Columbia Heights 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.
IndexColumbia HeightsMinnesotaNational
Cost of living index101102100
IndexColumbia HeightsMinnesotaNational
Goods & Services index110107100
Groceries index105107100
Health care index103108100
Housing index91101100
Transportation index10198100
Utilities index9387100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Columbia Heights, MN is displayed above. In Columbia Heights, MN, the overall cost of living index is 101, which is 2% lower than the Minnesota average and 1% higher than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Columbia Heights, MN, the city's goods and services are 3% higher than the Minnesota average and 10% higher than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Columbia Heights is 2% lower than the Minnesota average.
  • The cost of living in Columbia Heights is 1% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Columbia Heights is 9% 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)
Owners$62,077$5,173$1,448$1,862
Renters$29,665$2,472$692$890
The affordability of the housing market in Columbia Heights, MN 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 Columbia Heights, MN homeowners, the median income is $62,077. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,448 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $29,665. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $692 used for their rent related monthly costs.

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%
The Minnesota sales tax and Minnesota income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Columbia Heights, MN. 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 Minnesota sales tax is 6.875% and the maximum surtax is 7.875%. 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 Minnesota income tax rates range from 5.35% to 9.85%.

Goods & Services

ItemColumbia HeightsNational 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%

Groceries

ItemColumbia HeightsNational 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

ItemColumbia HeightsNational 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%

Housing

ItemColumbia HeightsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $155,200.00$175,700.0011.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,221.08$1,081.0313.0%
Apartment Rent $891.00$920.003.2%

Transportation

ItemColumbia HeightsNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.96$2.096.3%
Tire Balancing $54.71$45.2920.8%

Utilities

ItemColumbia HeightsNational 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.
Landfall, MN79679-21%
Hilltop, MN82881-19%
Brooklyn Center, MN30,54998-2%
St. Paul Park, MN5,32799-1%
Lexington, MN2,019100-0%
Columbia Heights, MN19,6051011%

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Camp Springs, MD19,60011919%
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Hazel Dell, WA19,59011414%
Wade Hampton, SC19,586100-0%
Columbia Heights, MN19,6051011%
Source: The Columbia Heights, MN cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.