Cost of Living Report
The Cost of Living Study provides an estimate of a basic-needs cost of living in Minnesota for individuals and for various family sizes, by county, region, and statewide. The study examines living costs in seven cost categories: food, housing, health care, transportation, child care, other necessities, and net taxes.
The Labor Market Information (LMI) office of the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is mandated by Minnesota Statutes 2013, chapter 116J, section 13 to report every February on the year’s updated Cost of Living Study results and to provide analysis and recommendations to aid in the assessment of employment and economic development planning needs throughout the state.
Please note that although results for previous years have been updated in the Cost of Living database to reflect current changes in methodology, the updated results are not reflected in reports from past years. Also note that the Cost of Living Study is not designed as a time series and LMI recommends against using it for historical charting.