Mebane 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.
IndexMebaneNorth CarolinaNational
Cost of living index9595100
IndexMebaneNorth CarolinaNational
Goods & Services index100100100
Groceries index9799100
Health care index101105100
Housing index9187100
Transportation index8994100
Utilities index9297100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Mebane, NC cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Mebane, NC is 95, which is equal to the North Carolina average and 5% lower than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Mebane, NC are 1% lower than the North Carolina average and equal to the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Mebane is equal to the North Carolina average.
  • The cost of living in Mebane is 5% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Mebane is 9% 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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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Mebane, NC, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Mebane, NC, the median monthly income is $70,823 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,652 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $36,283, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $847 on monthly rental expenses.

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 considering the overall cost of living expenses in Mebane, NC, it's important to take into account the sales tax for North Carolina, as well as the rate for income tax in North Carolina. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for North Carolina is 7.5%, and the sales tax in the state of North Carolina is 4.75%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in North Carolina starts from 5.75% and goes up to 5.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemMebaneNational avg.Difference
Haircut $12.00$15.5622.9%
Beauty Salon $39.78$36.1110.2%
Toothpaste $2.00$2.4719.0%
Shampoo $0.96$0.960.2%
Movie $9.35$10.137.7%
Bowling $4.50$4.745.0%


ItemMebaneNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.16$3.984.3%
Fried Chicken $1.42$1.410.7%
Milk $1.94$2.066.2%
Potatoes $2.78$2.986.7%
Pizza $9.99$9.475.5%
Beer $8.78$8.790.2%

Health Care

ItemMebaneNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $100.00$101.041.0%
Doctor $111.33$107.443.6%
Dentist $88.67$90.421.9%
Ibuprofen $8.48$9.288.6%
Lipitor $451.89$426.506.0%


ItemMebaneNational avg.Difference
Home Price $161,100.00$175,700.008.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $754.61$1,133.2333.4%
Apartment Rent $814.00$920.0011.5%


ItemMebaneNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.89$1.995.0%
Tire Balancing $34.44$45.7624.7%


ItemMebaneNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$157.07$163.814.1%
Phone $24.67$28.3913.1%
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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Mebane, NC12,50995-5%

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Source: The Mebane, NC cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.