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Overall 2%
Goods & Services 5%
Housing 4%
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.
IndexBrandonSouth DakotaNational
Cost of living9889100
Goods & Services9593100
Groceries10299100
Health care12097100
Housing9677100
Transportation9992100
Utilities9690100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Brandon is 10% higher than the South Dakota average
  • The cost of living in Brandon is 2% lower than the national average
  • Brandon housing is 4% 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$87,363$7,280$2,038$2,621
      Renters$43,655$3,638$1,019$1,310
      The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Brandon, SD, as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Brandon homeowners, is $87,363. This would allow for a maximum of $2,038 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $43,655 which would result in a maximum of $1,019 to be spent on rental costs.

      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

      ItemBrandonNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $21.16$18.6213.6%
      Beauty Salon $30.55$39.0521.8%
      Toothpaste $2.27$2.343.2%
      Shampoo $0.92$1.0613.2%
      Movie $8.83$10.6817.4%
      Bowling $9.17$14.6737.5%

      Groceries

      ItemBrandonNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.86$4.2215.1%
      Fried Chicken $1.64$1.3918.1%
      Milk $2.14$2.054.4%
      Potatoes $3.84$3.2916.7%
      Pizza $11.66$10.629.7%
      Beer $8.98$9.384.2%

      Health Care

      ItemBrandonNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $125.17$108.5715.3%
      Doctor $204.33$116.1775.9%
      Dentist $101.00$99.131.9%
      Ibuprofen $10.68$9.6810.4%
      Lipitor $375.37$466.9219.6%

      Housing

      ItemBrandonNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $183,000.00$184,700.000.9%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $773.91$1,197.4235.4%
      Apartment Rent $838.00$949.0011.7%

      Transportation

      ItemBrandonNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.20$2.220.9%
      Tire Balancing $47.72$50.074.7%

      Utilities

      ItemBrandonNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$157.58$167.676.0%
      Phone $182.10$175.643.7%
      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.
      Sherman, SD6579-21%
      Lester, IA26985-15%
      Beaver Creek, MN37586-14%
      Hills, MN72886-14%
      Valley Springs, SD71487-13%
      Brandon, SD9,67498-2%

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Waggaman, LA9,67392-8%
      Alamosa, CO9,67190-10%
      Cheat Lake, WV9,6711077%
      Forestdale, AL9,67990-10%
      Brandywine, MD9,68112828%
      Brandon, SD9,67498-2%
      Source: The Brandon, SD cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2020.