Morehead City 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.
IndexMorehead CityNorth CarolinaNational
Cost of living index10095100
IndexMorehead CityNorth CarolinaNational
Goods & Services index99100100
Groceries index10399100
Health care index113105100
Housing index9787100
Transportation index10194100
Utilities index10097100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Morehead City, NC is shown above. Compared to the state average of North Carolina the cost of living index in Morehead City, NC is 100, which is 5% higher than the average in North Carolina and compared to the national average it is equal to. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Morehead City, NC goods and services come in at 1% lower than the average in North Carolina and are 1% lower than compared to the nationwide average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Morehead City is 5% higher than the North Carolina average.
  • The cost of living in Morehead City is equal to the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Morehead City is 3% 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)
Owners$48,854$4,071$1,140$1,466
Renters$29,885$2,490$697$897
The affordability of the housing market in Morehead City, 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 Morehead City, NC homeowners, the median income is $48,854. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,140 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $29,885. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $697 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 assessing the complete cost of living in Morehead City, NC, the North Carolina income tax and the North Carolina sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The North Carolina maximum surtax is 7.5%, and the North Carolina sales tax is 4.75%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 5.75% to 5.75% in North Carolina.

Goods & Services

ItemMorehead CityNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.22$15.568.6%
Beauty Salon $41.53$36.1115.0%
Toothpaste $2.12$2.4714.3%
Shampoo $1.00$0.963.3%
Movie $11.29$10.1311.5%
Bowling $3.90$4.7417.7%

Groceries

ItemMorehead CityNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.72$3.9818.5%
Fried Chicken $1.36$1.413.1%
Milk $1.97$2.064.5%
Potatoes $3.34$2.9812.0%
Pizza $9.13$9.473.6%
Beer $8.69$8.791.1%

Health Care

ItemMorehead CityNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $110.28$101.049.1%
Doctor $140.44$107.4430.7%
Dentist $101.50$90.4212.3%
Ibuprofen $8.83$9.284.9%
Lipitor $427.77$426.500.3%

Housing

ItemMorehead CityNational avg.Difference
Home Price $186,800.00$175,700.006.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $958.55$1,133.2315.4%
Apartment Rent $689.00$920.0025.1%

Transportation

ItemMorehead CityNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.96$1.991.6%
Tire Balancing $48.95$45.767.0%

Utilities

ItemMorehead CityNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$167.71$163.812.4%
Phone $28.00$28.391.4%
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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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Marshallberg, NC23894-6%
Gloucester, NC51498-2%
Havelock, NC20,85098-2%
Newport, NC4,48798-2%
Beaufort, NC4,11999-1%
Morehead City, NC9,030100-0%

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Myrtle Grove, NC9,03011010%
Plymouth, MI9,0291033%
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Thompsonville, CT9,02111414%
Morehead City, NC9,030100-0%
Source: The Morehead City, NC cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.