Fergus Falls 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.
IndexFergus FallsMinnesotaNational
Cost of living index90102100
IndexFergus FallsMinnesotaNational
Goods & Services index102106100
Groceries index106105100
Health care index110110100
Housing index65101100
Transportation index9698100
Utilities index9091100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Fergus Falls, MN is shown above. Compared to the state average of Minnesota the cost of living index in Fergus Falls, MN is 90, which is 12% lower than the average in Minnesota and compared to the national average it is 10% lower than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Fergus Falls, MN goods and services come in at 4% lower than the average in Minnesota and are 2% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Fergus Falls is 12% lower than the Minnesota average.
  • The cost of living in Fergus Falls is 10% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Fergus Falls is 35% 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$62,776$5,231$1,465$1,883
Renters$20,508$1,709$478$615
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Fergus Falls, MN as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Fergus Falls, MN homeowners, is $62,776. This would allow for a maximum of $1,465 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $20,508 which would result in a maximum of $478 to be spent on rental 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%
When assessing the complete cost of living in Fergus Falls, MN, the Minnesota income tax and the Minnesota 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 Minnesota maximum surtax is 7.875%, and the Minnesota sales tax is 6.875%. 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 5.35% to 9.85% in Minnesota.

Goods & Services

ItemFergus FallsNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.64$15.566.9%
Beauty Salon $29.63$36.1117.9%
Toothpaste $2.77$2.4712.2%
Shampoo $1.01$0.964.3%
Movie $10.21$10.130.8%
Bowling $3.81$4.7419.6%

Groceries

ItemFergus FallsNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.83$3.983.8%
Fried Chicken $1.93$1.4137.2%
Milk $3.08$2.0649.1%
Potatoes $2.48$2.9816.8%
Pizza $9.18$9.473.1%
Beer $10.44$8.7918.8%

Health Care

ItemFergus FallsNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $76.84$101.0424.0%
Doctor $147.23$107.4437.0%
Dentist $92.40$90.422.2%
Ibuprofen $8.95$9.283.5%
Lipitor $445.67$426.504.5%

Housing

ItemFergus FallsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $116,000.00$175,700.0034.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,065.78$1,133.236.0%
Apartment Rent $589.00$920.0036.0%

Transportation

ItemFergus FallsNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.85$1.997.3%
Tire Balancing $47.96$45.764.8%

Utilities

ItemFergus FallsNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$138.49$163.8115.5%
Phone $28.13$28.390.9%
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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Elizabeth, MN19783-17%
Dalton, MN32884-16%
Foxhome, MN13185-15%
Erhard, MN11185-15%
Rothsay, MN43586-14%
Fergus Falls, MN13,21590-10%

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Fergus Falls, MN13,21590-10%
Source: The Fergus Falls, MN cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.