Columbus 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.
IndexColumbusMinnesotaNational
Cost of living index114102100
IndexColumbusMinnesotaNational
Goods & Services index108106100
Groceries index104105100
Health care index106110100
Housing index138101100
Transportation index9798100
Utilities index9491100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Columbus, MN is displayed above. In Columbus, MN, the overall cost of living index is 114, which is 11% higher than the Minnesota average and 14% 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 Columbus, MN, the city's goods and services are 1% higher than the Minnesota average and 8% higher than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Columbus is 11% higher than the Minnesota average.
  • The cost of living in Columbus is 14% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Columbus is 38% higher 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$81,129$6,761$1,893$2,434
Renters$54,531$4,544$1,272$1,636
The affordability of the housing market in Columbus, 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 Columbus, MN homeowners, the median income is $81,129. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,893 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $54,531. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $1,272 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 Columbus, 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

ItemColumbusNational avg.Difference
Haircut $24.91$15.5660.0%
Beauty Salon $33.76$36.116.5%
Toothpaste $3.41$2.4737.8%
Shampoo $1.04$0.967.8%
Movie $9.85$10.132.8%
Bowling $4.06$4.7414.2%

Groceries

ItemColumbusNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.07$3.982.2%
Fried Chicken $1.94$1.4137.9%
Milk $2.17$2.065.0%
Potatoes $3.19$2.987.0%
Pizza $10.59$9.4711.8%
Beer $8.92$8.791.4%

Health Care

ItemColumbusNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $81.20$101.0419.6%
Doctor $134.89$107.4425.5%
Dentist $87.31$90.423.4%
Ibuprofen $11.78$9.2827.0%
Lipitor $406.73$426.504.6%

Housing

ItemColumbusNational avg.Difference
Home Price $255,800.00$175,700.0045.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,182.68$1,133.234.4%
Apartment Rent $1,105.00$920.0020.1%

Transportation

ItemColumbusNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.85$1.997.0%
Tire Balancing $48.94$45.767.0%

Utilities

ItemColumbusNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$162.69$163.810.7%
Phone $24.99$28.3912.0%
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.
Hilltop, MN82881-19%
Stacy, MN1,53992-8%
Shafer, MN93694-6%
Brooklyn Center, MN30,54998-2%
Lexington, MN2,01999-1%
Columbus, MN3,94011414%

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Woodmore, MD3,94015252%
Adel, IA3,94089-11%
Helena Valley Northwest, MT3,9391088%
Cozad, NE3,94278-22%
Westway, TX3,93878-22%
Columbus, MN3,94011414%
Source: The Columbus, MN cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.