Woodfin 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.
IndexWoodfinNorth CarolinaNational
Cost of living index9495100
IndexWoodfinNorth CarolinaNational
Goods & Services index100100100
Groceries index9799100
Health care index98105100
Housing index8587100
Transportation index9594100
Utilities index9197100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Woodfin, NC is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Woodfin, NC enjoy a cost of living index of 94. This index is 2% lower than the North Carolina average, and 6% lower than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Woodfin, NC, the average cost of goods and services is equal to it is in North Carolina, and it is equal to the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Woodfin is 2% lower than the North Carolina average.
  • The cost of living in Woodfin is 6% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Woodfin is 15% 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 Woodfin, 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 Woodfin, NC, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Woodfin, 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)
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Woodfin, NC, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Woodfin, NC homeowners have a median income of $47,453. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,107 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $27,438, which means there is a maximum of $640 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

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 Woodfin, 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

ItemWoodfinNational 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%


ItemWoodfinNational 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

ItemWoodfinNational 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%


ItemWoodfinNational avg.Difference
Home Price $146,000.00$175,700.0016.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,062.90$1,133.236.2%
Apartment Rent $837.00$920.009.0%


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


ItemWoodfinNational 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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Swannanoa, NC4,44490-10%
Canton, NC4,16090-10%
Gerton, NC26895-5%
Marshall, NC89795-5%
Black Mountain, NC7,97796-4%
Woodfin, NC6,16794-6%

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Woodfin, NC6,16794-6%
Source: The Woodfin, NC cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.