Dickinson 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.
IndexDickinsonNorth DakotaNational
Cost of living index9893100
IndexDickinsonNorth DakotaNational
Goods & Services index95100100
Groceries index101103100
Health care index113110100
Housing index10079100
Transportation index107100100
Utilities index8585100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Dickinson, ND cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Dickinson, ND is 98, which is 6% higher than the North Dakota average and 2% lower than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Dickinson, ND are 5% lower than the North Dakota average and 5% lower than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Dickinson is 6% higher than the North Dakota average.
  • The cost of living in Dickinson is 2% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Dickinson is equal to the national average.
  • North Dakota general sales tax is 2% lower than the national average.
  • North Dakota state income tax is 45% lower than the national average.

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The salary calculator is meant to help you compare your salary in Dickinson, ND 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 Dickinson, ND, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Dickinson, ND 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)
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Dickinson, ND, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Dickinson, ND, the median monthly income is $82,562 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,926 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $31,431, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $733 on monthly rental expenses.

North Dakota Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
North Dakota5%8%

North Dakota Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
North Dakota1.22%3.22%
When assessing the complete cost of living in Dickinson, ND, the North Dakota income tax and the North Dakota sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The North Dakota maximum surtax is 8%, and the North Dakota sales tax is 5%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 1.22% to 3.22% in North Dakota.

Goods & Services

ItemDickinsonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.67$15.5613.5%
Beauty Salon $27.59$36.1123.6%
Toothpaste $2.42$2.472.0%
Shampoo $0.93$0.964.0%
Movie $9.90$10.132.2%
Bowling $4.42$4.746.7%


ItemDickinsonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.94$3.981.1%
Fried Chicken $1.49$1.415.9%
Milk $2.77$2.0634.4%
Potatoes $3.21$2.987.5%
Pizza $10.34$9.479.1%
Beer $9.22$8.794.9%

Health Care

ItemDickinsonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $111.53$101.0410.4%
Doctor $144.02$107.4434.0%
Dentist $95.67$90.425.8%
Ibuprofen $9.33$9.280.5%
Lipitor $451.66$426.505.9%


ItemDickinsonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $188,700.00$175,700.007.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,099.88$1,133.232.9%
Apartment Rent $750.00$920.0018.5%


ItemDickinsonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.02$1.991.5%
Tire Balancing $54.53$45.7619.2%


ItemDickinsonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$142.22$163.8113.2%
Phone $23.83$28.3916.0%
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.
Gladstone, ND31487-13%
South Heart, ND28794-6%
Dickinson, ND19,92098-2%

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Elmwood Park, NJ19,92113434%
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East Massapequa, NY19,89114949%
Dickinson, ND19,92098-2%
Source: The Dickinson, ND cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.