South Central cost of living index

Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2019 and was released from C2ER in January, 2020; this is the most current data available.
The 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. The breakdown for each index is as follows: goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used.
IndexSouth CentralRaleighNorth Carolina
Cost of living9010295
IndexSouth CentralRaleighNorth Carolina
Goods & Services101101101
Groceries949498
Health care105105108
Housing7211385
Transportation828294
Utilities999998

Key findings

  • The cost of living in South Central is 6% lower than the Raleigh average
  • The cost of living in South Central is 10% lower than the national average
  • South Central housing is 28% lower than the national average
  • North Carolina general sales tax is 7% lower than the national average
  • North Carolina state income tax is 136% 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)
      Household$25,637$2,136$598$769

      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

      ItemRaleighNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $16.20$17.497.4%
      Beauty Salon $49.00$38.1728.4%
      Toothpaste $2.08$2.3210.4%
      Shampoo $0.89$1.0112.0%
      Movie $10.64$10.720.8%
      Bowling $16.60$13.8619.8%

      Groceries

      ItemRaleighNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.22$3.908.2%
      Fried Chicken $1.03$1.4026.2%
      Milk $1.52$1.9622.5%
      Potatoes $3.69$3.1815.9%
      Pizza $9.71$10.396.6%
      Beer $9.49$9.232.8%

      Health Care

      ItemRaleighNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $99.99$106.346.0%
      Doctor $143.17$115.2524.2%
      Dentist $99.00$98.380.6%
      Ibuprofen $9.23$9.260.3%
      Lipitor $444.00$466.474.8%

      Housing

      ItemRaleighNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $218,200.00$184,700.0018.1%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,032.61$1,273.3218.9%
      Apartment Rent $966.00$949.001.8%

      Transportation

      ItemRaleighNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.60$2.590.2%
      Tire Balancing $25.99$48.9046.8%

      Utilities

      ItemRaleighNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$167.45$167.600.1%
      Phone $177.09$163.428.4%
      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.
      Wilson's Mills, NC2,43389-11%
      Wendell, NC6,29891-9%
      Archer Lodge, NC4,61492-8%
      Garner, NC27,62596-4%
      Clayton, NC18,55396-4%
      Raleigh, NC441,3261022%

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Omaha, NE443,07290-10%
      Colorado Springs, CO448,7591055%
      Virginia Beach, VA449,73311010%
      Miami, FL432,6221099%
      Atlanta, GA456,3781088%
      Raleigh, NC441,3261022%
      Source: The South Central, Raleigh, NC cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.