Grafton 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.
IndexGraftonNorth DakotaNational
Cost of living index8293100
IndexGraftonNorth DakotaNational
Goods & Services index9699100
Groceries index101105100
Health care index114109100
Housing index4379100
Transportation index95100100
Utilities index9990100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Grafton, ND is shown above. Compared to the state average of North Dakota the cost of living index in Grafton, ND is 82, which is 12% lower than the average in North Dakota and compared to the national average it is 18% 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 Grafton, ND goods and services come in at 3% lower than the average in North Dakota and are 4% lower than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Grafton is 12% lower than the North Dakota average.
  • The cost of living in Grafton is 18% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Grafton is 57% 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$58,505$4,875$1,365$1,755
Renters$19,216$1,601$448$577
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Grafton, ND 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 Grafton, ND homeowners, is $58,505. This would allow for a maximum of $1,365 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $19,216 which would result in a maximum of $448 to be spent on rental costs.

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 considering the overall cost of living expenses in Grafton, ND, it's important to take into account the sales tax for North Dakota, as well as the rate for income tax in North Dakota. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for North Dakota is 8%, and the sales tax in the state of North Dakota is 5%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in North Dakota starts from 1.22% and goes up to 3.22%.

Goods & Services

ItemGraftonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.15$14.593.8%
Beauty Salon $27.25$34.6821.4%
Toothpaste $2.31$2.476.6%
Shampoo $1.03$1.020.8%
Movie $10.00$9.871.3%
Bowling $3.67$4.3916.4%

Groceries

ItemGraftonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.98$4.4811.1%
Fried Chicken $1.78$1.4621.6%
Milk $2.94$2.3624.8%
Potatoes $2.25$3.0626.5%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $9.14$8.635.9%

Health Care

ItemGraftonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $79.40$99.7820.4%
Doctor $152.00$105.0344.7%
Dentist $95.00$88.707.1%
Ibuprofen $8.18$9.4113.1%
Lipitor $321.67$298.507.8%

Housing

ItemGraftonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $70,100.00$175,700.0060.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $980.39$1,081.039.3%
Apartment Rent $459.00$920.0050.1%

Transportation

ItemGraftonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.90$2.099.2%
Tire Balancing $48.96$45.298.1%

Utilities

ItemGraftonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$159.00$170.806.9%
Phone $29.95$28.266.0%
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.
Nash, ND898-2%
Auburn, ND898-2%
Ardoch, ND7971-29%
Conway, ND976-24%
Pisek, ND8976-24%
Grafton, ND4,29182-18%

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Loch Lomond, VA4,29211313%
Bradley Beach, NJ4,29017373%
Hamburg, PA4,29394-6%
Brewerton, NY4,28997-3%
Spotsylvania Courthouse, VA4,28911212%
Grafton, ND4,29182-18%
Source: The Grafton, ND cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.