Minot 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.
IndexMinotNorth DakotaNational
Cost of living index10597100
IndexMinotNorth DakotaNational
Goods & Services index106102100
Groceries index107105100
Health care index115113100
Housing index10685100
Transportation index114107100
Utilities index8385100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Minot, ND. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Minot, ND being 105, that puts it 9% higher than the average of North Dakota and 5% higher than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Minot, ND, the price of goods and services are 4% higher than the average of North Dakota as well as 6% higher than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Minot is 9% higher than the North Dakota average.
  • The cost of living in Minot is 5% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Minot is 6% higher than the national average.
  • North Dakota general sales tax is 2% lower than the national average.
  • North Dakota state income tax is 51% 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)
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Minot, ND, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Minot, ND, the median monthly income is $79,379 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,852 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $43,694, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $1,019 on monthly rental expenses.

North Dakota Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
North Dakota5%8%

North Dakota Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
North Dakota1.1%2.9%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Minot, ND is the North Dakota sales tax and North Dakota 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 North Dakota sales tax rate is 5% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 8%. 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 North Dakota income tax rates range from 1.1% to 2.9%.

Goods & Services

ItemMinotNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.66$16.092.6%
Beauty Salon $28.34$37.3324.1%
Toothpaste $2.91$2.4519.0%
Shampoo $1.20$1.0019.9%
Movie $11.62$10.2813.0%
Bowling $4.25$4.9313.8%


ItemMinotNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.03$3.805.9%
Fried Chicken $1.46$1.404.3%
Milk $2.72$2.0135.6%
Potatoes $3.26$3.018.3%
Pizza $13.33$9.8934.9%
Beer $8.33$8.906.3%

Health Care

ItemMinotNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $112.00$102.169.6%
Doctor $151.11$108.3639.5%
Dentist $84.67$92.538.5%
Ibuprofen $12.65$9.2836.3%
Lipitor $493.89$425.8216.0%


ItemMinotNational avg.Difference
Home Price $201,900.00$184,700.009.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,185.21$1,202.441.4%
Apartment Rent $917.00$949.003.4%


ItemMinotNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.29$2.242.0%
Tire Balancing $64.00$46.2938.3%


ItemMinotNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$136.75$165.9617.6%
Phone $23.97$28.6816.4%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Deering, ND9290-10%
Des Lacs, ND21596-4%
Sawyer, ND3231000%
Ruthville, ND2561000%
Foxholm, ND521055%
Minot, ND47,3381055%

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Minot, ND47,3381055%
Source: The Minot, ND cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.