Box Elder 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.
IndexBox ElderSouth DakotaNational
Cost of living index9089100
IndexBox ElderSouth DakotaNational
Goods & Services index9595100
Groceries index105105100
Health care index9393100
Housing index8075100
Transportation index9191100
Utilities index8787100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Box Elder, SD cost of living index. Compared to other cities in South Dakota and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Box Elder, SD is 90, which is 2% higher than the South Dakota average and 10% lower than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Box Elder, SD are equal to the average for South Dakota and 5% lower than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in Box Elder is 2% higher than the South Dakota average.
  • The cost of living in Box Elder is 10% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Box Elder is 20% 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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The salary calculator is used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Box Elder, SD to another city of your choice. The calculator will inform you of what your salary needs to be in any specific city in order for you to maintain your living standard based on what the city’s cost of living is. As an example, if you are seeking to move to a city that has a higher cost of living compared to Box Elder, SD, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Box Elder, SD salary calculator, input the new city’s name and then move the slider to indicate your current income. The salary calculator will now process the numbers and show you whether you need to earn more or less in the chosen city. A comprehensive breakdown of the cost of living will also be shown.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Box Elder, SD, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Box Elder, SD homeowners have a median income of $58,174. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,357 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $36,774, which means there is a maximum of $858 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

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%
When assessing the complete cost of living in Box Elder, SD, the South Dakota income tax and the South Dakota sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The South Dakota maximum surtax is 6%, and the South Dakota sales tax is 4%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 0% to 0% in South Dakota.

Goods & Services

ItemBox ElderNational 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%


ItemBox ElderNational 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

ItemBox ElderNational 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%


ItemBox ElderNational avg.Difference
Home Price $124,100.00$175,700.0029.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,425.16$1,081.0331.8%
Apartment Rent $935.00$920.001.6%


ItemBox ElderNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.98$2.095.3%
Tire Balancing $35.79$45.2921.0%


ItemBox ElderNational 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.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Ashland Heights, SD62278-22%
New Underwood, SD60183-17%
Blackhawk, SD2,75489-11%
Green Valley, SD63991-9%
Piedmont, SD87891-9%
Box Elder, SD8,68390-10%

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Box Elder, SD8,68390-10%
Source: The Box Elder, SD cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.