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Overall 6%
Goods & Services 5%
Housing 16%
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.
IndexBrookingsSouth DakotaNational
Cost of living9489100
Goods & Services9593100
Groceries10299100
Health care12097100
Housing8477100
Transportation9992100
Utilities9690100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Brookings is 6% higher than the South Dakota average
  • The cost of living in Brookings is 6% lower than the national average
  • Brookings housing is 16% 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$76,886$6,407$1,794$2,307
      Renters$26,819$2,235$626$805
      To approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Brookings, SD, we can look at the percentage of income that is available to be spent on monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side, a consumer should not spend more than 28% of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36% of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Brookings have a median income of $76,886. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,794 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $26,819, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $626.

      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

      ItemBrookingsNational 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

      ItemBrookingsNational 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

      ItemBrookingsNational 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

      ItemBrookingsNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $164,500.00$184,700.0010.9%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $773.91$1,197.4235.4%
      Apartment Rent $675.00$949.0028.9%

      Transportation

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

      Utilities

      ItemBrookingsNational 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.
      Bruce, SD15678-22%
      Nunda, SD6179-21%
      Sinai, SD10183-17%
      Bushnell, SD9184-16%
      White, SD49685-15%
      Brookings, SD23,29294-6%

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      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Wilmington, MA23,31014545%
      Vicksburg, MS23,32082-18%
      Bloomington, CA23,32211313%
      Greenwood, SC23,26084-16%
      Copiague, NY23,32713434%
      Brookings, SD23,29294-6%
      Source: The Brookings, SD cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2020.