adult, one lesson per week. Price through a music studio if possible. If only per lesson price is available, prorate using 1/2 hour lesson × 52 / 12. If only 1 hour lesson is available prorate accordingly. Use: Piano lessons.

Plant Food. Twenty-four ounce container of granulated all purpose plant food. Use: Miracle-Gro.

Pork Chops Center Cut, Boneless. Price per pound, fresh (not frozen or previously frozen) pork chops, center cut, boneless, loin chops. Use average size package, i.e., not family-pack, value-pack, super-saver pack, or equivalent. If multiple brands available, match the lowest priced item and note in comments. Use: Available brand.

Portable CD Player. Portable CD player, AM/FM-TV, weather bands, electronic skip protection, CD-R/RW compatible, with headphones. Use: Sony Walkman (D-FJ-210).

Potato Chips. One 5.2 to 6 ounce container of regular potato chips. Do not price fat free. Use: Pringles.

Potatoes. Price per pound of loose potatoes. If only bag potatoes available, report smallest size bag as substitute and note weight. Use: Russet or Idaho baking.

Prescription Drug 1. Nexium, 30 capsules 20 mg. Do not price generic. Use: Nexium.

Prescription Drug 2. Generic Amoxicil (i.e., Amoxicillin), 30 capsules, 250 mg. Use: Amoxicillin.

Printer, Color, Photo. Color inkjet printer, 5760 x 720 optimized dpi, 8 color ppm, USB Start Printed Page 74883connection. USB cable is not included. Include tax and shipping and handling. Use: Gateway, Epson Stylus Photo 825.

Red Roses. One dozen long stemmed, fresh cut red roses wrapped in floral paper, purchased in store—not delivered. Do not price boxed or roses arranged in vase. Use: Dozen red roses.

Refrigerator (Side-by-Side). Side-by-side refrigerator, approximately 25 to 26 cubic feet, with ice and water dispenser, and up-front temperature controls. Use: GE GSS25JFPWW, Frigidaire FRS26HF6BW, Frigidaire FRS26R2AW, and GE GSL25JFP.

Rental Data. Rental index from hedonic regressions. Use: Rental data.

Renter Insurance. One year of renters insurance (HO-4) coverage for $25,000 (low), $30,000 (middle), and $35,000 (upper) of contents. Policy must cover hurricane, earthquake, and other catastrophic damage. Note amount of liability coverage in comments; price minimum liability coverage if it varies. In Guam, assume concrete structure. Use: Major carrier.

Rice. Enriched white rice. Use: Mahatma 5-lb bag, extra long grain; Uncle Ben's Original 1-lb and 2-lb boxes, parboiled converted long grain.

Rip Claw Hammer. Twenty ounce, rip claw hammer with jacketed graphite handle and nylon vinyl grip. Use: Estwing E3-20S and Stanley 51-508.

Salt. Twenty-six ounce box of iodized salt. Use: Morton.

Shampoo. Fifteen ounce bottle for normal hair. Use: VO5.

Sheets. Sheets, 250 and 300 thread count cotton or cotton polyester blend. Queen size fitted or flat sheet, not a set. Use: Martha Stewart Everyday 4 Star, 250 thread count (K-Mart) and Springmaid, 300 thread count (Wal-Mart).

Shop Rate. Hourly shop rate for a mechanic at Chrysler, Ford, and Toyota dealerships. (Use auto dealer worksheet.) Use: Dealer shop rate.

Sirloin Steak, Boneless. Price per pound, fresh (not frozen or previously frozen) boneless beef top sirloin steak. Price USDA Select or un-graded if available. If not available, note USDA grade in comments. Use average size package; i.e., not family-pack, value-pack, super-saver pack, or equivalent. If multiple brands available (e.g., Angus), match the lowest priced item and note in comments. Use: Available brand.

Sliced Bacon. Sixteen ounce package USDA grade, regular slice. Do not price Canadian bacon, extra thick sliced, or extra lean bacon. Use: Oscar Mayer.

Snack Cake. One box (10 to a box) cream-filled type cake deserts. Not fresh baked desserts, individual servings, or larger family-style containers. Use: Hostess Twinkies.

Soft Drink. Twelve-pack of soft drink in 12 ounce cans. Use: Coca-Cola 12-pack (cans).

Spaghetti, Dry (National Brand). Sixteen ounce box or bag of pasta spaghetti. Use: Barilla.

Stamp. Cost of mailing a one ounce letter first class. Use: United States Postal Service.

Stand Mixer. Stand mixer with tilt-up head, 10-speeds, and 41/2 quart stainless steel bowl. Includes flat beater, dough hook, wire whip, and power hub for additional attachments. Last two characters of model number denote color. Use: KitchenAid Ultra Power Series 300 watt KSM90WH (Macys and Sears) and KitchenAid Classic Series 250 watt K45SSWH (Wal-Mart).

Sugar. Five pound bag of granulated cane or beet name brand sugar. Do not price superfine, store brand, or generic. Use: National brand. C&H brand is an equivalent.

Tax Preparation. Flat rate for preparing individual tax Federal 1040 (long form), Schedule A, plus State or local equivalents. (Note: Some areas only have local income taxes.) Note number of forms in comments. Assume typical itemized deductions. If only hourly rate available, obtain estimate of the time necessary to prepare forms, prorate, and report as a substitute. Use: H&R Block type.

Taxi Fare. Cab fare, one way, from major airport to destination 5 miles away. Price fare for one passenger with two suitcases. In reference area, price rides from Baltimore Washington International for Maryland, Reagan National for the District of Columbia, and Dulles for Virginia. Use: Taxi fare.

Telephone Service. Monthly cost for unmeasured touchtone service. Exclude options such as call waiting, call forwarding or fees for equipment rental. Itemize taxes and fees and add to price. Also try to obtain a bill from a local resident for comparison purposes. Use: Local provider.

Television 27” flat-screen. Flat-screen, 27 inch, stereo, color, with remote. Note: Model numbers may vary slightly by dealer. Use: Sony Trinitron WEGA (KV-27FS100) and RCA 27F530T and Sanyo DS-27930 (Wal-Mart).

Tennis Balls. One can, 3 pressurized tennis balls designed for recreational play. Do not price premium type balls. Use: Wilson Championship.

Tire Regular (Chrysler). One tire, size P205/65R15 service description 92T, “original equipment” quality, black sidewall for the 2001 Chrysler Sebring sedan. Do not include mounting, balancing, or road hazard warranty. Use: Goodyear Regatta, Goodyear Eagle LS, Goodyear Integrity, Goodyear WeatherHandler LS (Sears), Michelin Symmetry, and Michelin WeatherWise (Sears).

Tire Regular (Ford). One tire, size P235/75 R15 service description 105S load rating SL, “original equipment” quality, black sidewall for the 2001 Ford Explorer XLT. Do not include mounting, balancing, or road hazard warranty. Use: Goodyear Wrangler RT/S and Michelin XCX-APT.

