Crookston 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.
Cost of living index87102100
Goods & Services index100105100
Groceries index102106100
Health care index107113100
Housing index57100100
Transportation index107103100
Utilities index8389100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Crookston, MN is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Crookston, MN enjoy a cost of living index of 87. This index is 15% lower than the Minnesota average, and 13% lower than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Crookston, MN, the average cost of goods and services is 5% lower than it is in Minnesota, and it is equal to the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Crookston is 15% lower than the Minnesota average.
  • The cost of living in Crookston is 13% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Crookston is 43% lower than the national average.
  • Minnesota general sales tax is 35% higher than the national average.
  • Minnesota state income tax is 141% higher than the national average.

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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Crookston, MN 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 Crookston, MN homeowners, is $59,200. This would allow for a maximum of $1,381 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $25,032 which would result in a maximum of $584 to be spent on rental costs.

Minnesota Sales Tax

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Minnesota Income Tax

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One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Crookston, MN is the Minnesota sales tax and Minnesota income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The Minnesota sales tax rate is 6.875% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 7.875%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The Minnesota income tax rates range from 5.35% to 9.85%.

Goods & Services

ItemCrookstonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.85$16.091.4%
Beauty Salon $32.49$37.3313.0%
Toothpaste $2.13$2.4512.8%
Shampoo $1.24$1.0024.3%
Movie $7.50$10.2827.1%
Bowling $3.63$4.9326.4%


ItemCrookstonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.71$3.802.4%
Fried Chicken $1.63$1.4016.7%
Milk $2.32$2.0115.7%
Potatoes $3.14$3.014.3%
Pizza $9.66$9.892.2%
Beer $9.49$8.906.7%

Health Care

ItemCrookstonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $112.52$102.1610.1%
Doctor $126.50$108.3616.7%
Dentist $92.77$92.530.3%
Ibuprofen $9.55$9.283.0%
Lipitor $453.49$425.826.5%


ItemCrookstonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $99,700.00$184,700.0046.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,157.82$1,202.443.7%
Apartment Rent $622.00$949.0034.5%


ItemCrookstonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.21$2.241.7%
Tire Balancing $58.33$46.2926.0%


ItemCrookstonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$158.14$165.964.7%
Phone $20.00$28.6830.3%
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.
Climax, MN26482-18%
Fisher, MN46289-11%
Crookston, MN7,81487-13%

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Fort Lupton, CO7,81493-7%
Alamo Heights, TX7,81413535%
Brooksville, FL7,81483-17%
Hartsville, SC7,81693-7%
Wilson, PA7,81995-5%
Crookston, MN7,81487-13%
Source: The Crookston, MN cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.