Cost of Living

The Northland is an affordable place to live, thanks in large part to its relatively cheap housing stock. Rarely do costs rise high above the national average, and in the few cases where they do, it's driven by real estate along Lake Superior. The region's affordability becomes especially obvious when compared to other major cities in the region and across the country.

Sperling's Best Places measures the cost of living in an area relative to a US average of 100. If the number is above 100, it's more expensive to live in that area. If the number is below 100, then it's less expensive in that area.

The total of all costs of living is weighted subjectively as follows: housing (30%), food and groceries (15%), transportation (10%), utilities (6%), health care (7%), and miscellaneous expenses such as clothing, services, and entertainment (32%). State and local taxes are not included in any category.

 
  Cost of Living

 

 

Overall

Grocery

Health

Housing

Utilities

Transportation

Miscellanous

 Aitkin

92.4

104.9

109

65

104

101

107

 Aurora

83.6

102.8

107

42

103

101

105

 Babbitt

84.7

102.8

107

45

103

101

105

 Barnum

92.6

104.6

104

67

102

104

107

 Beaver Bay

110.0

103.9

104

122

104

104

106

 Big Falls

81.9

102.0

107

36

104

104

104

 Bigfork

82.3

104.6

107

36

105

104

102

 Biwabik

83.3

102.8

107

42

103

101

105

 Bovey

84.3

104.6

107

43

105

104

102

 Buhl

83.5

102.8

107

41

103

101

105

 Calumet

82.1

104.6

107

36

105

104

102

 Carlton

93.7

104.6

104

70

102

104

107

 Chisholm

85.7

102.8

107

48

103

101

105

 Cloquet

97.6

104.6

104

82

102

104

107

 Cohasset

113.0

104.6

107

132

105

104

102

 Coleraine

94.9

104.6

107

76

105

104

102

 Cook

86.3

102.8

107

50

103

101

105

 Cotton Township

86.8

102.8

107

51

103

101

105

 Cromwell

90.5

104.6

104

60

102

104

107

 Deer River

82.9

104.6

107

38

105

104

102

 Duluth

97.7

102.8

107

85

103

101

105

 Ely

87.3

102.8

107

53

103

101

105

 Eveleth

83.3

102.8

107

41

103

101

105

 Floodwood

82.7

102.8

107

39

103

101

105

 Gilbert

85.5

102.8

107

47

103

101

105

 Grand Marais

103.1

102.7

105

100

103

104

107

 Grand Rapids

97.3

104.6

107

83

105

104

102

 Hermantown

111.4

102.8

107

128

103

101

105

 Hibbing

87.5

102.8

107

54

103

101

105

 Hill City

83.5

104.9

109

37

104

101

107

 Hoyt Lakes

83.4

102.8

107

41

103

101

105

 International Falls

85.9

102.0

107

48

104

104

104

 Keewatin

83.0

104.6

107

38

105

104

102

 Kettle River

86.3

104.6

104

47

102

104

107

 La Prairie

97.1

104.6

107

83

105

104

102

 Lake Nebagamon Village

105.6

98.8

110

113

107

102

101

 Littlefork

88.0

102.0

107

55

104

104

104

 Lutsen Township

126.1

102.7

105

172

103

104

107

 McGrath

83.5

104.9

109

37

104

101

107

 McGregor

86.6

104.9

109

48

104

101

107

 Meadowlands

82.6

102.8

107

38

103

101

105

 Moose Lake

93.3

104.6

104

69

102

104

107

 Mountain Iron

90.8

102.8

107

64

103

101

105

 Nashwauk

85.4

104.6

107

46

105

104

102

 Northome

80.6

102.0

107

32

104

104

104

 Orr

85.9

102.8

107

49

103

101

105

 Poplar Village

101.4

98.8

110

100

107

102

101

 Proctor

90.2

102.8

107

62

103

101

105

 Ranier

94.2

102.0

107

74

104

104

104

 Rice Lake

84.1

102.9

108

42

104

104

104

 Silver Bay

88.4

103.9

104

54

104

104

106

 Solon Springs Town

90.5

98.8

110

66

107

102

101

 Solon Springs Village

90.5

98.8

110

66

107

102

101

 Superior

101.1

98.8

110

99

107

102

101

 Superior Village

101.1

98.8

110

99

107

102

101

 Tamarack

92.3

104.9

109

65

104

101

107

 Thomson Township

90.1

104.6

104

59

102

104

107

 Tofte Township

119.2

102.7

105

150

103

104

107

 Tower

118.4

102.8

107

150

103

101

105

 Two Harbors

95.8

103.9

104

77

104

104

106

 Virginia

87.8

102.8

107

55

103

101

105

 Warba

93.1

104.6

107

70

105

104

102

 White Township

105.2

102.8

107

109

103

101

105

 Wrenshall

98.2

104.6

104

84

102

104

107


Source:  Sperling's Best Places (www.bestplaces.net)