Tire Regular (Toyota). One tire, size P185/65R14 service description 85S, “original equipment” quality, black sidewall for a 2001 Toyota Corolla LE sedan. Do not include mounting, balancing, or road hazard warranty. Use: Goodyear Regatta, Goodyear Integrity, Goodyear WeatherHandler LS (Sears), Michelin Symmetry, and Michelin WeatherWise (Sears).

Toilet Tissue. Twelve-count single-roll type. Use: Angel Soft.

Tomatoes. Price per pound of medium-size tomatoes. If only available in cellophane pack, note price and weight of average size package. Do not price organic, `hydro', plum, or extra fancy tomatoes. Use: Available brand.

Top Round Steak, Boneless. Price per pound, fresh (not frozen or previously frozen) boneless beef top round steak. Price USDA Select or un-graded if available. If not available, note USDA grade in comments. Use average size package; i.e., not family-pack, value-pack, super-saver pack, or equivalent. If multiple brands available (e.g., Angus), match the lowest priced item and note in comments. Use: Available brand.

Toyota. Purchase price of a 2007 Toyota Corolla LE sedan, 4 door, 1.8 liter, 4 cylinder, 16 valve, automatic transmission. Please note the price of any special option packages. Use: Toyota Corolla LE sedan.

Toyota License, Registration, Taxes, & Inspection. License, registration, periodic taxes (e.g., road or personal property tax, but NOT one-time taxes such as sales tax), and inspection (e.g., safety and emissions) on the Toyota specified for survey. Use: Specified Toyota.

Veterinary Services. Routine annual exam for a small dog (approximately 25 to 30 pounds). Do not price booster shots, medication, or other extras such as nail clipping, ear cleaning, etc. Use: Veterinary services.

Video Rental. Minimum rental rate for VHS movie, rented on a Saturday night. Use: Spider-Man VHS.

Wash, Single Load. One load, regular size wash using a front loading washing machine. Approximate capacity: 2.8 cubic foot or 18 pounds. Exclude cost of drying. Use: Coin laundry.

Washing Machine, Front Load. White 3.34 cubic feet, 27 inch, front load washer with LED touchpad controls. Use: Maytag Neptune (MAH5500B).

Washing Machine, Top Load. Top loader, 5 water levels, 7 temperature settings, 4 rinse options. Use: Kenmore 24-9523.

Water Bill. Average monthly consumption in gallons and dollars (e.g. cost for first __ gallons; cost for over __ gallons), sewage and related charges, and customer service charge. Also try to obtain a bill from a local resident for comparison purposes. Use: Water bill.

Will Preparation. Hourly rate for a lawyer (not a paralegal) to prepare a simple will. If only flat rate available, record flat rate amount and divide by average amount of hours it would take to prepare will and note in comments. Use: Legal service.

Wine at Home. Chardonnay wine, 750 ml. any vintage. Use: Turning Leaf.

Wine Away. Casual, fine dining, extra fine dining, and Outback type restaurants. One glass of house white wine. Check sales tax and include in price. Use: House wine.

Woman's Athletic Shoe (Shoe store). Woman's walking shoe, soft leather upper. Full-length Phylon midsole with low-pressure Air-Sole units in heel and forefoot. Composition rubber outsole. Use: Reebok Classic.

Woman's Blouse. Long sleeve, button front blouse with minimum or no trim. Washable. May or may not have shoulder pads. Price regular size. Do not price in Woman's or Plus size. Note brand in comments. Use: Charter Club long sleeve, 100 percent cotton (Macys) and Laura Scott short sleeve, 100 percent polyester (Sears).

Woman's Blue Jeans. Blue jeans. Machine washable, five pocket with zipper fly, loose Start Printed Page 74884fit, straight leg or tapered. Price regular size. Do not price in Woman's or Plus size sections. Do not price elastic waist. Use: Calvin Klein (Macys) and Lee original relaxed fit (Sears).

Woman's Casual Khakis. Woman's casual khakis, any color, flat-front or pleated pants, machine washable, all cotton. Price regular size. Do not price in Woman's or Plus size sections. Use: Style & Company (Macys) and Lands End (Sears).

Woman's Cut and Style. Wash, cut, and styled blow dry for medium length hair. Exclude curling iron if extra. Price hair salons in major department stores and malls. Use: Medium length hair.

Woman's Dress (Cold Water Creek). Silk georgette layered over polyester georgette; two-piece look with elasticized waist. Dry clean. Include sales tax and shipping and handling. Use: Tropical Print Dress. Cold Water Creek catalog number R29827.

Woman's Dress (Spiegel). Pink and rose-colored flower patterned, rayon, dry clean only, misses floral print dress. Misses: 4-16. Include sales tax and shipping and handling. Use: Misses Floral Print Dress. Spiegel catalog number A90 628 8417.

Woman's Jacket. Woman's denim jacket with classic styling, slim-fit and adjustable side tabs, chest pockets, 100 percent cotton or cotton/Lycra spandex; washable. Price regular size. Include sales tax and shipping and handling. Use: Levi's Weekend Denim Jacket. JC Penney catalog number A844-8105.

Woman's Pump Shoes. Plain pump (not open toed or open back style) with tapered approximately 1.5-2 inch heel. Heel color matches shoe color (e.g., not stacked/wooden type). Shoe has leather uppers. Rest is man-made materials. No extra ornamentation or extra thick heels. Do not price leather sole shoe. Use: Naturalizer, Easy Spirit (Macys) and Laura Scott (Sears).

Woman's Sweater. Short sleeve sweater, no buttons or collar, 100 percent cotton or cotton blend. Price regular size. Do not price in Woman's or Plus size. Use: Style & Company (Macys) and Sag Harbor (Sears).

Woman's Wallet. Clutch/checkbook style wallet, split-grain cowhide leather. Do not price eel skin, snake skin or other varieties. Use: Kenneth Cole Reaction (Macys) and Buxton (Sears).

