Pleasant Garden 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.
IndexPleasant GardenNorth CarolinaNational
Cost of living index9094100
IndexPleasant GardenNorth CarolinaNational
Goods & Services index9598100
Groceries index9498100
Health care index106107100
Housing index8185100
Transportation index9798100
Utilities index8496100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Pleasant Garden, NC cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Pleasant Garden, NC is 90, which is 4% lower than the North Carolina average and 10% lower than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Pleasant Garden, NC are 3% lower than the North Carolina average and 5% lower than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Pleasant Garden is 4% lower than the North Carolina average.
  • The cost of living in Pleasant Garden is 10% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Pleasant Garden is 19% 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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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Pleasant Garden, NC, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Pleasant Garden, NC, the median monthly income is $57,773 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,348 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $56,422, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $1,316 on monthly rental expenses.

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%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Pleasant Garden, NC is the North Carolina sales tax and North Carolina income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The North Carolina sales tax rate is 4.75% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 7.5%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The North Carolina income tax rates range from 5.75% to 5.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemPleasant GardenNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.32$16.0917.2%
Beauty Salon $40.57$37.338.7%
Toothpaste $2.09$2.4514.4%
Shampoo $1.03$1.003.4%
Movie $9.35$10.289.1%
Bowling $4.48$4.939.2%


ItemPleasant GardenNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.97$3.804.5%
Fried Chicken $1.31$1.406.3%
Milk $1.93$2.013.8%
Potatoes $2.48$3.0117.5%
Pizza $8.30$9.8916.0%
Beer $8.55$8.903.9%

Health Care

ItemPleasant GardenNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $114.34$102.1611.9%
Doctor $134.48$108.3624.1%
Dentist $87.14$92.535.8%
Ibuprofen $9.07$9.282.2%
Lipitor $437.66$425.822.8%


ItemPleasant GardenNational avg.Difference
Home Price $144,900.00$184,700.0021.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $857.42$1,202.4428.7%
Apartment Rent $827.00$949.0012.9%


ItemPleasant GardenNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.12$2.245.7%
Tire Balancing $47.88$46.293.4%


ItemPleasant GardenNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$151.94$165.968.4%
Phone $21.63$28.6824.6%
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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Franklinville, NC1,09081-19%
Ramseur, NC1,90683-17%
Staley, NC30284-16%
Randleman, NC4,14083-17%
Liberty, NC2,68585-15%
Pleasant Garden, NC4,68490-10%

Cities with similar population

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Imperial, MO4,68493-7%
Higginsville, MO4,68584-16%
Canastota, NY4,68588-12%
Mattituck, NY4,68616969%
Oak Hill, TN4,68614646%
Pleasant Garden, NC4,68490-10%
Source: The Pleasant Garden, NC cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.