Wahpeton 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.
IndexWahpetonNorth DakotaNational
Cost of living index8693100
IndexWahpetonNorth DakotaNational
Goods & Services index9699100
Groceries index101105100
Health care index114109100
Housing index5779100
Transportation index95100100
Utilities index9990100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Wahpeton, ND cost of living index. Compared to other cities in North Dakota and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Wahpeton, ND is 86, which is 8% lower than the North Dakota average and 14% lower than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Wahpeton, ND are 3% lower than the average for North Dakota and 4% lower than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in Wahpeton is 8% lower than the North Dakota average.
  • The cost of living in Wahpeton is 14% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Wahpeton is 43% lower than the national average.
  • North Dakota general sales tax is 2% lower than the national average.
  • North Dakota state income tax is 45% lower 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$72,625$6,052$1,694$2,179
Renters$22,769$1,897$531$683
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Wahpeton, ND 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 Wahpeton, ND have a median income of $72,625. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,694 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $22,769, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $531.

North Dakota Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
North Dakota5%8%

North Dakota Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
North Dakota1.22%3.22%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Wahpeton, ND you will want to make sure you consider both the North Dakota sales tax and the North Dakota income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in North Dakota is 5%, with the highest surtax being 8%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in North Dakota have a range from 1.22% to 3.22%.

Goods & Services

ItemWahpetonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.15$14.593.8%
Beauty Salon $27.25$34.6821.4%
Toothpaste $2.31$2.476.6%
Shampoo $1.03$1.020.8%
Movie $10.00$9.871.3%
Bowling $3.67$4.3916.4%

Groceries

ItemWahpetonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.98$4.4811.1%
Fried Chicken $1.78$1.4621.6%
Milk $2.94$2.3624.8%
Potatoes $2.25$3.0626.5%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $9.14$8.635.9%

Health Care

ItemWahpetonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $79.40$99.7820.4%
Doctor $152.00$105.0344.7%
Dentist $95.00$88.707.1%
Ibuprofen $8.18$9.4113.1%
Lipitor $321.67$298.507.8%

Housing

ItemWahpetonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $102,100.00$175,700.0041.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $980.39$1,081.039.3%
Apartment Rent $488.00$920.0047.0%

Transportation

ItemWahpetonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.90$2.099.2%
Tire Balancing $48.96$45.298.1%

Utilities

ItemWahpetonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$159.00$170.806.9%
Phone $29.95$28.266.0%
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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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Campbell, MN19774-26%
Doran, MN3376-24%
Great Bend, ND5877-23%
Dwight, ND8880-20%
Fairmount, ND38480-20%
Wahpeton, ND7,80486-14%

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Garden City Park, NY7,80717575%
Wahpeton, ND7,80486-14%
Source: The Wahpeton, ND cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.