Brooklyn Center 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.
IndexBrooklyn CenterMinnesotaNational
Cost of living index98102100
IndexBrooklyn CenterMinnesotaNational
Goods & Services index110107100
Groceries index105107100
Health care index103108100
Housing index82101100
Transportation index10198100
Utilities index9387100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Brooklyn Center, MN cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Minnesota and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Brooklyn Center, MN is 98, which is 4% lower than the Minnesota average and 2% 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 Brooklyn Center, MN are 3% higher than the average for Minnesota and 10% higher than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in Brooklyn Center is 4% lower than the Minnesota average.
  • The cost of living in Brooklyn Center is 2% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Brooklyn Center is 18% lower than the national average.
  • Minnesota general sales tax is 35% higher than the national average.
  • Minnesota state income tax is 141% higher 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)
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Brooklyn Center, MN as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Brooklyn Center, MN homeowners, is $59,160. This would allow for a maximum of $1,380 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $28,835 which would result in a maximum of $673 to be spent on rental costs.

Minnesota Sales Tax

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Minnesota Income Tax

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When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Brooklyn Center, MN, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Minnesota, as well as the rate for income tax in Minnesota. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for Minnesota is 7.875%, and the sales tax in the state of Minnesota is 6.875%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in Minnesota starts from 5.35% and goes up to 9.85%.

Goods & Services

ItemBrooklyn CenterNational avg.Difference
Haircut $22.60$14.5954.9%
Beauty Salon $33.37$34.683.8%
Toothpaste $3.44$2.4739.1%
Shampoo $1.05$1.022.7%
Movie $9.80$9.870.7%
Bowling $4.06$4.397.6%


ItemBrooklyn CenterNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.63$4.4818.9%
Fried Chicken $1.85$1.4626.4%
Milk $2.33$2.361.1%
Potatoes $3.12$3.061.9%
Pizza $10.58$9.2414.5%
Beer $8.48$8.631.8%

Health Care

ItemBrooklyn CenterNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $82.75$99.7817.1%
Doctor $133.63$105.0327.2%
Dentist $84.81$88.704.4%
Ibuprofen $11.66$9.4123.9%
Lipitor $252.50$298.5015.4%


ItemBrooklyn CenterNational avg.Difference
Home Price $134,600.00$175,700.0023.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,221.08$1,081.0313.0%
Apartment Rent $885.00$920.003.8%


ItemBrooklyn CenterNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.96$2.096.3%
Tire Balancing $54.71$45.2920.8%


ItemBrooklyn CenterNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$163.14$170.804.5%
Phone $24.99$28.2611.6%
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.
Hilltop, MN82881-19%
Lexington, MN2,019100-0%
Columbia Heights, MN19,6051011%
Osseo, MN2,4801011%
Spring Lake Park, MN6,5031011%
Brooklyn Center, MN30,54998-2%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Dania Beach, FL30,5311011%
El Paso de Robles (Paso Robles), CA30,52212727%
Long Branch, NJ30,59014949%
Sun Prairie, WI30,6011066%
Shawnee, OK30,60979-21%
Brooklyn Center, MN30,54998-2%
Source: The Brooklyn Center, MN cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.