Smithfield 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.
IndexSmithfieldNorth CarolinaNational
Cost of living index9297100
IndexSmithfieldNorth CarolinaNational
Goods & Services index100101100
Groceries index100100100
Health care index99104100
Housing index7587100
Transportation index99102100
Utilities index98100100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Smithfield, NC. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Smithfield, NC being 92, that puts it 5% lower than the average of North Carolina and 8% lower than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Smithfield, NC, the price of goods and services are equal to the average of North Carolina as well as equal to the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Smithfield is 5% lower than the North Carolina average.
  • The cost of living in Smithfield is 8% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Smithfield is 25% 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 used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Smithfield, NC to another city of your choice. The calculator will inform you of what your salary needs to be in any specific city in order for you to maintain your living standard based on what the city’s cost of living is. As an example, if you are seeking to move to a city that has a higher cost of living compared to Smithfield, NC, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Smithfield, NC salary calculator, input the new city’s name and then move the slider to indicate your current income. The salary calculator will now process the numbers and show you whether you need to earn more or less in the chosen city. A comprehensive breakdown of the cost of living will also be shown.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$44,318$3,693$1,034$1,330
Renters$18,848$1,571$440$565
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Smithfield, NC, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Smithfield, NC has a median income of about $44,318 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,034 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $18,848. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $440 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

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 Smithfield, 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

ItemSmithfieldNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.57$14.5927.3%
Beauty Salon $40.57$34.6817.0%
Toothpaste $2.44$2.471.3%
Shampoo $1.01$1.021.2%
Movie $9.86$9.870.1%
Bowling $4.44$4.391.1%

Groceries

ItemSmithfieldNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.69$4.484.8%
Fried Chicken $1.35$1.467.8%
Milk $2.50$2.366.1%
Potatoes $3.64$3.0618.9%
Pizza $9.27$9.240.3%
Beer $8.62$8.630.1%

Health Care

ItemSmithfieldNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $98.75$99.781.0%
Doctor $95.79$105.038.8%
Dentist $98.29$88.7010.8%
Ibuprofen $9.61$9.412.1%
Lipitor $258.40$298.5013.4%

Housing

ItemSmithfieldNational avg.Difference
Home Price $128,800.00$175,700.0026.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $797.74$1,081.0326.2%
Apartment Rent $714.00$920.0022.4%

Transportation

ItemSmithfieldNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.22$2.096.3%
Tire Balancing $35.50$45.2921.6%

Utilities

ItemSmithfieldNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$147.80$170.8013.5%
Phone $31.99$28.2613.2%
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.
Micro, NC46885-15%
Kenly, NC1,56387-13%
Selma, NC6,17287-13%
Benson, NC3,43589-11%
Dunn, NC9,57089-11%
Smithfield, NC11,35792-8%

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Munhall, PA11,35587-13%
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Verona, WI11,35311111%
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Smithfield, NC11,35792-8%
Source: The Smithfield, NC cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.