Mandan 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.
IndexMandanNorth DakotaNational
Cost of living index9493100
IndexMandanNorth DakotaNational
Goods & Services index95100100
Groceries index101103100
Health care index113110100
Housing index8679100
Transportation index107100100
Utilities index8585100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Mandan, ND cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Mandan, ND is 94, which is 1% higher than the North Dakota average and 6% lower than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Mandan, ND are 5% lower than the North Dakota average and 5% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Mandan is 1% higher than the North Dakota average.
  • The cost of living in Mandan is 6% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Mandan is 14% 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$66,005$5,500$1,540$1,980
Renters$31,558$2,630$736$947
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 Mandan, 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. Mandan, ND has a median income of about $66,005 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,540 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $31,558. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $736 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 Dakota1.22%3.22%
For those who live in Mandan, ND and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the North Dakota income tax rate and the North Dakota sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In North Dakota, the sales tax is 5%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 8%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in North Dakota, the income tax rate ranges between 1.22% to 3.22%.

Goods & Services

ItemMandanNational 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

ItemMandanNational 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

ItemMandanNational 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

ItemMandanNational avg.Difference
Home Price $157,700.00$175,700.0010.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,099.88$1,133.232.9%
Apartment Rent $713.00$920.0022.5%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemMandanNational 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.
Lincoln, ND2,86495-5%
Bismarck, ND65,12396-4%
Harmon, ND21611515%
Mandan, ND19,38194-6%

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Alsip, IL19,3851055%
Chalmette, LA19,37591-9%
Bethany, OK19,39083-17%
Alice, TX19,35883-17%
DeBary, FL19,40497-3%
Mandan, ND19,38194-6%
Source: The Mandan, ND cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.