Etowah 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.
IndexEtowahNorth CarolinaNational
Cost of living index10197100
IndexEtowahNorth CarolinaNational
Goods & Services index99101100
Groceries index102100100
Health care index100104100
Housing index10687100
Transportation index106102100
Utilities index92100100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Etowah, NC cost of living index. Compared to other cities in North Carolina and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Etowah, NC is 101, which is 5% higher than the North Carolina average and 1% higher than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Etowah, NC are 2% lower than the average for North Carolina and 1% lower than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in Etowah is 5% higher than the North Carolina average.
  • The cost of living in Etowah is 1% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Etowah is 6% 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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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$47,453$3,954$1,107$1,424
Renters$37,277$3,106$870$1,118
The affordability of the housing market in Etowah, NC as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Etowah, NC homeowners, the median income is $47,453. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,107 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $37,277. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $870 used for their rent related monthly costs.

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 you are determining the total cost of living in Etowah, NC you will want to make sure you consider both the North Carolina sales tax and the North Carolina income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in North Carolina is 4.75%, with the highest surtax being 7.5%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in North Carolina have a range from 5.75% to 5.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemEtowahNational avg.Difference
Haircut $12.00$14.5917.8%
Beauty Salon $33.33$34.683.9%
Toothpaste $1.87$2.4724.4%
Shampoo $1.02$1.020.2%
Movie $10.58$9.877.2%
Bowling $5.05$4.3915.0%

Groceries

ItemEtowahNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $5.02$4.4812.1%
Fried Chicken $1.37$1.466.4%
Milk $2.59$2.369.9%
Potatoes $3.48$3.0613.7%
Pizza $10.99$9.2418.9%
Beer $7.81$8.639.5%

Health Care

ItemEtowahNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $93.00$99.786.8%
Doctor $111.25$105.035.9%
Dentist $95.00$88.707.1%
Ibuprofen $9.65$9.412.5%
Lipitor $252.26$298.5015.5%

Housing

ItemEtowahNational avg.Difference
Home Price $175,400.00$175,700.000.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,132.18$1,081.034.7%
Apartment Rent $1,093.00$920.0018.8%

Transportation

ItemEtowahNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.27$2.098.6%
Tire Balancing $43.98$45.292.9%

Utilities

ItemEtowahNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$160.51$170.806.0%
Phone $24.98$28.2611.6%
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.
Fruitland, NC2,44387-13%
Barker Heights, NC1,65288-12%
East Flat Rock, NC3,91789-11%
Edneyville, NC2,25591-9%
Rosman, NC72394-6%
Etowah, NC6,8621011%

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Gleneagle, CO6,87011414%
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Etowah, NC6,8621011%
Source: The Etowah, NC cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.