Data from the Consumer Price Index released on Wednesday shows that, out of the more than one dozen metropolitan areas the Bureau of Labor Statistics monitored over the past year, residents in the Atlanta metro area faced the worst inflation increases, with the cost of goods costing 7.9 percent more than they were last year.
The sharpest increase for Atlanta-area residents came in the cost of transportation, as they paid 21 percent more for fuel and vehicles than they were a year ago, according to Bloomberg.
Those living in the San Francisco Bay Area, though, only saw their prices rise 3.8 percent, and in the New York metropolitan area prices only went up 4.3 percent.
The figures represent a change in demographics during the COVID pandemic, as people moved out of the larger liberal cities and into cities in more conservative states.
Cities in Arizona also saw large increases in the price of goods over the past year – at 7.1 percent – and in St. Louis, Missouri, prices of everyday goods rose 7.5 percent.
Each of those metropolitan areas – in more conservative states – faced worse inflation than the national average – at 6.2 percent, the highest it has been in over 30 years.