Highlands 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.
IndexHighlandsNorth CarolinaNational
Cost of living index14294100
IndexHighlandsNorth CarolinaNational
Goods & Services index10398100
Groceries index9998100
Health care index106107100
Housing index23685100
Transportation index9298100
Utilities index10796100

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  • The cost of living in Highlands is 50% higher than the North Carolina average.
  • The cost of living in Highlands is 42% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Highlands is 136% 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$78,000$6,500$1,820$2,340
Renters$40,313$3,359$941$1,210

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

ItemHighlandsNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.67$16.099.8%
Beauty Salon $47.43$37.3327.1%
Toothpaste $2.14$2.4512.7%
Shampoo $0.96$1.004.4%
Movie $11.67$10.2813.6%
Bowling $4.13$4.9316.3%

Groceries

ItemHighlandsNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.92$3.803.2%
Fried Chicken $1.32$1.405.7%
Milk $2.18$2.018.7%
Potatoes $3.56$3.0118.4%
Pizza $10.12$9.892.4%
Beer $8.51$8.904.3%

Health Care

ItemHighlandsNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $97.69$102.164.4%
Doctor $106.36$108.361.8%
Dentist $108.99$92.5317.8%
Ibuprofen $9.26$9.280.2%
Lipitor $433.94$425.821.9%

Housing

ItemHighlandsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $534,200.00$184,700.00189.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $846.11$1,202.4429.6%
Apartment Rent $1,048.00$949.0010.4%

Transportation

ItemHighlandsNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.99$2.2411.2%
Tire Balancing $45.99$46.290.7%

Utilities

ItemHighlandsNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$144.94$165.9612.7%
Phone $37.34$28.6830.2%
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.
Glenville, NC5197-3%
Salem, SC14981-19%
Mountain City, GA97083-17%
Clayton, GA1,87288-12%
Tiger, GA41892-8%
Highlands, NC1,14414242%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Sperry, OK1,14487-13%
Laurel, NE1,14484-16%
Brookneal, VA1,14481-19%
Stryker, OH1,14484-16%
Boulder, MT1,14488-12%
Highlands, NC1,14414242%
Source: The Highlands, NC cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.