Nowthen 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.
IndexNowthenMinnesotaNational
Cost of living index116102100
IndexNowthenMinnesotaNational
Goods & Services index108106100
Groceries index106105100
Health care index106110100
Housing index141101100
Transportation index10198100
Utilities index9691100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Nowthen, MN is displayed above. In Nowthen, MN, the overall cost of living index is 116, which is 13% higher than the Minnesota average and 16% higher than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Nowthen, MN, the city's goods and services are 1% higher than the Minnesota average and 8% higher than the U.S. average.

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  • The cost of living in Nowthen is 13% higher than the Minnesota average.
  • The cost of living in Nowthen is 16% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Nowthen is 41% higher 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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The salary calculator is used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Nowthen, MN to another city of your choice. The calculator will inform you of what your salary needs to be in any specific city in order for you to maintain your living standard based on what the city’s cost of living is. As an example, if you are seeking to move to a city that has a higher cost of living compared to Nowthen, MN, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Nowthen, MN salary calculator, input the new city’s name and then move the slider to indicate your current income. The salary calculator will now process the numbers and show you whether you need to earn more or less in the chosen city. A comprehensive breakdown of the cost of living will also be shown.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$84,444$7,037$1,970$2,534
Renters$35,046$2,921$818$1,051
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Nowthen, 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 Nowthen, MN have a median income of $84,444. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,970 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $35,046, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $818.

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%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Nowthen, MN, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Minnesota, as well as the rate for income tax in Minnesota. 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 Minnesota is 7.875%, and the sales tax in the state of Minnesota is 6.875%. 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 Minnesota starts from 5.35% and goes up to 9.85%.

Goods & Services

ItemNowthenNational avg.Difference
Haircut $24.24$15.5655.8%
Beauty Salon $34.24$36.115.2%
Toothpaste $3.32$2.4734.4%
Shampoo $1.04$0.967.4%
Movie $9.88$10.132.4%
Bowling $4.12$4.7413.1%

Groceries

ItemNowthenNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.14$3.984.0%
Fried Chicken $2.00$1.4142.1%
Milk $2.23$2.068.1%
Potatoes $3.30$2.9810.5%
Pizza $10.53$9.4711.1%
Beer $8.81$8.790.2%

Health Care

ItemNowthenNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $81.38$101.0419.5%
Doctor $133.98$107.4424.7%
Dentist $85.91$90.425.0%
Ibuprofen $11.82$9.2827.4%
Lipitor $416.78$426.502.3%

Housing

ItemNowthenNational avg.Difference
Home Price $255,000.00$175,700.0045.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,198.63$1,133.235.8%
Apartment Rent $1,213.00$920.0031.8%

Transportation

ItemNowthenNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.84$1.997.7%
Tire Balancing $55.26$45.7620.8%

Utilities

ItemNowthenNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$167.80$163.812.4%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Isanti, MN5,39698-2%
Big Lake, MN29897-3%
Zimmerman, MN5,26897-3%
Lexington, MN2,01999-1%
Big Lake city, MN10,23099-1%
Nowthen, MN4,49311616%

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Cherry Grove, OH4,4931011%
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Nowthen, MN4,49311616%
Source: The Nowthen, MN cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.