Oak Ridge 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.
IndexOak RidgeNorth CarolinaNational
Cost of living index11595100
IndexOak RidgeNorth CarolinaNational
Goods & Services index98100100
Groceries index9999100
Health care index104105100
Housing index15087100
Transportation index9894100
Utilities index11297100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Oak Ridge, NC is shown above. Compared to the state average of North Carolina the cost of living index in Oak Ridge, NC is 115, which is 21% higher than the average in North Carolina and compared to the national average it is 15% higher than. 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 Oak Ridge, NC goods and services come in at 2% lower than the average in North Carolina and are 2% lower than compared to the nationwide average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Oak Ridge is 21% higher than the North Carolina average.
  • The cost of living in Oak Ridge is 15% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Oak Ridge is 50% 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$108,140$9,012$2,523$3,245
Renters$34,712$2,893$810$1,041
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Oak Ridge, NC as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Oak Ridge, NC homeowners, is $108,140. This would allow for a maximum of $2,523 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $34,712 which would result in a maximum of $810 to be spent on rental 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%
For those who live in Oak Ridge, NC and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the North Carolina income tax rate and the North Carolina sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In North Carolina, the sales tax is 4.75%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 7.5%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in North Carolina, the income tax rate ranges between 5.75% to 5.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemOak RidgeNational avg.Difference
Haircut $19.92$15.5628.0%
Beauty Salon $33.61$36.116.9%
Toothpaste $2.48$2.470.3%
Shampoo $1.06$0.9610.2%
Movie $10.31$10.131.8%
Bowling $4.71$4.740.5%

Groceries

ItemOak RidgeNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.66$3.988.2%
Fried Chicken $1.46$1.413.5%
Milk $1.94$2.065.8%
Potatoes $3.22$2.988.0%
Pizza $8.13$9.4714.2%
Beer $8.78$8.790.2%

Health Care

ItemOak RidgeNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $113.55$101.0412.4%
Doctor $127.44$107.4418.6%
Dentist $88.67$90.421.9%
Ibuprofen $8.34$9.2810.1%
Lipitor $425.33$426.500.3%

Housing

ItemOak RidgeNational avg.Difference
Home Price $320,300.00$175,700.0082.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $760.84$1,133.2332.9%
Apartment Rent $687.00$920.0025.3%

Transportation

ItemOak RidgeNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.94$1.992.7%
Tire Balancing $45.33$45.760.9%

Utilities

ItemOak RidgeNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$169.68$163.813.6%
Phone $35.33$28.3924.5%
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.
Germanton, NC87289-11%
Walnut Cove, NC1,59990-10%
Walkertown, NC4,79093-7%
Winston-Salem, NC234,46994-6%
Wallburg, NC3,05695-5%
Oak Ridge, NC6,43511515%

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Oak Ridge, NC6,43511515%
Source: The Oak Ridge, NC cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.