Cost of Living in Tower City, North Dakota
Tower City is a city spanning Cass County and Barnes County in North Dakota with a population of 280. The total cost of housing, food, child care, transportation, health care, taxes, and other necessities for a single adult in Tower City is $31,852 a year — less than the annual cost of living for North Dakota of $34,638 and less than the national figure of $38,433.
Using cost of living data from the nonprofift think tank Economic Policy Institute, 24/7 Wall St. estimated the cost of living in Tower City and over 29,000 other cities and towns in the US.
Housing Costs in Tower City, North Dakota
Housing is one of the largest components of cost of living. In Tower City, the median home value is $116,800, less than the national median home value of $204,900.
Renting is a sometimes lower cost alternative to homeownership. In Tower City, some 17.30% of occupied homes are rented, less than the 36.2% national renter rate. The typical renter in Tower City spends $420 a month on housing, less than the $1,023 national median monthly rent.
In addition to home value, one of the largest determinants of housing affordability is area income. While nationwide the price of a typical U.S. home is 3.4 times the $60,293 U.S. median household income, housing affordability ratios range from approximately 1.0 in the least expensive cities to more than 10.0 in the country's most expensive markets. In Tower City, the median household income is $54,464, 2.1 times the median home value.
Transportation Costs in Tower City, North Dakota
Transportation can also be a significant component of cost of living. In Tower City, 91.70% of commuters drive to work, compared to 85.5% of commuters nationwide. An estimated 64.10% of workers commute to jobs outside of Tower City, a larger share than the 43.7% share of commuters nationwide who live and work in different cities. The average commute in Tower City is 19.1 minutes long, compared to the 26.6-minute average commute nationwide. Taking into account the cost of gas, as well as public transit and car maintenance, the EPI estimates that a single person in Tower City spends $10,045 a year on transportation, about the same as the national average of $9,760.
Health Care Costs in Tower City, North Dakota
Out-of-pocket health care costs and insurance premiums — assuming at least a basic level of health insurance coverage — are slightly lower than they are on average nationwide in Tower City but in line with what they are across North Dakota as a whole.
For a single adult living in the area, average health care costs come out to $3,963 per year, compared to an average of $4,029 across North Dakota and $4,266 nationwide.
Child care Costs in Tower City, North Dakota
For families with children, child care adds thousands of dollars to overall annual spending. In Tower City, the average annual cost of child care for two children — one 4 year old and one 8 year old — is $21,189, about $6,500 more than the comparable average of $19,130 across all of North Dakota. Meanwhile, across the U.S. as a whole, childcare expenses for two children averages $15,853 per year.
Food Costs in Tower City, North Dakota
Food is another every day expense that has a significant impact on overall cost of living. Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that the cost of food varies from city to city and town to town.
In Tower City, a single adult spends an average of $3,154 on food annually, and a family of four spends $9,107 on average. For context, average annual food expenditure across North Dakota and the U.S., respectively, are $3,231 and $3,240 for a single adult, and $9,329 and $9,354 for a family of four. These estimates are calculated for a nutritionally adequate diet of food purchased at a grocery store for at-home preparation.
Taxes in Tower City, North Dakota
Few expenses vary as much from city to city and town to town as taxes. Accounting for state and federal income taxes, as well as Social Security contributions and Medicare payroll taxes, the average adult working in Tower City, North Dakota pays $4,645 annually — relatively little compared to the statewide average of $5,191.
It is important to note that these calculations do not include other common taxes such as property, sales, and excise taxes. Accounting for these taxes, while excluding taxes levied at the federal level, Tower City residents live in a state with a high average tax burden. Per capita state tax collections in North Dakota total $5,533 per year, compared to the $3,151 average across all states.
To estimate the cost of housing, food, transportation, health care, child care, taxes, and other necessities, 24/7 Wall St. assigned county-level Economic Policy Institute data to cities, towns, villages and Census-designated places based on boundary definitions from the U.S. Census Bureau. For places that span multiple counties, data was aggregated based on the percentage of boundary overlap.
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