Appendix 4—COLA Rental Survey Data Collection Elements

Data elementDescription of data
Survey yearYear of the survey.
Comparable identification codeA 5-character code that is unique to each comparable and structured as follows: Position 1 is the letter corresponding to the area in which the comparable is located. For example, “G” corresponds to the Washington, DC, area. Position 2 is a letter corresponding to the comparable's location within an area. For example, “A” corresponds to Southwest DC. Position 3 is the letter corresponding to the class of housing. The housing classes are listed below. Position 4/5 is a sequence number 01 through 99 that identifies the order in which that comparable was collected relative to other comparables of the same class in the same location and area. The housing classes are: A—Four-bedroom, single family unit not to exceed 3200 square feet. B—Three-bedroom, single family unit not to exceed 2600 square feet. C—Two-bedroom, single family unit not to exceed 2200 square feet. D—Three-bedroom apartment unit not to exceed 2000 square feet. E—Two-bedroom apartment unit not to exceed 1800 square feet. F—One-bedroom apartment unit not to exceed 1400 square feet.
Comparable's addressThe complete location address (not Post Office box) of the comparable address including ZIP code, in which the rental unit is located. When reporting the address of multiple apartment units within the same structure or complex, report the same address for each such unit, even though the units may have different mailing addresses. For example, if three-, two-, and one-bedroom apartments are surveyed in Woodburn Apartments, report all as having the same address.
How identifiedHow the rental unit was located: Owner Publication, Owner Drive-by, Owner Internet, Agent Publication, Agent Drive-by, Agent Internet, or Other. If Other, describe in Comments.
Person providing informationName and title of person providing information about the comparable. Examples of title: agent, landlord, tenant. This information need not be provided if the respondent so requests.
Address, etc. of person providing informationComplete mailing address, phone number(s), and e-mail address, as appropriate, of person providing information about the comparable. This information need not be provided if the respondent so requests.
Location nameName of location in which the comparable is located.
Community/complex nameName of the community or complex in which the comparable is located, if applicable. Otherwise enter “None.”
Year builtYear rental unit was built.
Finished spaceTotal square feet of finished space including finished and partially finished basements and attics. For finished spaces where the headroom varies (e.g., attics), include only the estimated portion of the room that is usable.
BasementA basement has one wall the top of which is at or essentially at ground level.“Essentially at ground level” is designed to include basements that have one or more small windows—windows too small for a person to crawl through. Exception: For structures built on a slope where the top of one wall of a lower level(s) is at or essentially at ground level but another wall(s) is fully above ground level and has a window(s) and a door(s), that lower level(s) may be called a lower floor rather than a basement. Finished, Partially Finished, Unfinished, None.
BedroomsNumber of bedrooms. A bedroom must have at least one closet, one window large enough for someone to crawl through, and sufficient headroom to be included as part of finished space.
BathroomsNumber of bathrooms. Report number of full baths and half baths separately. A full bath has a toilet, sink, and tub and/or shower. A half bath has a toilet and sink only. Record three-quarter baths (e.g., toilet, sink, and shower) as full baths.
BalconyAn elevated structure, sometimes called a “terrace,” that is usually made of wood or cement. It is distinguished from a deck because a balcony does not have a ground-level exit. Covered, uncovered, none.
DeckA wooden structure that is elevated or at ground level. An elevated deck is distinguished from a balcony because a deck has a ground-level exit (e.g., stairs). A deck cannot be primarily used as a walkway. Covered, uncovered, none.
PatioA cement, brick, or stone structure built at ground level. A ground-level wooden structure is a deck, not a patio. A patio cannot be primarily used as a walkway. Covered, uncovered, none.
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External conditionThe external condition of the rental unit or the structure in which the rental unit is located. Above average condition means the unit is new or like new condition (e.g., built, remodeled, refurbished, or restored within the past 3 years). Average condition means the unit shows signs of age but is in good repair (e.g., no peeling paint, no broken windows, sagging fences, or missing gutters; the yard is normally well maintained; and there are no disabled cars, appliances, or other unusual quantities of trash around the property). Below average condition means the unit is habitable but needs repair and the property needs significant maintenance and/or trash removal. Above average, average, below average.
Neighborhood conditionThe condition of the neighborhood in which the comparable is located. An above average neighborhood generally has above average and average homes. Commercial services are separate (e.g., clustered in strip malls or business parks although some above average apartment complexes have businesses on the ground floor for the convenience of the tenants). There are parks and/or open public spaces. Roads and parks are well-maintained and clean. An average neighborhood generally has homes in average condition with a balance of homes in above average and below average condition. Commercial services are separate. Roads and parks are in good condition but may need cleaning or maintenance. A below average neighborhood generally has homes in poor condition. Commercial units may be intermingled with residential units. Roads are often poorly maintained and have litter. There are few parks and/or parks are poorly maintained. Above average, average, below average.
Central air conditioningCentral air is a ducted system designed to cool all or essentially all of a house or apartment. Yes/no.
Multi-room air conditioningMulti-room air conditioning is a non-window unit designed to cool more than one room but not usually all of a house or apartment. Yes/No. If yes, report number of multi-room units.
Window air conditioningAn air conditioning unit designed to cool one room, usually installed in a window. Yes/No. If yes, report number of window-type air conditioning units.
GarageA covered area attached to or near the rental unit that can be secured for parking one or more cars. A large, covered parking area for apartment tenants is not a garage. If the landlord charges an extra fee for garage parking, report the monthly parking fee separately and note in comments. Single, double, triple (or more), or none.
Heated garageA garage that typically is heated during the winter. Yes/No.
CarportA covered area attached to or near the house that cannot be secured for parking one or more cars. A large, covered parking area for apartment tenants is not a carport. If the landlord charges an extra fee for carport parking, report the monthly parking fee separately and note in comments. Yes/No.
Reserved parkingA specific parking space assigned to a rental unit. The space may be located outside or in a large covered common parking area. If the landlord charges an extra fee for reserved parking, report the monthly parking fee separately and note in comments. Yes/No.
SecuritySecurity measures relating to the rental unit. A gated community usually has one entry into the housing area and prominent walls (brick, block, fencing, wire, or other type barriers) that delineate the borders of the community. Access control restricts pedestrian and/or vehicular access via key, keypad, barcode, or other entry device to the community or apartment building. Guards are security personnel who monitor entrance/exit of vehicular and pedestrian traffic in/out of the community or apartment building. Alarm systems are security systems that may or may not be monitored by an outside company. Yes, if any of the above exist, else No (i.e., one variable, not four).
Type of unitType of unit. Unit types are related to classes. Classes are divided into two types: single family units/dwellings (SFDs) and apartments, also called multiple family dwellings (MFDs). An SFD has at least two entrances at or that lead directly to the ground level. A sliding glass door is considered a doorway entrance if it allows direct access to the outdoors and to ground level. An MFD has only one entrance at or that leads directly to the ground level. Such access may be through a lobby, hallway, shared stairwell, or other common area but cannot be through the living area of other units. Sliding glass doors on balconies are not doorway entrances. Ground level units in an MFD structure are MFD units even if they have two or more ground level entrances. MFD units have their own bathroom and kitchen facilities. Units in an operating motel are not apartment units, even if they do contain their own bathroom and kitchen facilities. The unit types are: A (SFD)—Detached single-family house. B (SFD)—Duplex: One of two single-family units in a freestanding building. C (SFD)—Triplex or Quadplex: One of three or four single-family units in a freestanding building. D (SFD)—Town or Row House: One of five or more single-family units in a freestanding building. E (MFD)—In-Home Apartment: An apartment in a private residence. F (MFD)—Garden or Walk-Up Apartment: An apartment in a structure of three stories or less. G (MFD)—High Rise Apartment: An apartment in a structure of four stories or more. H (MFD)—An apartment with 2 or more units in the structure but not a typical walk-up or high rise apartment. I (Unknown)—Other type of unit, e.g., a structure with a mix of SFD and MFD units within it. Describe in comments.
Number of units in structureThe number of rental units in the structure. For unit types H and I only. Coded one through nine, where nine means there are nine or more units in the structure.
Number of floorsNumber of floors in the structure. For unit types of F, G, and H only.
ElevatorWhether there is an elevator in the structure. For unit types F, G, and H only. Yes/No.
Lot sizeApproximate square footage of the lot. Required for unit type A only.
FurnishedWhether the landlord provides furnishings for the unit at no additional cost. Report partially furnished units as furnished if more than 50 percent of the rooms in the unit are furnished. Yes/No.
AppliancesWhether the landlord provides at no additional cost a refrigerator, range, oven, microwave oven, dishwasher, clothes washer, and/or clothes dryer, and/or freezer. Yes/No for each type of appliance.
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Services paid by landlordWhether the landlord provides at no additional cost water, sewer (includes septic), garbage collection, lawn care, cable television, satellite dish, electricity, heating fuel, firewood, snow removal. Yes/No for each type of service.
Water sourceFor the Caribbean/DC Area surveys only, the source of the unit's water. If none, explain in comments because the assumption is the unit is not habitable and therefore is not a comparable. Public, well, cistern, n/a.
FireplaceWhether the unit has a wood-burning or gas fireplace. Yes/No.
Recreation facilitiesWhether there is a pool, tennis court, clubhouse, exercise room, and/or other facilities (e.g., playground) available to the tenant at no additional charge. Yes, if any of the above exist, else No (i.e., one variable, not five).
PetsWhether the landlord allows dogs and/or cats. If the landlord charges an extra monthly fee, report pet fee separately and note in comment. Also note any deposits in comments, but do not report deposits as part of pet fees.
Exceptional viewWhether the unit has a view of a park, ocean, mountain, valley, golf course, etc. that is unusually beautiful for the area and may increase the rental value of the property. Note: Properties with direct access to such an amenity (e.g., are on a beach or golf course) are not to be surveyed. Yes/No.
RentRental or lease amount per month. If various rental rates are available, assume a 1-year lease. If properties are available for rent for period less than one month, note in comments. Do not include deposits or any fee reported separately, e.g., parking, homeowner association, and pet fees.
Date of listingDate the rental data for the unit were collected, or if for a different time period, the date associated with the data and rent.
Other fees and chargesAdditional periodic fees or charges that the tenant pays separately, e.g., condo fees if paid separately. If annual fee, prorate to monthly. Do not report deposits, first/last month's rent, utilities, tenant's insurance, or discretionary fees (e.g., cable TV, community pool membership).
Tax codeIf a tax record is available.
Geographic locationLatitude and longitude of the unit accurate to within approximately seven meters. Latitude and longitude are reported in separate fields as decimal degrees (e.g., 30.5012), not as degrees, minutes and seconds. When reporting the geographic location of multiple apartment units (i.e., Classes D, E, and F) within the same structure or complex, report the same geographic location for each such unit, even though the units may have slightly different longitudes and latitudes. For example, if three-, two-, and one-bedroom apartments are surveyed in Woodburn Apartments, report all as having the same geographic location.
State or equivalent FIPS codeThe two-digit Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) code for the State, commonwealth, or territory in which the unit is located. For example, the FIPS code for Alaska is “02.”
County or equivalent FIPS codeThe three-digit FIPS code for the county, municipio, or equivalent in which the unit is located. For example, the FIPS code for Anchorage is “020.”
Census tract codeThe six-digit census tract code. Add trailing zeroes for four-digit census tract (e.g., 0061 becomes 006100). Remove decimals from any census tract with a decimal (e.g., 0063.02 becomes 006302).
CommentAdditional information that helps clarify above data elements as they apply to the comparable.

