Jamestown 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.
IndexJamestownNorth DakotaNational
Cost of living index9097100
IndexJamestownNorth DakotaNational
Goods & Services index100102100
Groceries index108105100
Health care index115113100
Housing index6585100
Transportation index99107100
Utilities index8785100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Jamestown, ND is shown above. Compared to the state average of North Dakota the cost of living index in Jamestown, ND is 90, which is 7% lower than the average in North Dakota 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 Jamestown, ND goods and services come in at 2% lower than the average in North Dakota and are equal to compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Jamestown is 7% lower than the North Dakota average.
  • The cost of living in Jamestown is 10% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Jamestown is 35% lower than the national average.
  • North Dakota general sales tax is 2% lower than the national average.
  • North Dakota state income tax is 51% 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)
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Jamestown, ND, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Jamestown, ND has a median income of about $59,868 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,397 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $29,300. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $684 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

North Dakota Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
North Dakota5%8%

North Dakota Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
North Dakota1.1%2.9%
When assessing the complete cost of living in Jamestown, 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 1.1% to 2.9% in North Dakota.

Goods & Services

ItemJamestownNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.03$16.0912.1%
Beauty Salon $34.13$37.338.6%
Toothpaste $2.36$2.453.6%
Shampoo $1.26$1.0025.6%
Movie $11.00$10.287.0%
Bowling $4.03$4.9318.3%


ItemJamestownNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.40$3.8010.5%
Fried Chicken $1.84$1.4032.0%
Milk $2.96$2.0147.6%
Potatoes $2.73$3.019.2%
Pizza $8.77$9.8911.3%
Beer $9.04$8.901.6%

Health Care

ItemJamestownNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $93.17$102.168.8%
Doctor $157.22$108.3645.1%
Dentist $95.33$92.533.0%
Ibuprofen $10.28$9.2810.8%
Lipitor $428.78$425.820.7%


ItemJamestownNational avg.Difference
Home Price $120,100.00$184,700.0035.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,232.19$1,202.442.5%
Apartment Rent $629.00$949.0033.7%


ItemJamestownNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.11$2.245.9%
Tire Balancing $50.47$46.299.0%


ItemJamestownNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$142.52$165.9614.1%
Phone $25.30$28.6811.8%
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.
Spiritwood, ND81000%
Montpelier, ND13078-22%
Ypsilanti, ND9884-16%
Buchanan, ND6384-16%
Spiritwood Lake, ND10497-3%
Jamestown, ND15,44190-10%

Cities with similar population

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Lamont, CA15,43997-3%
Eden, NC15,43477-23%
Long Beach, MS15,45093-7%
Hanover, PA15,42996-4%
Roanoke Rapids, NC15,45491-9%
Jamestown, ND15,44190-10%
Source: The Jamestown, ND cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.