Bessemer City cost of living index

In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.
IndexBessemer CityNorth CarolinaNational
Cost of living index8795100
IndexBessemer CityNorth CarolinaNational
Goods & Services index102100100
Groceries index9499100
Health care index104105100
Housing index6187100
Transportation index9794100
Utilities index9297100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Bessemer City, NC cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Bessemer City, NC is 87, which is 9% lower than the North Carolina average and 13% lower than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Bessemer City, NC are 1% higher than the North Carolina average and 2% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Bessemer City is 9% lower than the North Carolina average.
  • The cost of living in Bessemer City is 13% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Bessemer City is 39% lower than the national average.
  • North Carolina general sales tax is 7% lower than the national average.
  • North Carolina state income tax is 159% higher than the national average.

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The salary calculator is meant to help you compare your salary in Bessemer City, NC to your potential earning power in another city. This can help you deduce what your salary would need to be in any given city in order for you to live the same lifestyle that you do in your current city. In other words, if you plan on moving to a city where the cost of living is higher than in Bessemer City, NC, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Bessemer City, NC salary calculator, simply input the new city, then move the adjustable slider to match your current income. Once you've selected your income, the calculator will determine if that income is sufficient to support your standard of living in the new city you entered. The calculator will also supply you with a rundown of living costs in the new city.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$37,848$3,154$883$1,136
Renters$26,188$2,182$611$786
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Bessemer City, NC, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Bessemer City, NC has a median income of about $37,848 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $883 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $26,188. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $611 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

North Carolina Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
North Carolina4.75%7.5%

North Carolina Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
North Carolina5.75%5.75%
When assessing the complete cost of living in Bessemer City, NC, the North Carolina income tax and the North Carolina sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The North Carolina maximum surtax is 7.5%, and the North Carolina sales tax is 4.75%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 5.75% to 5.75% in North Carolina.

Goods & Services

ItemBessemer CityNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.25$15.564.4%
Beauty Salon $34.87$36.113.4%
Toothpaste $2.89$2.4716.8%
Shampoo $1.04$0.968.1%
Movie $10.55$10.134.2%
Bowling $5.57$4.7417.6%

Groceries

ItemBessemer CityNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.85$3.983.5%
Fried Chicken $1.34$1.415.0%
Milk $1.95$2.065.5%
Potatoes $3.05$2.982.3%
Pizza $9.09$9.474.1%
Beer $8.69$8.791.2%

Health Care

ItemBessemer CityNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $114.36$101.0413.2%
Doctor $100.31$107.446.6%
Dentist $111.42$90.4223.2%
Ibuprofen $6.63$9.2828.5%
Lipitor $389.57$426.508.7%

Housing

ItemBessemer CityNational avg.Difference
Home Price $93,300.00$175,700.0046.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $871.06$1,133.2323.1%
Apartment Rent $737.00$920.0019.9%

Transportation

ItemBessemer CityNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.95$1.992.0%
Tire Balancing $43.26$45.765.5%

Utilities

ItemBessemer CityNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$156.74$163.814.3%
Phone $25.00$28.3911.9%
Although the cost of living data is updated regularly, this cost of living information is to be used as estimates only as prices can change on an ongoing basis.

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Source: The Bessemer City, NC cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.