At the end of the Mike Rounds Administration, South Dakota's cost of living was 98.5% of the national average.

At the end of the second quarter of this year, South Dakota's cost of living was 100.8% of the national average. In our region, living is cheaper in Nebraska, Iowa, Wyoming, and Montana.

Thus, according to data from the Council for Community and Economic Research posted by the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, under Governor Dennis Daugaard, the relative cost of living in South Dakota has increased by more than two percentage points, to within one percentage point of the cost of living in North Dakota and Minnesota.

Any number of factors could have contributed to this increase in the cost of living, like lack of local food production and manufacturing increasing our reliance on imported goods, or perhaps low wages depressing economic growth and business creation to spur competition. But since our candidates like to take credit for investment and imaginary jobs. Will Governor Daugaard take credit for raising the cost of living in South Dakota?

Second Quarter 2014 Cost of Living
State Rank Index Grocery Housing Utilities Transport Heath Misc
Mississippi 1 86.2 90.1 71.8 86.8 94.9 91.3 91.8
Tennessee 2 89.3 93.5 76.3 91.8 93.8 89.4 95.4
Idaho 3 90 93.1 75 85.7 100.8 101.1 96
Oklahoma 4 90.6 92.6 79.5 95.2 94.4 95.5 94.9
Indiana 5 90.9 92.3 79.6 94.6 100.2 94.8 94
Utah 6 91.6 96.9 86.1 88.7 94.4 92 93.7
Arkansas 7 91.8 91.4 83.9 96.1 90.7 87.1 98
Kentucky 8 92 93.9 78.1 98.5 101.8 92.6 96.5
Michigan 9 92.1 94.8 80.3 97.3 100.2 95.1 95
New Mexico 10 92.1 94.6 77.4 89.5 100.9 98.8 99
Nebraska 11 92.3 97.2 82.9 97.1 95.5 97.3 94.2
Alabama 12 92.4 99.8 79.4 100.6 95 86.9 96.9
Texas 13 92.5 90.1 84.3 94.2 96.7 94.7 97.4
Kansas 14 92.5 94.4 84.6 96.8 94.2 97.4 95.3
Iowa 15 92.8 94.5 87.2 90.7 96.6 96.8 95
Georgia 16 92.9 100.9 80.3 93.7 97.7 95.8 97
Missouri 17 93.4 98.9 79.4 106.2 95.7 98 96.9
Wyoming 18 94 96.6 95.2 99.4 91.6 98.8 90.6
Louisiana 19 94 98.1 88.1 91.1 96 95.3 97
Ohio 20 94.3 99.9 83 100 101.1 96.5 96.2
South Carolina 21 95.7 105.4 81.4 106.1 94.3 98.3 99.8
West Virginia 22 96 95.2 94.6 91.4 100.2 97.3 96.9
Illinois 23 96.2 96.8 92.5 94.4 105.9 101.4 94.8
North Carolina 24 97 103 86.1 100 98.5 106.5 100.2
Virginia 25 97.1 97.2 92 103.4 92.8 99 100.4
Wisconsin 26 97.5 98 88.7 98.9 102.2 109.9 100.2
Montana 27 99.4 102.9 111.6 87.9 86.2 105.1 96.1
Florida 28 99.8 103.6 95.1 102 103.1 98.3 100.1
Arizona 29 100 100.9 100.5 97 98.4 101.9 100.5
Nevada 30 100.8 106.7 95.6 86.5 106.6 96.7 105.1
South Dakota 31 100.8 103.1 104.5 96.9 92.6 98.6 101.4
Colorado 32 101.2 96.1 110.9 91 99.4 103.7 99
North Dakota 33 101.4 103.4 105.2 92.3 101.2 107.9 99.2
Minnesota 34 101.6 105.5 97.1 87.4 100.7 104.5 107.9
Pennsylvania 35 101.9 102.7 98.7 110 100.5 96 103.1
Washington 36 104.2 101.8 110 87.2 106.4 115.7 103.2
Delaware 37 105.4 108.7 96 114 103 100.8 110.4
Maine 38 108.1 96.8 118.5 83.6 107.8 122 110
New Hampshire 39 114.8 100.9 125.2 124.7 97.4 119 115.3
Maryland 40 117.5 108.6 170.6 100.9 101.6 90.9 94.1
Vermont 41 117.6 103.7 140.4 124 107.9 108.1 108.5
Rhode Island 42 122.4 108.2 135.1 124.8 104 119.2 124.9
Oregon 43 123.8 113.8 158.9 91.9 113.3 115.5 114.9
New Jersey 44 124 103.7 160.5 114.4 107.4 105.4 115.4
Massachusetts 45 124.1 109.3 153.6 116.5 108.6 113.5 116.5
California 46 127.8 115.3 176.1 111.9 115.8 111.7 106.4
New York 47 131.8 111.7 189.8 106.5 111.3 105.1 113.7
Alaska 48 132.2 130.5 149.4 160.1 108.6 144.6 118
District of Columbia 49 138.2 108.7 242.5 96.6 103.7 97.7 99.5
Connecticut 50 141.6 115.1 204.4 128.8 117 107.9 121.2
Hawaii 51 158.9 157.4 206 224.9 125.3 113.3 122