Brevard 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.
IndexBrevardNorth CarolinaNational
Cost of living index9795100
IndexBrevardNorth CarolinaNational
Goods & Services index100100100
Groceries index9799100
Health care index98105100
Housing index9687100
Transportation index9594100
Utilities index9197100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Brevard, NC cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Brevard, NC is 97, which is 2% higher than the North Carolina average and 3% 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 Brevard, NC are equal to the North Carolina average and equal to the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Brevard is 2% higher than the North Carolina average.
  • The cost of living in Brevard is 3% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Brevard is 4% 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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Using the salary calculator lets you compare the salary you earn in Brevard, NC to what it is in other cities. It will let you know what your earnings would have to be in another city to have the same standard of living, as determined by the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the area you want to move to is higher than the cost of living in Brevard, NC, you have to earn a higher income in order to still have the same standard of living. To operate the Brevard, NC salary calculator, put in the name of the other city, then move the slider to the point that represents the current income. The salary calculator will take care of the rest and tell you how much more or less you must earn in the new city. A Total breakdown of the cost of living is also provided.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$52,750$4,396$1,231$1,583
Renters$26,892$2,241$627$807
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Brevard, NC, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Brevard, NC homeowners have a median income of $52,750. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,231 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $26,892, which means there is a maximum of $627 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

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%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Brevard, NC is the North Carolina sales tax and North Carolina income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The North Carolina sales tax rate is 4.75% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 7.5%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The North Carolina income tax rates range from 5.75% to 5.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemBrevardNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.67$15.560.7%
Beauty Salon $36.45$36.110.9%
Toothpaste $2.18$2.4712.0%
Shampoo $0.99$0.962.2%
Movie $10.67$10.135.4%
Bowling $5.00$4.745.6%

Groceries

ItemBrevardNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.40$3.9810.4%
Fried Chicken $1.25$1.4110.9%
Milk $1.74$2.0615.5%
Potatoes $3.17$2.986.3%
Pizza $11.41$9.4720.4%
Beer $8.84$8.790.5%

Health Care

ItemBrevardNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $84.33$101.0416.5%
Doctor $87.51$107.4418.6%
Dentist $105.39$90.4216.6%
Ibuprofen $8.08$9.2813.0%
Lipitor $389.46$426.508.7%

Housing

ItemBrevardNational avg.Difference
Home Price $188,700.00$175,700.007.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,062.90$1,133.236.2%
Apartment Rent $624.00$920.0032.2%

Transportation

ItemBrevardNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.97$1.991.1%
Tire Balancing $39.32$45.7614.1%

Utilities

ItemBrevardNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$156.65$163.814.4%
Phone $24.49$28.3913.7%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Slater-Marietta, SC2,41486-14%
Rosman, NC72391-9%
Balfour, NC1,45391-9%
Fletcher, NC7,32097-3%
Valley Hill, NC2,31698-2%
Brevard, NC7,65197-3%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
East Franklin, NJ7,64712323%
Arcadia, FL7,64790-10%
North Star, DE7,65514343%
Baldwinsville, NY7,65591-9%
Rio Vista, CA7,64611515%
Brevard, NC7,65197-3%
Source: The Brevard, NC cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.