I am looking for a website that I can find cost of living in my city in California and refrence to it in my official claim. Is there any one?

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    I'd push back on this being off topic - they're not asking for a product, they're asking for official government sources, which feels like asking for an IRS ruling or similar - neither particularly likely to be outdated nor unreasonable to ask for.
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    Aug 30 at 16:33
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    I also I agree to reopen it.
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    Aug 30 at 18:10
  • "Questions seeking product, service recommendations or other off-site resources are off-topic because they tend to become obsolete quickly. Instead, describe your situation and the specific problem you're trying to solve." We specifically edited this close reason to be clear that a question that is doing little more than looking for a link to a site is off topic. Sorry, I have a PF blog, and the IRS has been know to change their link structure. I've woken up to alerts of a hundred links breaking. Aug 31 at 2:08

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You could use the GSA adjustment map, which for example lists the Bay Area as 42.67% higher than the base pay. They have 53 rating areas. (Note: this linked map itself isn’t official, but it is using the official information.)

This likely understates the true cost of living difference, but it’s the best official government site I know of.

OPM’s official tables are also available, though less easy to use of course.

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