Cary, NC Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2021-02-06
113
Cary's Overall Cost Of Living
1.1x
Higher Than The National Average
137 out of 151
In North Carolina
4,358 out of 6,399
In America
The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in America. An index above 100 means Cary is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in Cary, NC?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Cary has an overall cost of living index of 113 which is 1.1x higher than the national index of 100.

Compared to only North Carolina, Cary has a cost of living index that's 1.2x higher than North Carolina's index of 95.

The standard of living in Cary ranks as #4,360 most affordable out of the 6,522 places we measured in North Carolina. By definition, that implies Cary ranks as the #2,046 most expensive place in the Tar Heel State.

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Cary Cost Of Living Vs. North Carolina

Living Expense Cary North Carolina National Average
Overall 113 95 100
Services 101 101 100
Groceries 94 98 100
Health 105 108 100
Housing 152 85 100
Transportation 82 94 100
Utilities 99 98 100
For more reading on cost of living around North Carolina, check out:
Cary Cost of Living Vs. NC

Cary, NC Housing Cost Breakdown

Housing swings affordability the most between places in North Carolina, so we broke down the statistics around housing costs into more detail. It's also important to consider median household incomes to make apples-to-apples comparisons across locations.

Home and income come data comes from the most recent US Census ACS 2014-2018.

$356,400
Median Home Value
$1,246
Median Rent
$104,669
Median Income
Statistic Cary North Carolina United States
Median Home Value $356,400 $172,500 $217,500
Median Rent $1,246 $907 $1,062
Median Income $104,669 $54,602 $62,843
Home Value To Income 3.4x 3.2x 3.5x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.14x 0.2x 0.2x

Detailed Cary Services Costs Vs. North Carolina

Item Cary North Carolina
Shampoo $0.89 $1.01
Movie $10.64 $10.72
Bowling $16.6 $13.86

Detailed Cary Groceries Costs Vs. North Carolina

Item Cary North Carolina
Ground Beef $4.22 $3.9
Fried Chicken $1.03 $1.4
Milk $1.52 $1.96

Detailed Cary Health Costs Vs. North Carolina

Item Cary North Carolina
Haircut $16.2 $17.49
Beauty Salon $49.0 $38.17
Toothpaste $2.08 $2.32

Detailed Cary Transportation Costs Vs. North Carolina

Item Cary North Carolina
Potatoes $3.69 $3.18
Pizza $9.71 $10.39
Beer $9.49 $9.23
Optometrist $99.99 $106.34
Doctor $143.17 $115.25
Dentist $99.0 $98.38

Detailed Cary Utilities Costs Vs. North Carolina

Item Cary North Carolina
Gasoline $2.6 $2.59
Tire Balancing $25.99 $48.9
All Electricity $167.45 $167.6
Phone $177.09 $163.42

Cary SnackAbility

9.5
/10
Overall SnackAbility
Jobs
9/10
Housing
9
Affordability
8
Diversity
9
Safety
8.5
Amenities
9
Education
9.5
Commute
8

Cost Of Living In Cities Around Cary

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. Cary
Raleigh, NC 464,485 102 0.9x
Durham, NC 269,702 95 0.8x
Chapel Hill, NC 60,998 119 1.1x
Apex, NC 51,370 111 1.0x
Holly Springs, NC 34,874 108 1.0x
Garner, NC 29,462 96 0.8x
Fuquay-Varina, NC 27,426 101 0.9x
Morrisville, NC 26,280 109 1.0x
Carrboro, NC 21,230 110 1.0x
Knightdale, NC 16,001 97 0.9x

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