Lindstrom 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.
IndexLindstromMinnesotaNational
Cost of living index99102100
IndexLindstromMinnesotaNational
Goods & Services index108106100
Groceries index104105100
Health care index106110100
Housing index89101100
Transportation index9798100
Utilities index9491100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Lindstrom, MN is shown above. Compared to the state average of Minnesota the cost of living index in Lindstrom, MN is 99, which is 3% lower than the average in Minnesota and compared to the national average it is 1% 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 Lindstrom, MN goods and services come in at 1% higher than the average in Minnesota and are 8% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Lindstrom is 3% lower than the Minnesota average.
  • The cost of living in Lindstrom is 1% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Lindstrom is 11% 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$75,625$6,302$1,764$2,269
Renters$35,029$2,919$817$1,051
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Lindstrom, MN, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Lindstrom, MN homeowners have a median income of $75,625. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,764 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $35,029, which means there is a maximum of $817 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

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%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Lindstrom, MN is the Minnesota sales tax and Minnesota income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The Minnesota sales tax rate is 6.875% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 7.875%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The Minnesota income tax rates range from 5.35% to 9.85%.

Goods & Services

ItemLindstromNational avg.Difference
Haircut $24.91$15.5660.0%
Beauty Salon $33.76$36.116.5%
Toothpaste $3.41$2.4737.8%
Shampoo $1.04$0.967.8%
Movie $9.85$10.132.8%
Bowling $4.06$4.7414.2%

Groceries

ItemLindstromNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.07$3.982.2%
Fried Chicken $1.94$1.4137.9%
Milk $2.17$2.065.0%
Potatoes $3.19$2.987.0%
Pizza $10.59$9.4711.8%
Beer $8.92$8.791.4%

Health Care

ItemLindstromNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $81.20$101.0419.6%
Doctor $134.89$107.4425.5%
Dentist $87.31$90.423.4%
Ibuprofen $11.78$9.2827.0%
Lipitor $406.73$426.504.6%

Housing

ItemLindstromNational avg.Difference
Home Price $174,000.00$175,700.001.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,182.68$1,133.234.4%
Apartment Rent $596.00$920.0035.2%

Transportation

ItemLindstromNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.85$1.997.0%
Tire Balancing $48.94$45.767.0%

Utilities

ItemLindstromNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$162.69$163.810.7%
Phone $24.99$28.3912.0%
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.

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Centuria, WI1,00191-9%
Stacy, MN1,53992-8%
Dresser, WI87194-6%
Shafer, MN93694-6%
Harris, MN99995-5%
Lindstrom, MN4,40599-1%

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Lindstrom, MN4,40599-1%
Source: The Lindstrom, MN cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.