Chapel Hill, NC Cost Of Living

Demographics | Cost Of Living
Updated: 2022-04-08
Chapel Hill's Overall Cost Of Living
Higher Than The National Average
146 out of 153
In North Carolina
4,687 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 Chapel Hill is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in Chapel Hill, NC?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Chapel Hill has an overall cost of living index of 118 which is 1.2x higher than the national index of 100.

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

The standard of living in Chapel Hill ranks as #4,689 most affordable out of the 6,418 places we measured in North Carolina. By definition, that implies Chapel Hill ranks as the #1,729 most expensive place in the Tar Heel State.

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Chapel Hill Cost Of Living Vs. North Carolina

Living Expense Chapel Hill North Carolina National Average
Overall 118 95 100
Services 92 102 100
Groceries 95 100 100
Health 96 108 100
Housing 182 87 100
Transportation 95 96 100
Utilities 93 98 100
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Chapel Hill Cost of Living Vs. NC

Chapel Hill, 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.

Median Home Value
Median Rent
Median Income
Statistic Chapel Hill North Carolina United States
Median Home Value $435,500 $182,100 $229,800
Median Rent $1,221 $932 $1,096
Median Income $75,249 $56,642 $64,994
Home Value To Income 5.8x 3.2x 3.5x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.19x 0.2x 0.2x

Detailed Chapel Hill Services Costs Vs. North Carolina

Item Chapel Hill North Carolina
Shampoo $0.9 $1.06
Movie $13.04 $10.68
Bowling $4.66 $14.67

Detailed Chapel Hill Groceries Costs Vs. North Carolina

Item Chapel Hill North Carolina
Ground Beef $3.41 $4.22
Fried Chicken $1.22 $1.39
Milk $2.42 $2.05

Detailed Chapel Hill Health Costs Vs. North Carolina

Item Chapel Hill North Carolina
Haircut $12.5 $18.62
Beauty Salon $33.5 $39.05
Toothpaste $1.75 $2.34

Detailed Chapel Hill Transportation Costs Vs. North Carolina

Item Chapel Hill North Carolina
Potatoes $2.95 $3.29
Pizza $8.49 $10.62
Beer $8.77 $9.38
Optometrist $104.06 $108.57
Doctor $80.0 $116.17
Dentist $105.0 $99.13

Detailed Chapel Hill Utilities Costs Vs. North Carolina

Item Chapel Hill North Carolina
Gasoline $2.24 $2.22
Tire Balancing $38.33 $50.07
All Electricity $144.16 $167.67
Phone $27.99 $175.64

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Cost Of Living In Cities Around Chapel Hill

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. Chapel Hill
Durham, NC 276,341 94 0.8x
Cary, NC 169,177 114 1.0x
Apex, NC 55,220 112 0.9x
Morrisville, NC 27,582 107 0.9x
Carrboro, NC 21,254 111 0.9x
Mebane, NC 15,564 95 0.8x
Hillsborough, NC 7,162 95 0.8x

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