Overall 16%
Goods & Services 9%
Housing 40%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2019 and was released from C2ER in January, 2020; 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.
IndexThief River FallsMinnesotaNational
Cost of living84104100
Goods & Services91109100
Health care108110100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Thief River Falls is 19% lower than the Minnesota average
  • The cost of living in Thief River Falls is 16% lower than the national average
  • Thief River Falls housing is 40% lower than the national average
  • Minnesota general sales tax is 35% higher than the national average
  • Minnesota state income tax is 117% higher than the national average

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      Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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      Minnesota Sales Tax

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      Goods & Services

      ItemThief River FallsNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $17.75$17.491.5%
      Beauty Salon $35.00$38.178.3%
      Toothpaste $2.25$2.323.1%
      Shampoo $1.39$1.0137.4%
      Movie $6.93$10.7235.4%
      Bowling $10.50$13.8624.2%


      ItemThief River FallsNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.56$3.908.7%
      Fried Chicken $2.06$1.4047.6%
      Milk $2.18$1.9611.1%
      Potatoes $3.51$3.1810.3%
      Pizza $10.74$10.393.3%
      Beer $8.24$9.2310.7%

      Health Care

      ItemThief River FallsNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $122.00$106.3414.7%
      Doctor $166.69$115.2544.6%
      Dentist $81.33$98.3817.3%
      Ibuprofen $8.94$9.263.5%
      Lipitor $512.93$466.4710.0%


      ItemThief River FallsNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $111,200.00$184,700.0039.8%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,378.73$1,273.328.3%
      Apartment Rent $580.00$949.0038.9%


      ItemThief River FallsNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.65$2.592.2%
      Tire Balancing $46.98$48.903.9%


      ItemThief River FallsNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$137.61$167.6017.9%
      Phone $185.14$163.4213.3%
      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.

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      Viking, MN14378-22%
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      St. Hilaire, MN27684-16%
      Holt, MN12384-16%
      Thief River Falls, MN8,72684-16%

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      Source: The Thief River Falls, MN cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.