Vermillion 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.
IndexVermillionSouth DakotaNational
Cost of living index8989100
IndexVermillionSouth DakotaNational
Goods & Services index9595100
Groceries index95105100
Health care index10293100
Housing index7675100
Transportation index9691100
Utilities index9187100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Vermillion, SD is shown above. Compared to the state average of South Dakota the cost of living index in Vermillion, SD is 89, which is equal to the average in South Dakota and compared to the national average it is 11% lower 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 Vermillion, SD goods and services come in at 1% higher than the average in South Dakota and are 5% lower than compared to the nationwide average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Vermillion is equal to the South Dakota average.
  • The cost of living in Vermillion is 11% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Vermillion is 24% lower than the national average.
  • South Dakota general sales tax is 21% lower than the national average.
  • South Dakota state income tax is 100% lower than the national average.

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The salary calculator is used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Vermillion, SD 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 Vermillion, SD, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Vermillion, SD 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$61,512$5,126$1,435$1,846
Renters$17,278$1,440$403$518
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Vermillion, SD 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 Vermillion, SD have a median income of $61,512. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,435 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $17,278, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $403.

South Dakota Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
South Dakota4%6%

South Dakota Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
South Dakota0%0%
For those who live in Vermillion, SD and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the South Dakota income tax rate and the South Dakota 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 South Dakota, the sales tax is 4%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 6%. 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 South Dakota, the income tax rate ranges between 0% to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemVermillionNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.83$14.598.5%
Beauty Salon $28.50$34.6817.8%
Toothpaste $2.36$2.474.6%
Shampoo $0.90$1.0211.9%
Movie $9.79$9.870.8%
Bowling $3.61$4.3917.8%

Groceries

ItemVermillionNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.53$4.481.2%
Fried Chicken $1.47$1.460.4%
Milk $2.33$2.361.1%
Potatoes $2.80$3.068.5%
Pizza $8.99$9.242.7%
Beer $7.90$8.638.5%

Health Care

ItemVermillionNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $102.40$99.782.6%
Doctor $136.00$105.0329.5%
Dentist $73.25$88.7017.4%
Ibuprofen $9.30$9.411.2%
Lipitor $306.52$298.502.7%

Housing

ItemVermillionNational avg.Difference
Home Price $135,000.00$175,700.0023.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $887.51$1,081.0317.9%
Apartment Rent $679.00$920.0026.2%

Transportation

ItemVermillionNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.92$2.098.0%
Tire Balancing $47.97$45.295.9%

Utilities

ItemVermillionNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$157.32$170.807.9%
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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Obert, NE2873-27%
Wynot, NE16577-23%
Newcastle, NE29378-22%
Volin, SD15278-22%
Richland, SD7678-22%
Vermillion, SD10,69789-11%

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