Fort Dodge, IA Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2020-03-08
Fort Dodge's Overall Cost Of Living
Lower Than The National Average
The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in America. An index above 100 means Fort Dodge is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in Fort Dodge, IA?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Fort Dodge has an overall cost of living index of 85 which is 0.8x lower than the national index of 100.

Compared to only Iowa, Fort Dodge has a cost of living index that's 0.9x lower than Iowa's index of 90.

The standard of living in Fort Dodge ranks as #795 most affordable out of the 6522 places we measured in Iowa. By definition, that implies Fort Dodge ranks as the #5611 most expensive place in the Hawkeye State.

Fort Dodge Cost Of Living Vs. Iowa

Living Expense Fort Dodge Iowa National Average
Overall 85 90 100
Services 101 96 100
Groceries 99 98 100
Health 101 100 100
Housing 51 73 100
Transportation 103 101 100
Utilities 90 98 100
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Fort Dodge, IA Housing Cost Breakdown

Housing swings affordability the most between places in Iowa, so we broke down the statistics around housing costs into more detail. It's also important to consider median household incomes to make apples-to-apples comparisons across locations.

Home and income come data comes from the most recent US Census ACS 2014-2018.

Median Home Value
Median Rent
Median Income
Statistic Fort Dodge Iowa United States
Median Home Value $91,000 $142,300 $204,900
Median Rent $633 $766 $1,023
Median Income $40,271 $58,580 $60,293
Home Value To Income 2.3x 2.4x 3.4x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.19x 0.16x 0.2x

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Cost Of Living In Cities Around Fort Dodge

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. Fort Dodge
Ames, IA 65,937 97 1.1x
Boone, IA 12,529 87 1.0x
Carroll, IA 9,899 91 1.1x
Perry, IA 7,667 86 1.0x
Nevada, IA 6,798 89 1.0x
Algona, IA 5,455 89 1.0x
Iowa Falls, IA 5,124 85 1.0x

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