Belle Fourche cost of living index

In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.
IndexBelle FourcheSouth DakotaNational
Cost of living index8689100
IndexBelle FourcheSouth DakotaNational
Goods & Services index9595100
Groceries index105105100
Health care index9393100
Housing index6475100
Transportation index9191100
Utilities index8787100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Belle Fourche, SD cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Belle Fourche, SD is 86, which is 4% lower than the South Dakota average and 14% lower than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Belle Fourche, SD are equal to the South Dakota average and 5% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Belle Fourche is 4% lower than the South Dakota average.
  • The cost of living in Belle Fourche is 14% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Belle Fourche is 36% lower than the national average.
  • South Dakota general sales tax is 21% lower than the national average.
  • South Dakota state income tax is 100% lower than the national average.

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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$51,660$4,305$1,205$1,550
Renters$21,029$1,752$491$631
The affordability of the housing market in Belle Fourche, SD as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Belle Fourche, SD homeowners, the median income is $51,660. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,205 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $21,029. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $491 used for their rent related monthly costs.

South Dakota Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
South Dakota4%6%

South Dakota Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
South Dakota0%0%
The South Dakota sales tax and South Dakota income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Belle Fourche, SD. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The South Dakota sales tax is 4% and the maximum surtax is 6%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The South Dakota income tax rates range from 0% to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemBelle FourcheNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.08$14.593.5%
Beauty Salon $25.78$34.6825.7%
Toothpaste $2.46$2.470.5%
Shampoo $1.19$1.0216.4%
Movie $8.50$9.8713.9%
Bowling $4.50$4.392.5%

Groceries

ItemBelle FourcheNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.14$4.487.5%
Fried Chicken $1.70$1.4616.1%
Milk $2.43$2.363.1%
Potatoes $2.83$3.067.6%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $9.21$8.636.7%

Health Care

ItemBelle FourcheNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $108.00$99.788.2%
Doctor $100.50$105.034.3%
Dentist $72.80$88.7017.9%
Ibuprofen $9.40$9.410.1%
Lipitor $302.33$298.501.3%

Housing

ItemBelle FourcheNational avg.Difference
Home Price $110,100.00$175,700.0037.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,425.16$1,081.0331.8%
Apartment Rent $616.00$920.0033.0%

Transportation

ItemBelle FourcheNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.98$2.095.3%
Tire Balancing $35.79$45.2921.0%

Utilities

ItemBelle FourcheNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$131.53$170.8023.0%
Phone $28.50$28.260.9%
Although the cost of living data is updated regularly, this cost of living information is to be used as estimates only as prices can change on an ongoing basis.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Beulah, WY10895-5%
St. Onge, SD2695-5%
Fruitdale, SD6781-19%
Whitewood, SD89986-14%
Spearfish, SD10,83693-7%
Belle Fourche, SD5,67786-14%

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South Tucson, AZ5,67583-17%
Melissa, TX5,67511010%
Wyndmoor, PA5,68113030%
Belle Fourche, SD5,67786-14%
Source: The Belle Fourche, SD cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.