Monticello 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.
IndexMonticelloMinnesotaNational
Cost of living index100102100
IndexMonticelloMinnesotaNational
Goods & Services index104107100
Groceries index114107100
Health care index114108100
Housing index96101100
Transportation index9298100
Utilities index8987100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Monticello, MN is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Monticello, MN enjoy a cost of living index of 100. This index is 2% lower than the Minnesota average, and equal to the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Monticello, MN, the average cost of goods and services is 3% lower than it is in Minnesota, and it is 4% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Monticello is 2% lower than the Minnesota average.
  • The cost of living in Monticello is equal to the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Monticello is 4% 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$85,233$7,103$1,989$2,557
Renters$41,054$3,421$958$1,232
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Monticello, MN by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Monticello, MN have a median income of $85,233. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,989 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $41,054, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $958.

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%
The Minnesota sales tax and Minnesota income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Monticello, MN. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Minnesota sales tax is 6.875% and the maximum surtax is 7.875%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Minnesota income tax rates range from 5.35% to 9.85%.

Goods & Services

ItemMonticelloNational avg.Difference
Haircut $21.63$14.5948.2%
Beauty Salon $29.50$34.6814.9%
Toothpaste $3.02$2.4722.1%
Shampoo $1.04$1.021.8%
Movie $10.00$9.871.3%
Bowling $3.98$4.399.4%

Groceries

ItemMonticelloNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.94$4.4810.3%
Fried Chicken $1.99$1.4635.9%
Milk $2.64$2.3612.0%
Potatoes $1.99$3.0635.0%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $8.99$8.634.1%

Health Care

ItemMonticelloNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $120.00$99.7820.3%
Doctor $159.50$105.0351.9%
Dentist $84.75$88.704.5%
Ibuprofen $10.47$9.4111.2%
Lipitor $297.89$298.500.2%

Housing

ItemMonticelloNational avg.Difference
Home Price $168,100.00$175,700.004.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $820.96$1,081.0324.1%
Apartment Rent $890.00$920.003.3%

Transportation

ItemMonticelloNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.92$2.098.2%
Tire Balancing $42.25$45.296.7%

Utilities

ItemMonticelloNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$162.93$170.804.6%
Phone $22.89$28.2619.0%
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.
Maple Lake, MN2,06195-5%
Big Lake, MN29897-3%
Zimmerman, MN5,26897-3%
Clearwater, MN1,71998-2%
Clear Lake, MN55498-2%
Monticello, MN12,9741000%

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Monticello, MN12,9741000%
Source: The Monticello, MN cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.