Duluth 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.
IndexDuluthMinnesotaNational
Cost of living index100104100
IndexDuluthMinnesotaNational
Goods & Services index112109100
Groceries index116106100
Health care index115110100
Housing index80100100
Transportation index95100100
Utilities index10098100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Duluth, MN is shown above. Compared to the state average of Minnesota the cost of living index in Duluth, MN is 100, which is 4% lower than the average in Minnesota and compared to the national average it is equal to. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Duluth, MN goods and services come in at 2% higher than the average in Minnesota and are 12% higher than compared to the nationwide average.
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  • The cost of living in Duluth is 4% lower than the Minnesota average.
  • The cost of living in Duluth is equal to the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Duluth is 20% 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

      Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
      Owners$65,784$5,482$1,535$1,974
      Renters$23,095$1,925$539$693
      One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Duluth, MN by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Duluth, MN have a median income of $65,784. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,535 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $23,095, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $539.

      Minnesota Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      Minnesota6.875%7.875%

      Minnesota Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      Minnesota5.35%9.85%
      When assessing the complete cost of living in Duluth, MN, the Minnesota income tax and the Minnesota 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 Minnesota maximum surtax is 7.875%, and the Minnesota sales tax is 6.875%. 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 5.35% to 9.85% in Minnesota.

      Goods & Services

      ItemDuluthNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $21.00$17.4920.1%
      Beauty Salon $38.50$38.170.9%
      Toothpaste $2.86$2.3223.2%
      Shampoo $1.29$1.0127.5%
      Movie $10.82$10.720.9%
      Bowling $12.50$13.869.8%

      Groceries

      ItemDuluthNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.39$3.9012.6%
      Fried Chicken $1.94$1.4039.0%
      Milk $2.99$1.9652.4%
      Potatoes $2.91$3.188.6%
      Pizza $11.49$10.3910.5%
      Beer $10.49$9.2313.7%

      Health Care

      ItemDuluthNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $130.67$106.3422.9%
      Doctor $184.50$115.2560.1%
      Dentist $95.00$98.383.4%
      Ibuprofen $10.47$9.2613.1%
      Lipitor $431.22$466.477.6%

      Housing

      ItemDuluthNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $148,900.00$184,700.0019.4%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $979.73$1,273.3223.1%
      Apartment Rent $752.00$949.0020.8%

      Transportation

      ItemDuluthNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.52$2.592.9%
      Tire Balancing $45.65$48.906.6%

      Utilities

      ItemDuluthNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$170.63$167.601.8%
      Phone $178.83$163.429.4%
      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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      Source: The Duluth, MN cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.