Chisholm 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.
IndexChisholmMinnesotaNational
Cost of living index87102100
IndexChisholmMinnesotaNational
Goods & Services index104107100
Groceries index114107100
Health care index114108100
Housing index51101100
Transportation index9298100
Utilities index8987100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Chisholm, MN is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Chisholm, MN enjoy a cost of living index of 87. This index is 15% lower than the Minnesota average, and 13% lower than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Chisholm, MN, the average cost of goods and services is 3% lower than it is in Minnesota, and it is 4% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Chisholm is 15% lower than the Minnesota average.
  • The cost of living in Chisholm is 13% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Chisholm is 49% 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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The salary calculator is meant to help you compare your salary in Chisholm, MN to your potential earning power in another city. This can help you deduce what your salary would need to be in any given city in order for you to live the same lifestyle that you do in your current city. In other words, if you plan on moving to a city where the cost of living is higher than in Chisholm, MN, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Chisholm, MN salary calculator, simply input the new city, then move the adjustable slider to match your current income. Once you've selected your income, the calculator will determine if that income is sufficient to support your standard of living in the new city you entered. The calculator will also supply you with a rundown of living costs in the new city.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$48,514$4,043$1,132$1,456
Renters$16,438$1,370$384$493
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Chisholm, MN, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Chisholm, MN has a median income of about $48,514 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,132 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $16,438. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $384 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Minnesota Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Minnesota6.875%7.875%

Minnesota Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Minnesota5.35%9.85%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Chisholm, MN is the Minnesota sales tax and Minnesota income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The Minnesota sales tax rate is 6.875% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 7.875%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The Minnesota income tax rates range from 5.35% to 9.85%.

Goods & Services

ItemChisholmNational avg.Difference
Haircut $21.63$14.5948.2%
Beauty Salon $29.50$34.6814.9%
Toothpaste $3.02$2.4722.1%
Shampoo $1.04$1.021.8%
Movie $10.00$9.871.3%
Bowling $3.98$4.399.4%

Groceries

ItemChisholmNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.94$4.4810.3%
Fried Chicken $1.99$1.4635.9%
Milk $2.64$2.3612.0%
Potatoes $1.99$3.0635.0%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $8.99$8.634.1%

Health Care

ItemChisholmNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $120.00$99.7820.3%
Doctor $159.50$105.0351.9%
Dentist $84.75$88.704.5%
Ibuprofen $10.47$9.4111.2%
Lipitor $297.89$298.500.2%

Housing

ItemChisholmNational avg.Difference
Home Price $85,300.00$175,700.0051.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $820.96$1,081.0324.1%
Apartment Rent $527.00$920.0042.7%

Transportation

ItemChisholmNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.92$2.098.2%
Tire Balancing $42.25$45.296.7%

Utilities

ItemChisholmNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$162.93$170.804.6%
Phone $22.89$28.2619.0%
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.
Kinney, MN17083-17%
Keewatin, MN1,05285-15%
Leonidas, MN5985-15%
Iron Junction, MN9386-14%
Buhl, MN1,10686-14%
Chisholm, MN5,00187-13%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Carlisle, OH5,00193-7%
Wahneta, FL5,00083-17%
Shenandoah, PA5,00282-18%
Clarion, PA5,00092-8%
North Fond du Lac, WI5,00093-7%
Chisholm, MN5,00187-13%
Source: The Chisholm, MN cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.