The cost of living in Layton jumped 3.78 percent during the fourth quarter of 1993, according to the latest "Price Watch" survey, compiled by the Center for Business and Economic Training and Research at Weber State University.
Layton had been surveyed as having the most inexpensive transportation, apparel and upkeep and recreation costs along the Wasatch during the third quarter of last year, but the newest survey showed Davis County's largest city having the largest jump in its cost of living as compared with Ogden, Salt Lake City and Provo.Salt Lake City had a 2.91 percent jump in overall prices, Ogden a 1.20 percent rise and Provo a 0.70 percent increase from October to December of last year, according to the WSU survey that is published quarterly.
The cost of living remains greatest in Salt Lake City at 7 percent above the Wasatch Front average. It is lowest in Provo, where the cost of living is only 92 percent of the Wasatch Front average. Layton is 3 percent above the Wasatch Front cost average, and Ogden is 2 percent below.
Jerry Stevenson, mayor of Layton, suspects much of the rise in the living cost in Layton last year was due to increased construction costs and spiraling rents. He also says Layton's many retail stores on the high end of the medium price range might be to blame for its increase in apparel and upkeep costs.
In specific categories, Salt Lake City has the most expensive housing at 114 percent of average, followed by Layton at 106, Ogden at 96 and Provo at 85 percent.
In food costs, Layton, Ogden and Provo are all ranked at 99 percent of the Wasatch Front average, while Salt Lake City is 103 percent. For apparel and upkeep, Ogden is cheapest at 94 percent.