Overall 3%
Goods & Services 5%
Housing 18%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2020 and was released from C2ER in January, 2021; 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.
IndexMonroeNorth CarolinaNational
Cost of living9795100
Goods & Services105100100
Health care104108100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Monroe is 1% higher than the North Carolina average
  • The cost of living in Monroe is 3% lower than the national average
  • Monroe housing is 18% lower 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)
      The affordability of the housing market in Monroe, NC as well as the overall cost of living can be predicted by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should be spent on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Monroe homeowners, the median income is $57,657. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,345 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $34,161. This indicates that renters would have a maximum of $797 for their rent related monthly costs.

      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

      ItemMonroeNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $16.90$18.629.2%
      Beauty Salon $39.10$39.050.1%
      Toothpaste $2.27$2.343.3%
      Shampoo $1.00$1.065.8%
      Movie $10.00$10.686.4%
      Bowling $22.35$14.6752.4%


      ItemMonroeNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.88$4.228.0%
      Fried Chicken $1.46$1.395.5%
      Milk $1.69$2.0517.3%
      Potatoes $3.65$3.2910.9%
      Pizza $9.09$10.6214.4%
      Beer $10.42$9.3811.1%

      Health Care

      ItemMonroeNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $119.06$108.579.7%
      Doctor $121.12$116.174.3%
      Dentist $112.88$99.1313.9%
      Ibuprofen $9.33$9.683.6%
      Lipitor $395.99$466.9215.2%


      ItemMonroeNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $146,700.00$184,700.0020.6%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $882.76$1,197.4226.3%
      Apartment Rent $838.00$949.0011.7%


      ItemMonroeNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.35$2.225.6%
      Tire Balancing $45.59$50.078.9%


      ItemMonroeNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$158.05$167.675.7%
      Phone $179.94$175.642.5%
      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.
      Marshville, NC2,59891-9%
      Wingate, NC3,79894-6%
      Hemby Bridge, NC1,26496-4%
      JAARS, NC50897-3%
      Unionville, NC6,3971011%
      Monroe, NC34,21297-3%

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      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Vestavia Hills, AL34,24311818%
      Wentzville, MO34,17698-2%
      Evans, GA34,2701055%
      Cottonwood Heights, UT34,27411919%
      Oildale, CA34,2771044%
      Monroe, NC34,21297-3%
      Source: The Monroe, NC cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2020.