Unsurprisingly, the strongest value for your dollar can be found in the center of the country, in cities like Kansas City, MO ($106.72), Columbus, OH ($106.95), and even New Orleans ($103.95). In fact, all of Texas' major cities have comparatively even purchasing power, from Austin ($101.32) to the combined MSA of Houston, The Woodlands, and Sugar Land ($99.40).
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Urban Honolulu offers the absolute worst value with $100 turning into $81.63. In the lower 48, the combined MSA of NYC, Newark, and Jersey City ranks only slightly better at $81.77, while major California areas like San Francisco ($83.13) and San Diego ($85.03) don't fare much better. Los Angeles, however, is conspicuously absent from the map.