Appendix 5—Utility Usage And Calculations: Energy Requirements And Prices

Table A5-1—Honolulu

[All Electric Home]

MonthKWHCost
Jan1,940$345.16
Feb1,805318.77
Mar2,318418.32
Apr2,367455.54
May2,673529.77
Jun2,756552.49
Jul3,024618.92
Aug2,947607.70
Sep2,772572.34
Oct2,668546.17
Nov2,237432.69
Dec1,916357.45
Annual29,423$5,755.33

Table A5-2—Hawaii County

[All Electric Home]

MonthKWHCost
Jan1,912$525.20
Feb1,618469.10
Mar2,190641.71
Apr2,176623.38
May2,536745.60
Jun2,546751.84
Jul2,778902.11
Aug2,761873.10
Sep2,606820.24
Oct2,527772.79
Nov2,003591.14
Dec1,804522.13
Annual27,457$8,238.33

Table A5-3—Kauai

[All Electric Home]

MonthKWHCost
Jan1,854$581.35
Feb1,587453.56
Mar2,096618.64
Apr2,080655.96
May2,396787.85
Jun2,389841.87
Jul2,598898.61
Aug2,579876.76
Sep2,439839.48
Oct2,374786.62
Nov1,914560.48
Dec1,756518.53
Annual6,062$8,419.72

Table A5-4—Maui

[All Electric Home]

MonthKWHCost
Jan2,038$545.36
Feb1,897483.36
Mar2,489648.14
Apr2,557660.95
May2,922772.20
Jun3,053823.27
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Jul3,361965.84
Aug3,273960.10
Sep3,076903.56
Oct2,946836.66
Nov2,435687.38
Dec2,025522.82
Annual32,072$8,809.65

Table A5-5—Guam

[All Electric Home]

MonthKWHCost
Jan3,010$528.72
Feb2,790517.43
Mar2,953548.77
Apr3,067509.43
May3,261574.39
Jun3,237570.02
Jul3,076540.73
Aug3,025531.45
Sep3,814517.98
Oct3,078541.09
Nov2,886506.15
Dec2,928513.80
Annual36,262$6,399.95

Table A5-6—Washington, DC Area

Electric heatGas heatOil heat
MonthKWHCostThermsCostElec. KWH 1Elec. costTotal costGallonsCostElec. KWH 1Elec. costTotal cost
Jan3,326$335.08126$194.84362$42.14$236.9872$179.901007$106.58$286.47
Feb2,688272.89101158.9132037.86196.7756139.9289197.13237.05
Mar1,812185.4168104.2532237.74141.992767.46938100.78168.24
Apr96688.983463.3731636.6099.9825.0090984.5289.52
May1,170105.493456.3954452.48108.870.001166105.07105.07
Jun1,377158.513247.8278490.78138.600.001369157.61157.61
Jul1,648189.643449.941,022118.05167.990.001636188.28188.28
Aug1,566181.573347.99957111.41159.400.001555180.31180.31
Sep1,246146.793250.6265377.76128.380.001241146.22146.22
Oct975111.013554.9131538.6293.5312.50941107.46109.95
Nov1,797182.4167100.4431136.36136.802869.9691197.39167.35
Dec2,797279.73106165.9334439.84205.7758144.92952101.81246.73
Totals21,3687026,25024413,516
Annual Cost$2,237.52$1,095.40$719.64$1,815.04$609.65$1,473.17$2,082.82
Relative Usage33.20%60.74%6.06%
Weighted Avg Cost 2$742.86$1102.45$126.22
Total Energy Utility Cost (sum of the weighted average cost of Electric + Gas + Oil Heat)$1,971.53
1 KWH required for lighting, appliances, and furnace. Model used gas for stove and oven with gas heat.
2 Annual cost times relative usage.

