Westport 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.
IndexWestportNorth CarolinaNational
Cost of living index13194100
IndexWestportNorth CarolinaNational
Goods & Services index10198100
Groceries index9698100
Health care index105107100
Housing index20585100
Transportation index9698100
Utilities index10096100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Westport, NC is displayed above. In Westport, NC, the overall cost of living index is 131, which is 39% higher than the North Carolina average and 31% higher than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Westport, NC, the city's goods and services are 3% higher than the North Carolina average and 1% higher than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Westport is 39% higher than the North Carolina average.
  • The cost of living in Westport is 31% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Westport is 105% higher 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)
Owners$103,385$8,615$2,412$3,102
Renters$100,060$8,338$2,335$3,002
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Westport, 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 Westport, NC, the median monthly income is $103,385 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $2,412 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $100,060, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $2,335 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 Westport, 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

ItemWestportNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.75$16.0910.3%
Beauty Salon $33.80$37.339.5%
Toothpaste $3.18$2.4529.8%
Shampoo $1.17$1.0017.3%
Movie $10.91$10.286.2%
Bowling $5.78$4.9317.1%

Groceries

ItemWestportNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.79$3.800.4%
Fried Chicken $1.17$1.4016.2%
Milk $1.87$2.016.7%
Potatoes $2.97$3.011.5%
Pizza $8.52$9.8913.8%
Beer $8.92$8.900.3%

Health Care

ItemWestportNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $113.53$102.1611.1%
Doctor $102.91$108.365.0%
Dentist $113.63$92.5322.8%
Ibuprofen $7.03$9.2824.3%
Lipitor $418.61$425.821.7%

Housing

ItemWestportNational avg.Difference
Home Price $437,000.00$184,700.00136.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $971.92$1,202.4419.2%
Apartment Rent $1,230.00$949.0029.6%

Transportation

ItemWestportNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.14$2.244.8%
Tire Balancing $45.78$46.291.1%

Utilities

ItemWestportNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$154.11$165.967.1%
Phone $31.00$28.688.1%
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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Spencer Mountain, NC01000%
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Catawba, NC60088-12%
Newton, NC12,99989-11%
Ranlo, NC3,53589-11%
Westport, NC3,92313131%

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Westport, NC3,92313131%
Source: The Westport, NC cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.