These Minnesota Counties Are The Most Expensive To Live In
In Minnesota, the cost of living isn't exactly cheap, but it is far from the most expensive state to live in across the United States.
The Land of 10,000 Lakes comes in at #26 most expensive state to live in according to data compiled by the website WiseVoter when looking at 2023 information. While the overall cost of living ranks a little lower on a national scale, the "average living wage" a single person with no kids would need to earn to support themself is the 18th-highest in the country, coming in at $17.74 per hour.
This wage includes expenses like food, housing, healthcare, transportation, taxes, and certain other cost of living expenses.
Looking more closely on a county-by-county level, there's a pretty notable range between the least and most expensive counties to live in across the state.
While the least expensive county to live in, according to the most recent data from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, requires $12.74 per hour, the most expensive counties to live in require several dollars more per hour in order to support the average single working-age adult.
On the other end of the spectrum, the most expensive counties in Minnesota require several dollars more per hour in wages in order to cover your expenses.
Here's a look at the 20 most expensive counties to live in across Minnesota and how much you'd need to make in order to earn what is called a "living wage" to cover the average expenses expected for the average single working adult.
20 Most Expensive Counties In Minnesota To Live In
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