Appendix 6—Hedonic Rental Data Equations and Results

libname colarent

‘P:/SWSD/COLA/Survey2007/Rental Data/SAS Files and Programs/FinalSASRentalData’;

proc format;

value $unittype

‘A’=‘SINGLE FAMILY DETACHED’

‘B’,‘C’,‘E’,‘H’=‘PLEXED UNITS AND IN HOME APTS AND OTHER APTS’

‘D’=‘ROWHOUSE OR TOWNHOUSE’

‘F’=‘APARTMENT—GARDEN/WALKUP’

‘G’=‘APARTMENT—HIGH RISE’;

value $survey_area

‘A’=‘GUAM’ ‘B’=‘KAUAI’

‘C’=‘KONA’ ‘D’=‘HILO’

‘E’=‘MAUI’ ‘F’=‘HONOLULU’

‘G’=‘WASHINGTON DC’;

value $basefmt

‘A’-‘C’=‘Y’

‘D’=‘N’;

value $class

‘A’=‘4 bedroom single family’

‘B’=‘3 bedroom single family’

‘C’=‘2 bedroom single family’

‘D’=‘3 bedroom apartment’

‘E’=‘2 bedroom apartment’

‘F’=‘1 bedroom apartment’;

value $balcon

‘A’-‘B’=‘Y’

‘C’=‘N’;

value $deck

‘A’-‘B’=‘Y’

‘C’=‘N’;

value $extrcond

‘B’-‘C’=‘AVERAGE OR BELOW’

‘A’=‘ABOVE AVERAGE’;

value $garage

‘A’-‘C’=‘Y’

‘D’=‘N’;

value $neighcond

‘B’-‘C’=‘AVERAGE OR BELOW’

‘A’=‘ABOVE AVERAGE’;

value $patio

‘A’-‘B’=‘Y’

‘C’=‘N’;

value $listsource

‘A—2007’=‘Owner Publication (2007)’

‘B—2007’=‘Owner Drive-By (2007)’

‘C—2007’=‘Owner Internet (2007)’

‘D—2007’=‘Agent Publication (2007)’

‘E—2007’=‘Agent Drive-By (2007)’

‘F—2007’=‘Agent Internet (2007)’

‘G—2007’=‘Other (2007)’

‘A—2006’=‘Local Newspaper/Publication (2006)’

‘B—2006’=‘Internet (2006)’

‘C—2006’=‘Agent/Broker (2006)’

‘D—2006’=‘Drive-By/Sign Posted (2006)’

‘E—2006’=‘Other (2006)’;

run;

*** the following prevents a possible error from using a prior temp file in proc glm;

data temp;

a=1;

run;

data temp;

set colarent.opmsvyfactors;

if use=‘Yes’ and size=‘Yes’ and unittype ne ‘I’;

weight=1;

if substr(compnumber,1,1)=‘G’ then weight=.5;

location=substr(compnumber,1,1);

survey_year=0;

if surveyyr=2006 then survey_year=1;

survey_area=‘XX’;

if location=‘A’ then survey_area=‘GU’;

if location=‘B’ then survey_area=‘KA’;

if location=‘C’ then survey_area=‘KO’;

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if location=‘E’ then survey_area=‘MA’;

if location=‘F’ then survey_area=‘HO’;

if location=‘G’ then survey_area=‘WA’;

*Deal with Missing Values in Guam;

if medianincome=. then medianincomendx=.;

if pctallba=. then pctbandx=.;

if pctrenteroccupied=. then pctrenterindex=.;

if pctschoolage=. then pctschoolagendx=.;

if pctpoverty=. then pctpovertyndx=.;

if pctage65=. then pctage65ndx=.;

age=2007-yrbuilt;

agesq=age*age;

sqfootagesq=sqfootage*sqfootage;

baths=fullbaths+halfbaths*.5;

hasbalcony=0;

if balcony in (‘A’,‘B’) then hasbalcony=1;

cooling=0;

if (centrlcool=‘Y’ or multicool=‘Y’ or (windowunits > bedrooms))

then cooling=1;

hasdeck=0;

if deck in (‘A’,‘B’) then

hasdeck=1;

haselec=0;

if elec=‘Y’ then haselec=1;

hasfurniture=0;

if furniture=‘Y’ then hasfurniture=1;

Neighbor_Cond=0;

if neighcond=‘A’ then Neighbor_Cond=1;

if pets eq ‘Y’ and petfees le 0 then petsOK=1;

PlexInHomeOther=0;

if unittype in (‘B’,‘C’,‘E’,‘H’) then

PlexInHomeOther=1;

Walkup=0;

if unittype eq ‘F’ then Walkup= 1;

Townrow=0;

if unittype eq ‘D’ then Townrow= 1;

HiRise=0;

if unittype eq ‘G’ then HiRise= 1;

hasfullkitchen=0;

if refrig=‘Y’ then hasfullkitchen=hasfullkitchen+.5;

if (range=‘Y’ or oven=‘Y’) then hasfullkitchen=hasfullkitchen+.5;

*Detached=0;

*if unittype=‘A’ then Detached=1;

*omitting the above makes it the base condition;

SqftXPlexInHomeOther=0;

if unittype in (‘B’, ‘C’, ‘E’,‘H’) then

SqftXPlexInHomeOther=sqfootage; SqftXWalkup= 0;

if unittype eq ‘F’ then SqftXWalkup= sqfootage;

SqftXHiRise= 0;

if unittype eq ‘G’ then SqftXHiRise= sqfootage;

SqftXTownRow=0;

if unittype=‘D’ then SqftXTownRow= sqfootage;

SqftXDetached=0;

if unittype =‘A’ then SqftXDetached= sqfootage;

watersewer=0;

if water eq ‘Y’ or sewer eq ‘Y’ then watersewer=1;

Honolulu=0;

if survey_area=‘HO’ then Honolulu=1;

Hilo=0;

if survey_area=‘HI’ then Hilo=1;

Kona=0;

if survey_area=‘KO’ then Kona=1;

Kauai=0;

if survey_area=‘KA’ then Kauai=1;

Maui=0;

if survey_area=‘MA’ then Maui=1;

Guam=0;

if survey_area=‘GU’ then Guam=1;

Wash_DC=0;

lrent=log(rent+hoafees);

run;

title1 ‘2007 Pacific COLA Area Rental Data’;

title2 ‘2007 Final Model’;

PROC REG DATA=temp;weight weight;

MODEL lrent=age

agesq baths bedrooms hasfullkitchen

haselec hasfurniture pctbandx pctschoolagendx pctpovertyndx

sqfootagesq HiRise townrow Walkup PlexInHomeOther Neighbor_Cond

SqftXHiRise SqftXPlexInHomeOther SqftXWalkup SqftXTownRow SqftXDetached survey_year

Honolulu Hilo Kona Kauai Maui Guam;

TITLE1 ‘2007 PACIFIC RENTAL DATA’;

