Pipestone 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.
IndexPipestoneMinnesotaNational
Cost of living index84102100
IndexPipestoneMinnesotaNational
Goods & Services index104107100
Groceries index105107100
Health care index111108100
Housing index49101100
Transportation index9898100
Utilities index7687100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Pipestone, MN. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Pipestone, MN being 84, that puts it 17% lower than the average of Minnesota and 16% lower than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Pipestone, MN, the price of goods and services are 2% lower than the average of Minnesota as well as 4% higher than the nation's average.

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  • The cost of living in Pipestone is 17% lower than the Minnesota average.
  • The cost of living in Pipestone is 16% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Pipestone is 51% 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$52,985$4,415$1,236$1,590
Renters$22,759$1,897$531$683
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Pipestone, 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 Pipestone, MN have a median income of $52,985. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,236 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $22,759, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $531.

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 Pipestone, 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

ItemPipestoneNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.25$14.5925.1%
Beauty Salon $25.50$34.6826.5%
Toothpaste $1.79$2.4727.6%
Shampoo $0.92$1.0210.0%
Movie $9.25$9.876.3%
Bowling $3.50$4.3920.3%

Groceries

ItemPipestoneNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.88$4.489.0%
Fried Chicken $2.09$1.4642.8%
Milk $2.29$2.362.8%
Potatoes $2.79$3.068.9%
Pizza $12.00$9.2429.8%
Beer $7.76$8.6310.1%

Health Care

ItemPipestoneNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $76.81$99.7823.0%
Doctor $160.37$105.0352.7%
Dentist $92.75$88.704.6%
Ibuprofen $8.15$9.4113.4%
Lipitor $266.68$298.5010.7%

Housing

ItemPipestoneNational avg.Difference
Home Price $79,000.00$175,700.0055.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $929.86$1,081.0314.0%
Apartment Rent $538.00$920.0041.5%

Transportation

ItemPipestoneNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.98$2.095.4%
Tire Balancing $48.00$45.296.0%

Utilities

ItemPipestoneNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$148.78$170.8012.9%
Phone $17.01$28.2639.8%
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.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Ward, SD3575-25%
Woodstock, MN17279-21%
Leota, MN16180-20%
Ihlen, MN4380-20%
Ruthton, MN27080-20%
Pipestone, MN4,22184-16%

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Pipestone, MN4,22184-16%
Source: The Pipestone, MN cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.