Yankton 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.
IndexYanktonSouth DakotaNational
Cost of living index8789100
IndexYanktonSouth DakotaNational
Goods & Services index9595100
Groceries index95105100
Health care index10293100
Housing index6775100
Transportation index9691100
Utilities index9187100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Yankton, SD. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Yankton, SD being 87, that puts it 3% lower than the average of South Dakota and 13% 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 Yankton, SD, the price of goods and services are 1% higher than the average of South Dakota as well as 5% lower than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Yankton is 3% lower than the South Dakota average.
  • The cost of living in Yankton is 13% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Yankton is 33% 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 Yankton, 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 Yankton, SD, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Yankton, 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)
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Yankton, SD, 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 Yankton, SD homeowners have a median income of $60,470. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,411 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $21,372, which means there is a maximum of $499 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

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%
When assessing the complete cost of living in Yankton, SD, the South Dakota income tax and the South Dakota 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 South Dakota maximum surtax is 6%, and the South Dakota sales tax is 4%. 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 0% to 0% in South Dakota.

Goods & Services

ItemYanktonNational 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%


ItemYanktonNational 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

ItemYanktonNational 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%


ItemYanktonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $123,800.00$175,700.0029.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $887.51$1,081.0317.9%
Apartment Rent $545.00$920.0040.8%


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


ItemYanktonNational 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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Aten, NE5895-5%
Wynot, NE16577-23%
Irene, SD53177-23%
Utica, SD5278-22%
Tabor, SD37978-22%
Yankton, SD14,51387-13%

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Yankton, SD14,51387-13%
Source: The Yankton, SD cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.