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 index13497100
IndexHighlandsNorth CarolinaNational
Goods & Services index106101100
Groceries index110100100
Health care index105104100
Housing index20687100
Transportation index96102100
Utilities index98100100

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  • The cost of living in Highlands is 39% higher than the North Carolina average.
  • The cost of living in Highlands is 34% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Highlands is 106% 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$72,375$6,031$1,689$2,171
Renters$40,000$3,333$933$1,200

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 $16.20$14.5911.0%
Beauty Salon $43.89$34.6826.6%
Toothpaste $3.19$2.4729.0%
Shampoo $1.03$1.020.8%
Movie $10.50$9.876.4%
Bowling $3.89$4.3911.4%

Groceries

ItemHighlandsNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.93$4.4810.1%
Fried Chicken $1.56$1.466.6%
Milk $2.63$2.3611.6%
Potatoes $3.18$3.063.9%
Pizza $9.59$9.243.8%
Beer $9.35$8.638.3%

Health Care

ItemHighlandsNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $108.40$99.788.6%
Doctor $104.00$105.031.0%
Dentist $94.20$88.706.2%
Ibuprofen $10.74$9.4114.1%
Lipitor $311.55$298.504.4%

Housing

ItemHighlandsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $429,200.00$175,700.00144.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $838.34$1,081.0322.4%
Apartment Rent $1,066.00$920.0015.9%

Transportation

ItemHighlandsNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.90$2.099.3%
Tire Balancing $49.31$45.298.9%

Utilities

ItemHighlandsNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$148.43$170.8013.1%
Phone $31.84$28.2612.7%
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.
Glenville, NC6074-26%
Salem, SC12679-21%
Mountain City, GA76781-19%
Clayton, GA1,94586-14%
Tiger, GA37489-11%
Highlands, NC1,08213434%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Lily Lake, IL1,08211818%
Cedar Grove, WV1,08281-19%
Cooperstown, ND1,08282-18%
Rehoboth Beach, DE1,08218888%
Afton, NY1,08288-12%
Highlands, NC1,08213434%
Source: The Highlands, NC cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.