Scandia 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.
Cost of living index118102100
Goods & Services index109107100
Groceries index105107100
Health care index103108100
Housing index148101100
Transportation index10298100
Utilities index9187100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Scandia, MN is shown above. Compared to the state average of Minnesota the cost of living index in Scandia, MN is 118, which is 15% higher than the average in Minnesota and compared to the national average it is 18% higher 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 Scandia, MN goods and services come in at 2% higher than the average in Minnesota and are 9% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Scandia is 15% higher than the Minnesota average.
  • The cost of living in Scandia is 18% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Scandia is 48% 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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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Scandia, MN as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Scandia, MN homeowners, is $85,536. This would allow for a maximum of $1,996 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $55,375 which would result in a maximum of $1,292 to be spent on rental costs.

Minnesota Sales Tax

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Minnesota Income Tax

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When assessing the complete cost of living in Scandia, MN, the Minnesota income tax and the Minnesota sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The Minnesota maximum surtax is 7.875%, and the Minnesota sales tax is 6.875%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 5.35% to 9.85% in Minnesota.

Goods & Services

ItemScandiaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $22.74$14.5955.8%
Beauty Salon $33.43$34.683.6%
Toothpaste $3.44$2.4739.1%
Shampoo $1.05$1.022.7%
Movie $9.88$9.870.1%
Bowling $4.16$4.395.3%


ItemScandiaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.76$4.4816.0%
Fried Chicken $1.92$1.4631.1%
Milk $2.24$2.365.0%
Potatoes $3.22$3.065.2%
Pizza $10.57$9.2414.4%
Beer $8.66$8.630.3%

Health Care

ItemScandiaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $81.89$99.7817.9%
Doctor $131.17$105.0324.9%
Dentist $86.82$88.702.1%
Ibuprofen $11.79$9.4125.3%
Lipitor $250.88$298.5016.0%


ItemScandiaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $287,800.00$175,700.0063.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,173.84$1,081.038.6%
Apartment Rent $1,034.00$920.0012.4%


ItemScandiaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.97$2.095.8%
Tire Balancing $55.48$45.2922.5%


ItemScandiaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$158.73$170.807.1%
Phone $24.99$28.2611.6%
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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Shafer, MN93695-5%
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Scandia, MN3,97611818%

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