Cary, NC Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2022-04-08
114
Cary's Overall Cost Of Living
1.1x
Higher Than The National Average
141 out of 153
In North Carolina
4,427 out of 6,412
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 114 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 #4,429 most affordable out of the 6,418 places we measured in North Carolina. By definition, that implies Cary ranks as the #1,990 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 114 95 100
Services 103 102 100
Groceries 89 100 100
Health 103 108 100
Housing 151 87 100
Transportation 94 96 100
Utilities 99 98 100
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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.

$376,600
Median Home Value
$1,312
Median Rent
$107,463
Median Income
Statistic Cary North Carolina United States
Median Home Value $376,600 $182,100 $229,800
Median Rent $1,312 $932 $1,096
Median Income $107,463 $56,642 $64,994
Home Value To Income 3.5x 3.2x 3.5x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.15x 0.2x 0.2x

Detailed Cary Services Costs Vs. North Carolina

Item Cary North Carolina
Shampoo $0.95 $1.06
Movie $10.04 $10.68
Bowling $17.13 $14.67

Detailed Cary Groceries Costs Vs. North Carolina

Item Cary North Carolina
Ground Beef $4.93 $4.22
Fried Chicken $0.97 $1.39
Milk $1.61 $2.05

Detailed Cary Health Costs Vs. North Carolina

Item Cary North Carolina
Haircut $18.07 $18.62
Beauty Salon $48.42 $39.05
Toothpaste $2.04 $2.34

Detailed Cary Transportation Costs Vs. North Carolina

Item Cary North Carolina
Potatoes $3.88 $3.29
Pizza $11.04 $10.62
Beer $9.99 $9.38
Optometrist $98.89 $108.57
Doctor $145.22 $116.17
Dentist $99.0 $99.13

Detailed Cary Utilities Costs Vs. North Carolina

Item Cary North Carolina
Gasoline $2.27 $2.22
Tire Balancing $37.07 $50.07
All Electricity $162.8 $167.67
Phone $179.92 $175.64

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 469,698 105 0.9x
Durham, NC 276,341 94 0.8x
Chapel Hill, NC 61,912 118 1.0x
Apex, NC 55,220 112 1.0x
Holly Springs, NC 36,595 111 1.0x
Garner, NC 30,345 99 0.9x
Fuquay-Varina, NC 29,110 105 0.9x
Morrisville, NC 27,582 107 0.9x
Carrboro, NC 21,254 111 1.0x
Knightdale, NC 16,798 99 0.9x

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