Winston-Salem 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.
IndexWinston-SalemNorth CarolinaNational
Cost of living index9997100
IndexWinston-SalemNorth CarolinaNational
Goods & Services index114101100
Groceries index98100100
Health care index105104100
Housing index7987100
Transportation index104102100
Utilities index104100100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Winston-Salem, NC. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Winston-Salem, NC being 99, that puts it 2% higher than the average of North Carolina and 1% 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 Winston-Salem, NC, the price of goods and services are 13% higher than the average of North Carolina as well as 14% higher than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Winston-Salem is 2% higher than the North Carolina average.
  • The cost of living in Winston-Salem is 1% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Winston-Salem is 21% 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)
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Winston-Salem, NC by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Winston-Salem, NC have a median income of $58,790. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,372 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $24,932, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $582.

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 Winston-Salem, 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

ItemWinston-SalemNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.00$14.5923.3%
Beauty Salon $36.25$34.684.5%
Toothpaste $2.21$2.4710.6%
Shampoo $1.13$1.0210.6%
Movie $10.60$9.877.4%
Bowling $6.67$4.3951.9%


ItemWinston-SalemNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.86$4.488.6%
Fried Chicken $1.44$1.461.6%
Milk $2.67$2.3613.3%
Potatoes $3.36$3.069.8%
Pizza $8.51$9.247.9%
Beer $8.56$8.630.8%

Health Care

ItemWinston-SalemNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $111.80$99.7812.0%
Doctor $120.00$105.0314.2%
Dentist $85.00$88.704.2%
Ibuprofen $9.62$9.412.2%
Lipitor $326.54$298.509.4%


ItemWinston-SalemNational avg.Difference
Home Price $139,700.00$175,700.0020.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $720.62$1,081.0333.3%
Apartment Rent $722.00$920.0021.5%


ItemWinston-SalemNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.22$2.096.0%
Tire Balancing $43.68$45.293.5%


ItemWinston-SalemNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$175.54$170.802.8%
Phone $30.01$28.266.2%
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.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
East Bend, NC51194-6%
Germanton, NC87294-6%
Walnut Cove, NC1,59995-5%
Rural Hall, NC3,01497-3%
Walkertown, NC4,79098-2%
Winston-Salem, NC234,46999-1%

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Winston-Salem, NC234,46999-1%
Source: The Winston-Salem, NC cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.