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Adair Homemakers to participate in University of Kentucky study

"Helping answer the question: Is it cheaper to live in the country than it is in the city?"
From Kelli Bonifer
Adair Extension Agent

Members of the Adair County Extension Homemakers will collect prices from county businesses as part of a University of Kentucky College of Agriculture study about the cost of living in rural and urban areas. The study will explore price comparisons for a wide range of goods and services, from groceries to clothing to new homes.


The rural price project will help answer the question whether the prices of goods and services are higher in rural or urban areas, said Julie Zimmerman, rural sociologist with the University of Kentuckys Department of Community and Leadership Development. Zimmerman is leading the project that will begin collecting data during the second weekend of April.

Because everyones shopping decisions differ, such as using coupons or buying name brands, computing differences in a cost of living study can be tricky, she said.

To help make comparisons valid, we decided to compare prices for exactly the same product or service, Zimmerman said.

And while comparing rural with urban prices on the same products or services will produce a better understanding of the differences between rural and urban areas, there are costs that prices alone dont capture.

If you wanted to see a movie that has been just released, for example, you might have to drive a long distance to see it if you lived in a rural area. The cost of travel as well as the time needed to get to a movie house, should be factored into the true cost of going to a movie. This study will examine issues such as these, she said.

Zimmerman noted that while local prices will be collected from individual businesses, no business names will be identified in any report, she said.

The Rural Price project is funded by the Southern Rural Development Center and from a small internal grant from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. Volunteers from throughout the state will be collecting the prices from eight counties.

Volunteers such as those from the Adair County Extension Homemakers are instrumental to this research. We couldnt do this project without the help of these people and Kelli Bonifer, county Extension agent for Family and Consumer Sciences, Zimmerman said.


This story was posted on 2006-04-11 09:18:52
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Adair County Homemakers will be checking with local businesses



2006-04-11 - Columbia - Photo courtesy Kelli Bonifer. Members of the Adair County Extension Homemakers will be contacting local businesses in order to collect pricing information. The project is being done as part of a University of Kentucky College of Agriculture study about the cost of living in rural and urban areas. The study will explore price comparisons for a wide range of goods and services, from groceries to clothing to new homes.
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