Swannanoa 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.
IndexSwannanoaNorth CarolinaNational
Cost of living index9095100
IndexSwannanoaNorth CarolinaNational
Goods & Services index100100100
Groceries index9799100
Health care index98105100
Housing index7187100
Transportation index9594100
Utilities index9197100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Swannanoa, NC is shown above. Compared to the state average of North Carolina the cost of living index in Swannanoa, NC is 90, which is 6% lower than the average in North Carolina and compared to the national average it is 10% lower 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 Swannanoa, NC goods and services come in at equal to the average in North Carolina and are equal to compared to the nationwide average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Swannanoa is 6% lower than the North Carolina average.
  • The cost of living in Swannanoa is 10% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Swannanoa is 29% 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$55,781$4,648$1,301$1,674
Renters$19,603$1,634$457$588
The affordability of the housing market in Swannanoa, 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 Swannanoa, NC homeowners, the median income is $55,781. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,301 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $19,603. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $457 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 you are determining the total cost of living in Swannanoa, NC you will want to make sure you consider both the North Carolina sales tax and the North Carolina income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in North Carolina is 4.75%, with the highest surtax being 7.5%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in North Carolina have a range from 5.75% to 5.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemSwannanoaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.67$15.560.7%
Beauty Salon $36.45$36.110.9%
Toothpaste $2.18$2.4712.0%
Shampoo $0.99$0.962.2%
Movie $10.67$10.135.4%
Bowling $5.00$4.745.6%

Groceries

ItemSwannanoaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.40$3.9810.4%
Fried Chicken $1.25$1.4110.9%
Milk $1.74$2.0615.5%
Potatoes $3.17$2.986.3%
Pizza $11.41$9.4720.4%
Beer $8.84$8.790.5%

Health Care

ItemSwannanoaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $84.33$101.0416.5%
Doctor $87.51$107.4418.6%
Dentist $105.39$90.4216.6%
Ibuprofen $8.08$9.2813.0%
Lipitor $389.46$426.508.7%

Housing

ItemSwannanoaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $123,700.00$175,700.0029.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,062.90$1,133.236.2%
Apartment Rent $677.00$920.0026.4%

Transportation

ItemSwannanoaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.97$1.991.1%
Tire Balancing $39.32$45.7614.1%

Utilities

ItemSwannanoaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$156.65$163.814.4%
Phone $24.49$28.3913.7%
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.
Old Fort, NC96585-15%
Fruitland, NC2,44385-15%
Edneyville, NC2,25589-11%
Woodfin, NC6,16794-6%
Gerton, NC26895-5%
Swannanoa, NC4,44490-10%

Cities with similar population

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Hearne, TX4,44377-23%
Farley, KY4,44379-21%
Greenville, KY4,44284-16%
Summerville, GA4,44279-21%
Mauston, WI4,44692-8%
Swannanoa, NC4,44490-10%
Source: The Swannanoa, NC cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.