Kings Mountain 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.
IndexKings MountainNorth CarolinaNational
Cost of living index8997100
IndexKings MountainNorth CarolinaNational
Goods & Services index97101100
Groceries index100100100
Health care index101104100
Housing index6287100
Transportation index100102100
Utilities index110100100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Kings Mountain, NC cost of living index. Compared to other cities in North Carolina and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Kings Mountain, NC is 89, which is 8% lower than the North Carolina average and 11% lower 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 Kings Mountain, NC are 3% lower than the average for North Carolina and 3% lower than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Kings Mountain is 8% lower than the North Carolina average.
  • The cost of living in Kings Mountain is 11% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Kings Mountain is 38% 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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The salary calculator is meant to help you compare your salary in Kings Mountain, NC to your potential earning power in another city. This can help you deduce what your salary would need to be in any given city in order for you to live the same lifestyle that you do in your current city. In other words, if you plan on moving to a city where the cost of living is higher than in Kings Mountain, NC, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Kings Mountain, NC salary calculator, simply input the new city, then move the adjustable slider to match your current income. Once you've selected your income, the calculator will determine if that income is sufficient to support your standard of living in the new city you entered. The calculator will also supply you with a rundown of living costs in the new city.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$55,837$4,653$1,303$1,675
Renters$22,670$1,889$529$680
The affordability of the housing market in Kings Mountain, 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 Kings Mountain, NC homeowners, the median income is $55,837. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,303 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $22,670. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $529 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%
The North Carolina sales tax and North Carolina income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Kings Mountain, NC. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The North Carolina sales tax is 4.75% and the maximum surtax is 7.5%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The North Carolina income tax rates range from 5.75% to 5.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemKings MountainNational avg.Difference
Haircut $12.40$14.5915.0%
Beauty Salon $36.40$34.685.0%
Toothpaste $2.52$2.471.9%
Shampoo $1.08$1.025.7%
Movie $10.39$9.875.3%
Bowling $5.97$4.3935.9%

Groceries

ItemKings MountainNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.51$4.480.7%
Fried Chicken $1.59$1.468.6%
Milk $2.59$2.369.9%
Potatoes $3.37$3.0610.1%
Pizza $8.49$9.248.1%
Beer $8.34$8.633.4%

Health Care

ItemKings MountainNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $119.20$99.7819.5%
Doctor $95.20$105.039.4%
Dentist $91.20$88.702.8%
Ibuprofen $9.12$9.413.1%
Lipitor $322.28$298.508.0%

Housing

ItemKings MountainNational avg.Difference
Home Price $101,800.00$175,700.0042.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $879.18$1,081.0318.7%
Apartment Rent $671.00$920.0027.1%

Transportation

ItemKings MountainNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.19$2.094.9%
Tire Balancing $39.18$45.2913.5%

Utilities

ItemKings MountainNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$170.61$170.800.1%
Phone $35.01$28.2623.9%
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.

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Dellview, NC51000%
Light Oak, NC79881-19%
Patterson Springs, NC64484-16%
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Smyrna, SC4785-15%
Kings Mountain, NC10,74389-11%

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Source: The Kings Mountain, NC cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.