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Places With The Lowest Cost Of Living In North Carolina 2020

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  • Roxboro, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,329
57
  • 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…[read more]
55
  • 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…[read more]
63
  • 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…[read more]
66
  • Ayden, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,167
66
  • Marion, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,873
66
  • 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.…[read more]
73
  • 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…[read more]
60
  • 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…[read more]
50
  • Selma, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,325
57
  • Forest City, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,356
70
  • 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…[read more]
43
  • Kinston, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,393
  • Life in Kinston, NC is hopeless. There arebno outdoor activities unless you consider the 10 minutes it takes to cover the town park; and NO!, you can’t enjoy that little park at night. Do you enjoy…[read more]
50
  • Siler City, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,269
58
  • 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…[read more]
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…[read more]
64
  • Clinton, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,799
58
  • Dunn, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,762
68
  • Nashville, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,521
69
  • Hamlet, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,500
61
  • Long View, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,071
49
  • Oxford, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,707
65
  • 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…[read more]
64
  • Butner, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,692
60
  • Sawmills, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,119
69
  • Trinity, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,651
76
  • 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…[read more]
60
  • Rockingham, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,289
56
  • 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…[read more]
56
  • 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…[read more]
62
  • 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…[read more]
61
  • Goldsboro, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 35,924
  • It's a relaxing city of jazz with the charm of Southern comfort--and I don't mean the drink, but that's perfectly fine for a night of Bebop in Goldsboro. Goldsboro, NC is a growling little town that has…[read more]
66
  • Smithfield, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,746
  • We moved to Smithfield when I was a kid. It is a rural town in the sand hills of North Carolina about 30 minutes outside of our capital, Raleigh. The cost of living is reasonable, but not very many high…[read more]
60
  • 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…[read more]
66
  • St. Stephens, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,483
62
  • 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…[read more]
55
  • Bessemer City, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,462
62
  • 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. …[read more]
53
  • Whiteville, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,535
43
  • Wadesboro, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,577
  • Wadesboro is a former textile town straddling highway 74 in Anson County. While it had a certain charm back in the 1960s, as the textile mills began to close down, the residents ( 70% black) were left…[read more]
61
  • Wilson, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 49,558
  • My ROOTS come from NC period!.. but Wilson?..is the sweetest thing (place LoL)this side of heaven.. especially since my family is there! And their friends and family have become like..water to a dying…[read more]
63
  • Hope Mills, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,189
  • Living in Hope Mills, North Carolina is absolutely great for my family and I. This town is so close to a million things to do. Only an hour away from the state capital and two hours away from the beach.…[read more]
67
  • 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…[read more]
70
  • 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…[read more]
71
  • Cherryville, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,901
65
  • 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…[read more]
67
  • Mount Airy, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,364
  • Mount Airy is a small country town in North Carolina. I've lived here for 20 years, which is my entire life. The people are so nice, and the atmosphere in the town is relaxing. The hustle and bustle of…[read more]
65
  • 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…[read more]
67
  • 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…[read more]
61
  • Fayetteville, NC
  • (City)
  • Population: 203,670
  • Pawnshops, strip clubs, gangs, violence, pan-handlers, bad drivers, boarded up homes, dilapidated trailer parks and ghettos located right next to nicer neighborhoods, newly installed medians everywhere…[read more]

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.