Columbia 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.
IndexColumbiaSouth DakotaNational
Cost of living index8189100
IndexColumbiaSouth DakotaNational
Goods & Services index9695100
Groceries index101105100
Health care index11493100
Housing index4075100
Transportation index9591100
Utilities index9987100

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  • The cost of living in Columbia is 9% lower than the South Dakota average.
  • The cost of living in Columbia is 19% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Columbia is 60% 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$38,438$3,203$897$1,153
Renters$16,000$1,333$373$480

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%

Goods & Services

ItemColumbiaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.15$14.593.8%
Beauty Salon $27.25$34.6821.4%
Toothpaste $2.31$2.476.6%
Shampoo $1.03$1.020.8%
Movie $10.00$9.871.3%
Bowling $3.67$4.3916.4%

Groceries

ItemColumbiaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.98$4.4811.1%
Fried Chicken $1.78$1.4621.6%
Milk $2.94$2.3624.8%
Potatoes $2.25$3.0626.5%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $9.14$8.635.9%

Health Care

ItemColumbiaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $79.40$99.7820.4%
Doctor $152.00$105.0344.7%
Dentist $95.00$88.707.1%
Ibuprofen $8.18$9.4113.1%
Lipitor $321.67$298.507.8%

Housing

ItemColumbiaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $56,300.00$175,700.0068.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $980.39$1,081.039.3%
Apartment Rent $535.00$920.0041.8%

Transportation

ItemColumbiaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.90$2.099.2%
Tire Balancing $48.96$45.298.1%

Utilities

ItemColumbiaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$159.00$170.806.9%
Phone $29.95$28.266.0%
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.
Bath Corner, SD6398-2%
Claremont, SD16874-26%
Westport, SD10580-20%
Frederick, SD32081-19%
Bath, SD25284-16%
Columbia, SD14881-19%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Truesdale, IA14873-27%
Slick, OK14873-27%
Butters, NC14886-14%
Kanorado, KS14871-29%
Garden, UT14814646%
Columbia, SD14881-19%
Source: The Columbia, SD cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.