Cary 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.
IndexCaryNorth CarolinaNational
Cost of living index11496100
IndexCaryNorth CarolinaNational
Goods & Services index100101100
Groceries index100100100
Health care index99104100
Housing index14985100
Transportation index99102100
Utilities index98100100

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Cary is 19% higher than the North Carolina average.
  • The cost of living in Cary is 14% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Cary is 49% higher 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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Compare Cary, NC Cost of living To Other Cities

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%

Goods & Services

ItemCaryNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.57$14.5927.3%
Beauty Salon $40.57$34.6817.0%
Toothpaste $2.44$2.471.3%
Shampoo $1.01$1.021.2%
Movie $9.86$9.870.1%
Bowling $4.44$4.391.1%

Groceries

ItemCaryNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.69$4.484.8%
Fried Chicken $1.35$1.467.8%
Milk $2.50$2.366.1%
Potatoes $3.64$3.0618.9%
Pizza $9.27$9.240.3%
Beer $8.62$8.630.1%

Health Care

ItemCaryNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $98.75$99.781.0%
Doctor $95.79$105.038.8%
Dentist $98.29$88.7010.8%
Ibuprofen $9.61$9.412.1%
Lipitor $258.40$298.5013.4%

Housing

ItemCaryNational avg.Difference
Home Price $302,500.00$181,400.0066.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $797.74$1,081.0326.2%
Apartment Rent $944.00$889.006.2%

Transportation

ItemCaryNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.22$2.096.3%
Tire Balancing $35.50$45.2921.6%

Utilities

ItemCaryNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$147.80$170.8013.5%
Phone $31.99$28.2613.2%
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.
Blue Clay Farms, NC5597-3%
Garner, NC25,78498-2%
Durham, NC229,96397-3%
Fuquay-Varina, NC18,1431011%
Raleigh, NC405,0071033%
Cary, NC136,62711414%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Orange, CA136,89115252%
Pasadena, CA137,31616161%
Hampton, VA137,4711022%
Savannah, GA137,69097-3%
Fullerton, CA135,41914747%
Cary, NC136,62711414%
Source: The Cary, NC cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.