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Overall 12%
Goods & Services 7%
Housing 27%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2020 and was released from C2ER in January, 2021; this is the most current data available.
The cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. For example, if the cost of living is 90, then it is 10% lower than average. If the cost of living is 110, then it is 10% higher than average. The breakdown for each index is as follows: goods & services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). If the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used.
IndexAberdeenSouth DakotaNational
Cost of living8889100
Goods & Services9393100
Groceries9999100
Health care9797100
Housing7377100
Transportation9292100
Utilities9090100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Aberdeen is 1% lower than the South Dakota average
  • The cost of living in Aberdeen is 12% lower than the national average
  • Aberdeen housing is 27% 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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      Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

      Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
      Owners$66,540$5,545$1,552$1,996
      Renters$28,727$2,394$670$862
      A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living in Aberdeen is by simply calculating the maximum that should be spent on housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The plan is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Aberdeen has a median income of about $66,540 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a maximum of $1,552 should be spent on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $28,727. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $670 on all rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

      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%

      Goods & Services

      ItemAberdeenNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $15.74$18.6215.5%
      Beauty Salon $23.63$39.0539.5%
      Toothpaste $2.17$2.347.2%
      Shampoo $1.17$1.0611.0%
      Movie $9.00$10.6815.8%
      Bowling $12.00$14.6718.2%

      Groceries

      ItemAberdeenNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.94$4.226.7%
      Fried Chicken $1.34$1.393.6%
      Milk $2.02$2.051.6%
      Potatoes $2.60$3.2920.8%
      Pizza $11.20$10.625.5%
      Beer $9.52$9.381.5%

      Health Care

      ItemAberdeenNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $174.08$108.5760.3%
      Doctor $118.42$116.171.9%
      Dentist $77.12$99.1322.2%
      Ibuprofen $9.98$9.683.2%
      Lipitor $466.05$466.920.2%

      Housing

      ItemAberdeenNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $140,300.00$184,700.0024.0%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,666.19$1,197.4239.1%
      Apartment Rent $616.00$949.0035.1%

      Transportation

      ItemAberdeenNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.10$2.225.6%
      Tire Balancing $42.58$50.0714.9%

      Utilities

      ItemAberdeenNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$134.29$167.6719.9%
      Phone $187.60$175.646.8%
      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.
      Wetonka, SD394-6%
      Stratford, SD6594-6%
      Bath Corner, SD1111000%
      Westport, SD12381-19%
      Columbia, SD14982-18%
      Aberdeen, SD27,78388-12%

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      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Benicia, CA27,78015757%
      Sahuarita, AZ27,7801055%
      Melrose, MA27,78714646%
      Shaker Heights, OH27,7731044%
      Saugus, MA27,77313636%
      Aberdeen, SD27,78388-12%
      Source: The Aberdeen, SD cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2020.