St. Paul 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.
IndexSt. PaulMinnesotaNational
Cost of living index101102100
IndexSt. PaulMinnesotaNational
Goods & Services index108106100
Groceries index104105100
Health care index106110100
Housing index97101100
Transportation index9798100
Utilities index9491100
A general summary of the cost of living index in St. Paul, MN is shown above. Compared to the state average of Minnesota the cost of living index in St. Paul, MN is 101, which is 1% lower than the average in Minnesota and compared to the national average it is 1% 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 St. Paul, MN goods and services come in at 1% higher than the average in Minnesota and are 8% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in St. Paul is 1% lower than the Minnesota average.
  • The cost of living in St. Paul is 1% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in St. Paul is 3% 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$76,031$6,336$1,774$2,281
Renters$27,743$2,312$647$832
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in St. Paul, MN, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In St. Paul, MN homeowners have a median income of $76,031. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,774 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $27,743, which means there is a maximum of $647 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

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%
For those who live in St. Paul, MN and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Minnesota income tax rate and the Minnesota 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 Minnesota, the sales tax is 6.875%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 7.875%. 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 Minnesota, the income tax rate ranges between 5.35% to 9.85%.

Goods & Services

ItemSt. PaulNational avg.Difference
Haircut $24.91$15.5660.0%
Beauty Salon $33.76$36.116.5%
Toothpaste $3.41$2.4737.8%
Shampoo $1.04$0.967.8%
Movie $9.85$10.132.8%
Bowling $4.06$4.7414.2%

Groceries

ItemSt. PaulNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.07$3.982.2%
Fried Chicken $1.94$1.4137.9%
Milk $2.17$2.065.0%
Potatoes $3.19$2.987.0%
Pizza $10.59$9.4711.8%
Beer $8.92$8.791.4%

Health Care

ItemSt. PaulNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $81.20$101.0419.6%
Doctor $134.89$107.4425.5%
Dentist $87.31$90.423.4%
Ibuprofen $11.78$9.2827.0%
Lipitor $406.73$426.504.6%

Housing

ItemSt. PaulNational avg.Difference
Home Price $175,000.00$175,700.000.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,182.68$1,133.234.4%
Apartment Rent $823.00$920.0010.5%

Transportation

ItemSt. PaulNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.85$1.997.0%
Tire Balancing $48.94$45.767.0%

Utilities

ItemSt. PaulNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$162.69$163.810.7%
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.

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Lexington, MN2,01999-1%
St. Paul, MN291,7281011%

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St. Paul, MN291,7281011%
Source: The St. Paul, MN cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.