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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2022 and was released from C2ER in January, 2022; this is the most current data available.
The cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. For example, if the cost of living is 90, then it is 10% lower than average. If the cost of living is 110, then it is 10% higher than average. The breakdown for each index is as follows: goods & services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). If the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used.
IndexFuquay-VarinaNorth CarolinaNational
Cost of living10094100
Goods & Services9599100
Groceries8798100
Health care94110100
Housing11285100
Transportation9691100
Utilities9795100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Fuquay-Varina is 6% higher than the North Carolina average
  • The cost of living in Fuquay-Varina is equal to the national average
  • Fuquay-Varina housing is 12% higher than the national average
  • North Carolina general sales tax is 7% lower than the national average
  • North Carolina state income tax is 113% 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$82,304$6,859$1,920$2,469
      Renters$42,304$3,525$987$1,269
      To approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Fuquay-Varina, NC, we can look at the percentage of income that is available to be spent on monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side, a consumer should not spend more than 28% of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36% of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Fuquay-Varina have a median income of $82,304. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,920 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $42,304, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $987.

      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 Carolina5.25%5.25%

      Goods & Services

      ItemFuquay-VarinaNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $22.17$20.279.4%
      Beauty Salon $48.10$40.3919.1%
      Toothpaste $1.78$2.3624.4%
      Shampoo $0.99$1.088.0%
      Movie $10.30$10.996.3%
      Bowling $16.95$15.499.4%

      Groceries

      ItemFuquay-VarinaNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.69$4.3014.2%
      Fried Chicken $1.05$1.4025.2%
      Milk $1.74$2.2021.2%
      Potatoes $3.57$3.2210.8%
      Pizza $10.67$10.740.6%
      Beer $10.49$9.609.3%

      Health Care

      ItemFuquay-VarinaNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $99.25$109.739.5%
      Doctor $116.11$118.341.9%
      Dentist $90.70$100.9410.1%
      Ibuprofen $9.28$9.936.5%
      Lipitor $472.19$469.530.6%

      Housing

      ItemFuquay-VarinaNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $208,100.00$184,700.0012.7%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,009.98$1,229.6217.9%
      Apartment Rent $1,050.00$949.0010.6%

      Transportation

      ItemFuquay-VarinaNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.60$2.714.1%
      Tire Balancing $50.32$51.863.0%

      Utilities

      ItemFuquay-VarinaNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$164.85$170.843.5%
      Phone $183.30$187.182.1%
      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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      Angier, NC5,079909.8%
      Fuquay-Varina, NC22,7221000.5%

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      Source: This data reflects 2021 and was released from C2ER in January, 2022; this is the most current data available.