The latest consumer price index report on Tuesday showed that year-over-year inflation in the U.S. slowed to 7.1% in November from 7.7% a month earlier. But inflation is rising more quickly in some cities than in others because rising prices for goods and services, along with housing, varies by geography.
In Phoenix, local annual inflation of 12.1%—or a 1.4% gain in the latest month versus two months prior—is higher than in any other major city in the country, according to personal finance website WalletHub’s new report.
To determine its rankings, WalletHub looked at the consumer price index for 23 metropolitan areas to track the change in inflation from the latest month of available data versus two months earlier, and from the latest month to 12 months earlier.
In Miami inflation rose to 10.1% versus a year before. As for the latest month versus two months earlier, inflation was up 0.9%. The fellow Florida city of Tampa followed, with an inflation rate of 9.6% compared to a year earlier and 1% higher than two months ago.
Atlanta came next, with inflation of 10.7% year-over-year and 0.5% from two months earlier. Seattle took the fifth spot with year-over-year inflation of 8.9%. Compared to two months earlier, the city’s prices were up 1%.
Meanwhile, some cities have seen inflation drop in the latest month versus two months earlier. Houston was among six cities that experienced a decrease by this measure—in its case falling 0.6%. Still its year-over-year inflation rose 7.6%.
The other five cities where inflation declined in the past few months was Los Angeles, Chicago, San Diego, Honolulu, and Minneapolis. All of their declines ranged from 0.10% to 1%.
Here are the five cities where inflation is rising the most and least, according to WalletHub’s new report.
Rising the most
Latest month versus two months prior, latest month versus the previous year:
1. Phoenix: 1.4%, 12.1%
2. Miami: 0.9%, 10.1%
3. Tampa: 1%, 9.6%
4. Atlanta: 0.5%, 10.7%
5. Seattle: 1%, 8.9%
Rising the least:
Latest month versus two months prior, latest month versus the previous year
19. Los Angeles: -0.1%, 6%
20. Chicago: -0.4%, 6.8%
21. San Diego: -0.7%, 6.7%
22. Honolulu: -0.6%, 5.8%
23. Minneapolis: -1%, 5.3%
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