Title2 ‘RENTAL ANALYSIS Federal Register MODEL’;

Footnote ‘’;

2007 Pacific Rental Data

Rental Analyses Model

The REG Procedure

Model: MODEL1

Dependent Variable: Irent

Number of Observations Read3665
Number of Observations Used3652
Number of Observations with Missing Values12

Weight: weight

Analysis of Variance

SourceDFSum of squaresMean squareF valuePr > F
Model28281.5519410.05543343.11<.0001
Error3623106.178460.02931
Corrected Total3651387.73040
Root MSE0.17119
R-Square0.7262
Dependent Mean7.38990
Adj R-Sq0.7240
Coeff Var2.31657
VariableLabelDFParameter estimateStandard errort valuePr > [t]
InterceptIntercept16.494770.0737988.02<.0001
age1−0.006910.00056794−12.16<.0001
agesq10.000076410.0000060212.69<.0001
baths10.094780.0077112.30<.0001
BedroomsBedrooms10.069290.007199.64<.0001
hasfullkitchen10.224290.053554.19<.0001
haselec10.078330.012186.43<.0001
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hasfurniture10.222540.023549.45<.0001
PctBANdxPctBANdx10.197130.0119816.46<.0001
PctSchoolAgeNdxPctSchoolAgeNdx1−0.160250.01761−9.10<.0001
PctPovertyNdxPctPovertyNdx10.037100.006066.12<.0001
sqfootagesq1−8.46604E-81.280806E-8−6.61<.0001
HiRise1−0.279120.04131−6.76<.0001
Townrow10.051220.039841.290.1987
Walkup1−0.226430.04129−5.48<.0001
PlexInHomeOther1−0.162720.03949−4.12<.0001
Neighbor_Cond10.116560.018406.34<.0001
SqftXHiRise10.000706150.0000456615.47<.0001
SqftXPlexInHomeOther10.000554740.0000462212.00<.0001
SqftXWalkup10.000520460.0000471311.04<.0001
SqftXTownRow10.000374140.000050307.44<.0001
SqftXDetached10.000477920.0000466410.25<.0001
survey_year1−0.078670.01066−7.38<.0001
Honolulu10.141620.0117312.07<.0001
Hilo1−0.536360.01666−32.20<.0001
Kona1−0.124750.01799−6.93<.0001
Kauai1−0.120300.01902−6.33<.0001
Maui1−0.030670.01550−1.980.0479
Guam1−0.198120.01330−14.90<.0001

