The cost of living in St. George and Cedar City remains very attractive, according to Alan Hamlin, professor of finance at Southern Utah University.

Hamlin gathers information each quarter on the cost of food, housing, utilities, transportation, health care and miscellaneous items, and it is then published, along with figures from about 300 other cities nationwide, by the American Chamber of Commerce Researchers Association.The index uses a scale with 100 as the national average. The overall composite cost of living in St. George for the third quarter of 1990 was 91.6, or 8.4 percent below the cost of living for the average American city, Hamlin said. Cedar City came in at 89.0, or 11 percent less than average.

St. George had the following relative costs for individual categories: food, 99.3; housing, 82.9; utilities, 64.9; transportation, 102.5; health care, 98.1; and miscellaneous, 97.2. Cedar City's costs were: food, 103.6; housing 68.3; utilities, 81.9; transportation, 95.7; health care, 85.6; and miscellaneous, 96.4.