Forbes 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.
IndexForbesNorth DakotaNational
Cost of living index7593100
IndexForbesNorth DakotaNational
Goods & Services index95100100
Groceries index101103100
Health care index113110100
Housing index2479100
Transportation index107100100
Utilities index8585100

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  • The cost of living in Forbes is 19% lower than the North Dakota average.
  • The cost of living in Forbes is 25% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Forbes is 76% lower than 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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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$65,536$5,461$1,529$1,966
Renters$0$0$0$0

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%

Goods & Services

ItemForbesNational 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%

Groceries

ItemForbesNational 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

ItemForbesNational 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%

Housing

ItemForbesNational avg.Difference
Home Price $41,300.00$175,700.0076.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,099.88$1,133.232.9%
Apartment Rent $0.00$920.00100.0%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemForbesNational 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.
Ellendale, ND1,50681-19%
Frederick, SD32082-18%
Forbes, ND4975-25%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Mount Lebanon, LA4987-13%
Putnam, TX4976-24%
Girard, TX4968-32%
Little Cedar, IA4975-25%
Harris, MO4968-32%
Forbes, ND4975-25%
Source: The Forbes, ND cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.