Appendix 7-Final Living-Cost Results for the Pacific COLA Areas

Major Expenditure Group (MEG)Primary Expenditure Group (PEG)MEG weight (percent)PEG weight (percent)PEG indexMEG index
HONOLULU COUNTY, HI
1. Food11.25124.98
Cereals and bakery products0.746.54160.63
Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs1.3812.24119.77
Dairy products0.625.48145.22
Fruits and vegetables0.716.32144.06
Processed foods1.2210.81136.06
Other food at home0.363.17125.44
Nonalcoholic beverages0.484.23144.38
Food away from home4.8042.67112.13
Alcoholic beverages0.968.54118.38
PEG Total100.00
2. Shelter and Utilities38.09131.54
Shelter33.9089.01115.892
Energy utilities3.539.27289.58
Water and other public services0.651.7289.70
PEG Total100.00
3. Household Furnishings and Supplies5.34103.09
Household operations1.5328.6792.48
Housekeeping supplies1.0018.68112.71
Textiles and area rugs0.305.62121.99
Furniture0.8616.0399.58
Major appliances0.224.08108.34
Small appliances, misc. housewares0.142.59116.85
Misc. household equipment1.3024.34103.81
PEG Total100.00
4. Apparel and Services3.77102.26
Men and boys0.8522.55100.69
Women and girls1.3836.5589.41
Children under 20.123.21119.16
Footwear0.9023.96103.97
Other apparel products and services0.5213.73132.11
PEG Total100.00
5. Transportation14.16108.89
Motor vehicle costs6.2644.18101.41
Gasoline and motor oil3.4424.29105.17
Maintenance and repairs1.409.87110.00
Vehicle insurance2.0214.2593.71
Public transportation1.057.42193.26
PEG Total100.00
6. Medical4.7585.88
Health insurance2.8058.8772.55
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Medical services1.1724.53106.48
Drugs and medical supplies0.7916.61102.70
PEG Total100.00
7. Recreation4.44107.42
Fees and admissions1.2026.9487.64
Television, radios, sound equipment0.7516.80112.97
Pets, toys, and playground equipment0.8017.93135.71
Other entertainment supplies, etc.0.419.27116.74
Personal care products0.6013.42105.35
Personal care services0.5412.1297.81
Reading0.163.53104.58
PEG Total100.00
8. Education and Communication4.97103.74
Education0.295.77159.48
Communications4.1683.88100.38
Computers and computer services0.5110.3499.94
PEG Total100.00
9. Miscellaneous13.23101.45
Tobacco products, etc.0.433.27135.87
Miscellaneous1.6112.1591.43
Personal insurance and pensions11.1984.58101.56
PEG Total100.00
MEG Total100.00
Overall Price Index116.37
Plus Adjustment Factor5.00
Index Plus Adjustment Factor121.37
HILO AREA, HI
1. Food11.25119.99
Cereals and bakery products0.746.54159.12
Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs1.3812.24116.51
Dairy products0.625.48136.58
Fruits and vegetables0.716.32156.35
Processed foods1.2210.81134.37
Other food at home0.363.17140.12
Nonalcoholic beverages0.484.23124.35
Food away from home4.8042.67103.39
Alcoholic beverages0.968.54112.60
PEG Total100.00
2. Shelter and Utilities38.0991.82
Shelter33.9089.0158.977
Energy utilities3.539.27414.51
Water and other public services0.651.7252.45
PEG Total100.00
3. Household Furnishings and Supplies5.3498.06
Household operations1.5328.6781.91
Housekeeping supplies1.0018.68110.41
Textiles and area rugs0.305.62112.93
Furniture0.8616.0399.10
Major appliances0.224.08121.03
Small appliances, misc. housewares0.142.59108.69
Misc. household equipment1.3024.3498.49
PEG Total100.00
4. Apparel and Services3.77101.27
Men and boys0.8522.55104.38
Women and girls1.3836.5596.29
Children under 20.123.21110.20
Footwear0.9023.9697.72
Other apparel products and services0.5213.73113.52
PEG Total100.00
5. Transportation14.16115.74
Motor vehicle costs6.2644.18106.40
Gasoline and motor oil3.4424.29110.53
Maintenance and repairs1.409.87116.95
Vehicle insurance2.0214.2596.29
Public transportation1.057.42224.26
PEG Total100.00
6. Medical4.7583.29
Health insurance2.8058.8771.97
Medical services1.1724.53102.01
Drugs and medical supplies0.7916.6195.74
PEG Total100.00
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7. Recreation4.4495.43
Fees and admissions1.2026.9480.35
Television, radios, sound equipment0.7516.80103.39
Pets, toys, and playground equipment0.8017.93103.84
Other entertainment supplies, etc.0.419.27114.85
Personal care products0.6013.42104.31
Personal care services0.5412.1280.59
Reading0.163.5395.97
PEG Total100.00
8. Education and Communication4.9799.07
Education0.295.7779.56
Communications4.1683.88100.27
Computers and computer services0.5110.34100.16
PEG Total100.00
9. Miscellaneous13.23100.64
Tobacco products, etc.0.433.27127.68
Miscellaneous1.6112.1599.66
Personal insurance and pensions11.1984.5899.74
PEG Total100.00
MEG Total100.00
Overall Price Index100.35
Plus Adjustment Factor7.00
Index Plus Adjustment Factor107.35
KAILUA KONA/WAIMEA AREA, HI
1. Food11.25134.80
Cereals and bakery products0.746.54171.95
Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs1.3812.24128.06
Dairy products0.625.48148.20
Fruits and vegetables0.716.32166.88
Processed foods1.2210.81139.76
Other food at home0.363.17136.62
Nonalcoholic beverages0.484.23167.11
Food away from home4.8042.67123.34
Alcoholic beverages0.968.54118.03
PEG Total100.00
2. Shelter and Utilities38.09118.60
Shelter33.9089.0189.069
Energy utilities3.539.27414.51
Water and other public services0.651.7252.45
PEG Total100.00
3. Household Furnishings and Supplies5.34100.11
Household operations1.5328.6793.87
Housekeeping supplies1.0018.68108.53
Textiles and area rugs0.305.62104.13
Furniture0.8616.0399.10
Major appliances0.224.08109.78
Small appliances, misc. housewares0.142.59114.88
Misc. household equipment1.3024.3497.52
PEG Total100.00
4. Apparel and Services3.77112.89
Men and boys0.8522.55132.19
Women and girls1.3836.5599.62
Children under 20.123.21119.49
Footwear0.9023.9696.13
Other apparel products and services0.5213.73144.23
PEG Total100.00
5. Transportation14.16114.51
Motor vehicle costs6.2644.18104.73
Gasoline and motor oil3.4424.29112.79
Maintenance and repairs1.409.87118.70
Vehicle insurance2.0214.2596.29
Public transportation1.057.42207.80
PEG Total100.00
6. Medical4.7589.68
Health insurance2.8058.8771.97
Medical services1.1724.53120.09
Drugs and medical supplies0.7916.61107.52
PEG Total100.00
7. Recreation4.44106.00
Fees and admissions1.2026.94100.28
Television, radios, sound equipment0.7516.80110.49
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Pets, toys, and playground equipment0.8017.93117.17
Other entertainment supplies, etc.0.419.27114.28
Personal care products0.6013.42100.09
Personal care services0.5412.1298.99
Reading0.163.5396.31
PEG Total100.00
8. Education and Communication4.97102.05
Education0.295.77107.04
Communications4.1683.88101.94
Computers and computer services0.5110.34100.16
PEG Total100.00
9. Miscellaneous13.23100.07
Tobacco products, etc.0.433.27129.51
Miscellaneous1.6112.1594.48
Personal insurance and pensions11.1984.5899.74
PEG Total100.00
MEG Total100.00
Overall Price Index113.44
Plus Adjustment Factor7.00
Index Plus Adjustment Factor120.44
Major Expenditure Group (MEG)Primary Expenditure Group (PEG)MEG weight (percent)Hilo area indexesKona/Waimea area indexesMEG index
HAWAII COUNTY, HI
Employment WeightsHilo: 66.7 percent. Kona/Waimea: 33.3 percent
1. Food11.25119.99134.80
Cereals and bakery products159.12171.95163.39
Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs116.51128.06120.36
Dairy products136.58148.20140.45
Fruits and vegetables156.35166.88159.85
Processed foods134.37139.76136.16
Other food at home140.12136.62138.95
Nonalcoholic beverages124.35167.11138.59
Food away from home103.39123.34110.03
Alcoholic beverages112.60118.03114.41
PEG Total
2. Shelter and Utilities38.0991.82118.60
Shelter58.9889.0769.00
Energy utilities414.51414.51414.51
Water and other public services52.4552.4552.45
PEG Total
3. Household Furnishings and Supplies5.3498.06100.1198.74
Household operations81.9193.8785.89
Housekeeping supplies110.41108.53109.79
Textiles and area rugs112.93104.13110.00
Furniture99.1099.1099.10
Major appliances121.03109.78117.29
Small appliances, misc. housewares108.69114.88110.75
Misc. household equipment98.4997.5298.17
PEG Total
4. Apparel and Services3.77101.27112.89105.14
Men and boys104.38132.19113.64
Women and girls96.2999.6297.40
Children under 2110.20119.49113.30
Footwear97.7296.1397.19
