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Places With The Lowest Cost Of Living In North Carolina 2018

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score60
  • Eden, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,434
  • I have lived here in Eden, North Carolina my entire life. Living in Eden, North Carolina has given me a good life, but unfortunately our city does not seem to be thriving anymore. The crime rate here is
60
  • Roxboro, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,329
53
  • Henderson, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,258
  • I've lived in Henderson for about five years. The small town features houses that are spread out instead of large apartment complexes. Sidewalks in front of the houses are well-kept, making it easy to
64
  • Lexington, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,089
  • I moved from High Point, N.C. to Lexington about 15 years ago for the low cost of living and an easy commute to my job. This little town is known locally for its eastern North Carolina Bar-B-Que and
63
  • Asheboro, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,978
  • After living in Asheboro for five years now, I have realized that it's one of the quietest towns I have lived in and don't plan to move anytime soon. There aren't many large neighborhoods in the city.
71
  • Thomasville, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,178
  • Living in Thomasville, NC is like enjoying the quiet comfort of a Southern town with the rolling hills of Ireland. Well, they're not as steep or boundless as the land of Tír na nÓg, but it's an amazing
57
  • Siler City, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,269
65
  • Albemarle, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,968
  • Albemarle is a very diverse town with a lot of restaurants, parks and things to do. There are a lot of activities for young kids, but I have not seen many for teenagers besides school activities. We are
65
  • Marion, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,873
58
  • Reidsville, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,107
  • I have lived in the Reidsville area all my life and have family here. This is a small rural town that is located between Greensboro, N.C. and Danville, V.A. Cost of living is low and the housing cost is
57
  • Forest City, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,356
58
  • Salisbury, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 33,674
  • The town is filled with friendly and helpful warm people it's like stepping back in time. Food is wonderful and downtown storefronts are full. Yes we could use some more trendy places and we need to stay
63
  • Lenoir, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,956
  • I've lived in Lenoir for about two years now. There isn't a whole lot to do in the small town, but I enjoy the atmosphere and the people. If you're looking for a town to move to with a lot of jobs, then
58
  • Hamlet, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,500
58
  • Long View, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,071
64
  • Sanford, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 29,048
  • Sanford is well placed for all of what North Carolina and The South has to offer. We are two hours from the beach or the mountains, take your pick. While at home we have plenty of shopping and
63
  • Trinity, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,651
72
  • Archdale, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,483
  • I moved to Archdale about 10 years ago when I was transferred to High Point, N.C. to work in the Furniture Market. Archdale is an easy commute and the cost of living is lower than High Point. There is
63
  • Sawmills, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,119
68
  • Mocksville, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,140
59
  • Rockingham, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,289
53
  • Laurinburg, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,601
  • I've lived in Laurinburg, NC for five years now. It's a small town with neighborhoods that are close together instead of spread apart. There really aren't a lot of businesses or shopping centers because
66
  • Statesville, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,731
  • I have lived in Statesville, N.C. all of my life and enjoy the rural surroundings. The town has declined some since I was young. Employment is low and crime has risen as jobs have become harder to find.
62
  • Graham, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,506
  • Graham is a small town that is part of Burlington, NC. Even though it's smaller, there are quite a few things to do in the area, and Burlington is a short distance away, which means that I can easily
55
  • Ayden, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,167
63
  • Burlington, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 52,570
  • A few years back, my family decided to move to Burlington, NC. My wife and I took this decision, because we wanted our daughter to join the Blue Ribbon private school in this city. What caught our
52
  • Oxford, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,707
65
  • Bessemer City, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,462
67
  • Butner, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,692
48
  • Wadesboro, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,577
53
  • Selma, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,325
59
  • Tarboro, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,206
  • As a Tarboro, NC resident, I wouldn’t give anything to relocate to another city. The city offers the existing and new residents many locally accessible amenities. I love Tarboro because of the sunny
55
  • Lumberton, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,646
  • As a child, going to Lumberton was a huge surprise. I didn't expect much; I grew up in Marion, South Carolina and heard things about the city before, but I didn't at all think that the "lumber" part was
72
  • Kings Mountain, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,053
  • Kings Mountain, North Carolina is a small southern city in Cleveland County. This city is connected to two interstate highways with service to York and Bessemer. There is easy accessible bus and airline
66
  • Cherryville, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,901
67
  • St. Stephens, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,483
64
  • Whiteville, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,535
50
  • Kinston, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,393
  • Kinston has a variety of activities that everyone in the family can take advantage of. Whether you want to visit a quality restaurant or participate in a nature-centered activity, there's something in
70
  • Newton, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,999
  • Newton has a great downtown area, lined with nice restaurants and shops along Northwest Blvd and Main Ave. Whether you're looking for a nice tavern, great steak, Chinese food, Southern cuisine, or want
59
  • Shelby, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,259
  • Will you be traveling to Shelby soon? Do you live in the area and want to find fun activities for your loved ones to participate in when they visit? Here are some of the best attractions in the city.
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  • Morganton, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,717
  • The courthouse and movie theater grab at your heart for that small town feel, however, after many, many visits and looking for housing, it was clear that there is a severe lack decent housing and you
57
  • Rocky Mount, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 56,175
  • Rocky Mount, North Carolina, is the quintessential small American town combined with modern aspirational culture. As a lifelong resident of Rocky Mount, I am continually surprised by the seamless way
58
  • Clinton, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,799
69
  • Lincolnton, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,593
  • I've lived in Lincolnton for about 10 years. The town combines country living and some of the city life that some people might enjoy. There aren't many large businesses in the town, but there are enough
60
  • Dunn, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,762
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  • Gibsonville, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,759
69
  • Nashville, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,521
69
  • Greensboro, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 282,177
  • I loved living in Greensboro, and cannot believe this wonderful city ranked so low.? Compared to other places in the states, the crime rate is really low. No serial killers, rapist, murders, heavy drugs
57
  • Roanoke Rapids, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,454
  • The town was bad before Randy Parton came and put the nail in the coffin. This place is paradise if you a drug dealer. Town goes along with how bad the county
61
  • Spring Lake, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,258
  • Living in Spring Lake, North Carolina has been a positive experience. I have lived here for 6 years and have had no huge problems. I am a civilian contractor for the military and needed a place close to

Finding an affordable place to live in North Carolina is not always an easy task. While housing prices continue to rebound and general goods and services continue to rise, it feels like affordable living could be a thing of the past. Luckily, there are still some cities in North Carolina that qualify as affordable. Using science and data, AreaVibes has compiled a list of the most affordable places to live in North Carolina. These cities have the lowest cost of living in all of North Carolina.

Listed above are the most affordable places to live in North Carolina with a population of more than 5,000 people. To calculate the most affordable cities in North Carolina, the cost of living index for each city was calculated, then compared to the national average of 100. The cost of living index takes into account the following categories: goods and services, groceries, health care, housing, transportation and utilities.

To customize your list of affordable places to live in North Carolina, you can adjust the filters to meet your needs. This will allow you to select the city size (population) as well as what other categories (amenities, crime, education, employment, housing and weather) might be important to you. Finally, you are also able to select your home or rental price range to ensure that the cities on your list fit your budget.