East Grand Forks 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.
IndexEast Grand ForksMinnesotaNational
Cost of living index93102100
IndexEast Grand ForksMinnesotaNational
Goods & Services index96106100
Groceries index101105100
Health care index105110100
Housing index85101100
Transportation index10598100
Utilities index8591100
An overview of the general cost of living index for East Grand Forks, MN is displayed above for your reference. Residents in East Grand Forks, MN enjoy a cost of living index of 93. This index is 9% lower than the Minnesota average, and 7% 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 East Grand Forks, MN, the average cost of goods and services is 10% lower than it is in Minnesota, and it is 5% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in East Grand Forks is 9% lower than the Minnesota average.
  • The cost of living in East Grand Forks is 7% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in East Grand Forks is 15% 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$71,596$5,966$1,670$2,148
Renters$23,894$1,991$557$717
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in East Grand Forks, MN by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in East Grand Forks, MN have a median income of $71,596. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,670 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $23,894, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $557.

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%
When you are determining the total cost of living in East Grand Forks, MN you will want to make sure you consider both the Minnesota sales tax and the Minnesota income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Minnesota is 6.875%, with the highest surtax being 7.875%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Minnesota have a range from 5.35% to 9.85%.

Goods & Services

ItemEast Grand ForksNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.52$15.560.3%
Beauty Salon $29.06$36.1119.5%
Toothpaste $2.56$2.473.7%
Shampoo $0.82$0.9615.4%
Movie $7.74$10.1323.6%
Bowling $3.57$4.7424.7%

Groceries

ItemEast Grand ForksNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.21$3.9819.5%
Fried Chicken $1.28$1.419.1%
Milk $2.33$2.0612.8%
Potatoes $3.22$2.987.9%
Pizza $8.94$9.475.7%
Beer $8.96$8.791.9%

Health Care

ItemEast Grand ForksNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $105.43$101.044.3%
Doctor $119.65$107.4411.4%
Dentist $85.79$90.425.1%
Ibuprofen $10.64$9.2814.7%
Lipitor $466.48$426.509.4%

Housing

ItemEast Grand ForksNational avg.Difference
Home Price $155,600.00$175,700.0011.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,083.92$1,133.234.4%
Apartment Rent $714.00$920.0022.4%

Transportation

ItemEast Grand ForksNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.05$1.993.1%
Tire Balancing $50.01$45.769.3%

Utilities

ItemEast Grand ForksNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$158.63$163.813.2%
Phone $19.96$28.3929.7%
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.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Fisher, MN40786-14%
Manvel, ND40891-9%
Thompson, ND1,16393-7%
Grand Forks, ND54,09594-6%
East Grand Forks, MN8,62193-7%

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Rotonda, FL8,6161022%
West Athens, CA8,61512727%
East Grand Forks, MN8,62193-7%
Source: The East Grand Forks, MN cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.