Other apparel products and services113.52144.23123.75
PEG Total
5. Transportation14.16115.74114.51115.33
Motor vehicle costs106.40104.73105.84
Gasoline and motor oil110.53112.79111.28
Maintenance and repairs116.95118.70117.54
Vehicle insurance96.2996.2996.29
Public transportation224.26207.80218.78
PEG Total
6. Medical4.7583.2989.6885.41
Health insurance71.9771.9771.97
Medical services102.01120.09108.03
Drugs and medical supplies95.74107.5299.66
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PEG Total
7. Recreation4.4495.43106.0098.95
Fees and admissions80.35100.2886.99
Television, radios, sound equipment103.39110.49105.76
Pets, toys, and playground equipment103.84117.17108.27
Other entertainment supplies, etc.114.85114.28114.66
Personal care products104.31100.09102.91
Personal care services80.5998.9986.72
Reading95.9796.3196.08
PEG Total
8. Education and Communication4.9799.07102.05100.06
Education79.56107.0488.71
Communications100.27101.94100.83
Computers and computer services100.16100.16100.16
PEG Total
9. Miscellaneous13.23100.64100.07100.45
Tobacco products, etc.127.68129.51128.29
Miscellaneous99.6694.4897.93
Personal insurance and pensions99.7499.7499.74
Overall Price Index104.71
Plus Adjustment Factor7.00
Index Plus Adjustment Factor111.71
Major Expenditure Group (MEG)Primary Expenditure Group (PEG)MEG weight (percent)PEG weight (percent)PEG indexMEG index
KAUAI COUNTY, HI
1. Food11.25123.69
Cereals and bakery products0.746.54162.33
Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs1.3812.24121.00
Dairy products0.625.48145.09
Fruits and vegetables0.716.32172.84
Processed foods1.2210.81136.43
Other food at home0.363.17126.21
Nonalcoholic beverages0.484.23131.80
Food away from home4.8042.67106.60
Alcoholic beverages0.968.54112.22
PEG Total100.00
2. Shelter and Utilities38.09119.96
Shelter33.9089.0189.513
Energy utilities3.539.27423.64
Water and other public services0.651.7259.34
PEG Total100.00
3. Household Furnishings and Supplies5.34100.28
Household operations1.5328.6782.24
Housekeeping supplies1.0018.68116.65
Textiles and area rugs0.305.62116.26
Furniture0.8616.0399.10
Major appliances0.224.08113.98
Small appliances, misc. housewares0.142.59112.73
Misc. household equipment1.3024.34102.44
PEG Total100.00
4. Apparel and Services3.77103.01
Men and boys0.8522.55112.41
Women and girls1.3836.5592.11
Children under 20.123.21121.64
Footwear0.9023.9699.10
Other apparel products and services0.5213.73119.00
PEG Total100.00
5. Transportation14.16111.11
Motor vehicle costs6.2644.18100.90
Gasoline and motor oil3.4424.29111.13
Maintenance and repairs1.409.87104.18
Vehicle insurance2.0214.2591.43
Public transportation1.057.42218.95
PEG Total100.00
6. Medical4.7584.68
Health insurance2.8058.8772.61
Medical services1.1724.5398.94
Drugs and medical supplies0.7916.61106.41
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PEG Total100.00
7. Recreation4.4498.63
Fees and admissions1.2026.9477.82
Television, radios, sound equipment0.7516.80115.26
Pets, toys, and playground equipment0.8017.93122.95
Other entertainment supplies, etc.0.419.27107.99
Personal care products0.6013.4297.05
Personal care services0.5412.1278.04
Reading0.163.53106.81
PEG Total100.00
8. Education and Communication4.9797.46
Education0.295.7798.03
Communications4.1683.8897.08
Computers and computer services0.5110.34100.16
PEG Total100.00
9. Miscellaneous13.23100.66
Tobacco products, etc.0.433.27129.69
Miscellaneous1.6112.1599.30
Personal insurance and pensions11.1984.5899.74
PEG Total100.00
MEG Total100.00
Overall Price Index111.14
Plus Adjustment Factor7.00
Index Plus Adjustment Factor118.14
MAUI COUNTY, HI
1. Food11.25129.38
Cereals and bakery products0.746.54165.52
Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs1.3812.24123.11
Dairy products0.625.48154.50
Fruits and vegetables0.716.32173.92
Processed foods1.2210.81135.32
Other food at home0.363.17126.95
Nonalcoholic beverages0.484.23150.17
Food away from home4.8042.67115.31
Alcoholic beverages0.968.54114.99
PEG Total100.00
2. Shelter and Utilities38.09129.64
Shelter33.9089.0197.734
Energy utilities3.539.27443.26
Water and other public services0.651.7290.63
PEG Total100.00
3. Household Furnishings and Supplies5.34102.45
Household operations1.5328.6793.17
Housekeeping supplies1.0018.68115.95
Textiles and area rugs0.305.62109.09
Furniture0.8616.0399.10
Major appliances0.224.08107.30
Small appliances, misc. housewares0.142.59117.36
Misc. household equipment1.3024.34101.27
PEG Total100.00
4. Apparel and Services3.77107.80
Men and boys0.8522.55111.16
Women and girls1.3836.55104.82
Children under 20.123.21124.64
Footwear0.9023.9698.23
Other apparel products and services0.5213.73122.98
PEG Total100.00
5. Transportation14.16112.80
Motor vehicle costs6.2644.18100.64
Gasoline and motor oil3.4424.29115.68
Maintenance and repairs1.409.87104.70
Vehicle insurance2.0214.25100.14
Public transportation1.057.42210.88
PEG Total100.00
6. Medical4.7588.22
Health insurance2.8058.8772.14
Medical services1.1724.53118.90
Drugs and medical supplies0.7916.6199.92
PEG Total100.00
7. Recreation4.44104.74
Fees and admissions1.2026.9488.08
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Television, radios, sound equipment0.7516.80106.89
Pets, toys, and playground equipment0.8017.93124.61
Other entertainment supplies, etc.0.419.27113.65
Personal care products0.6013.4297.82
Personal care services0.5412.12111.28
Reading0.163.53101.18
PEG Total100.00
8. Education and Communication4.9798.27
Education0.295.7781.32
Communications4.1683.8899.21
Computers and computer services0.5110.34100.16
PEG Total100.00
9. Miscellaneous13.23101.72
Tobacco products, etc.0.433.27131.78
Miscellaneous1.6112.15107.46
Personal insurance and pensions11.1984.5899.74
PEG Total100.00
MEG Total100.00
Overall Price Index116.62
Plus Adjustment Factor7.00
Index Plus Adjustment Factor123.62
GUAM AND THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS
1. Food11.25116.31
Cereals and bakery products0.746.54144.07
Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs1.3812.24102.22
Dairy products0.625.48146.63
Fruits and vegetables0.716.32169.38
Processed foods1.2210.81126.41
Other food at home0.363.17131.73
Nonalcoholic beverages0.484.23127.33
Food away from home4.8042.67102.66
Alcoholic beverages0.968.54100.85
PEG Total100.00
2. Shelter and Utilities38.09104.88
Shelter33.9089.0182.574
Energy utilities3.539.27322.02
Water and other public services0.651.7289.10
PEG Total100.00
3. Household Furnishings and Supplies5.34102.54
Household operations1.5328.6757.50
Housekeeping supplies1.0018.68137.31
Textiles and area rugs0.305.62112.52
Furniture0.8616.0398.28
Major appliances0.224.08123.19
Small appliances, misc. housewares0.142.59108.79
Misc. household equipment1.3024.34125.29
PEG Total100.00
4. Apparel and Services3.77108.76
Men and boys0.8522.55131.94
Women and girls1.3836.5588.08
Children under 20.123.21142.67
Footwear0.9023.96101.85
Other apparel products and services0.5213.73129.85
PEG Total100.00
5. Transportation14.16135.40
Motor vehicle costs6.2644.18107.95
Gasoline and motor oil3.4424.29109.28
Maintenance and repairs1.409.8791.07
Vehicle insurance2.0214.25102.27
Public transportation1.057.42507.04
PEG Total100.00
6. Medical4.75127.22
Health insurance2.8058.87149.40
Medical services1.1724.5387.29
Drugs and medical supplies0.7916.61107.60
PEG Total100.00
7. Recreation4.44101.11
Fees and admissions1.2026.9477.17
Television, radios, sound equipment0.7516.80121.74
Pets, toys, and playground equipment0.8017.93118.19
Other entertainment supplies, etc.0.419.27119.85
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Personal care products0.6013.42109.74
Personal care services0.5412.1275.03
Reading0.163.53106.26
PEG Total100.00
8. Education and Communication4.97114.25
Education0.295.77166.18
Communications4.1683.88112.26
Computers and computer services0.5110.34101.45
PEG Total100.00
9. Miscellaneous13.2398.20
Tobacco products, etc.0.433.2790.21
Miscellaneous1.6112.1589.65
Personal insurance and pensions11.1984.5899.74
PEG Total100.00
MEG Total100.00
Overall Price Index110.98
Plus Adjustment Factor9.00
Index Plus Adjustment Factor119.98
End Supplemental Information

[FR Doc. E8-28833 Filed 12-8-08; 8:45 am]

BILLING CODE 6325-39-P