These Are The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In North Carolina For 2018


We used data and science to determine which places in North Carolina go easy on your wallet.

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A wise sage once said:

“She works hard for the money…”

And these places in North Carolina definitely treat her right.

You see, these are the places in North Carolina where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the Tar Heel State, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.

So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 133 largest places in North Carolina, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.

Here are the 10 cheapest places to live in North Carolina for 2018:

  1. Eden (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Siler City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Graham (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Burlington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Greensboro (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Gibsonville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Selma (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Mebane (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Tarboro (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Henderson (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So listen up Carolina Beach (the most expensive place in North Carolina) as we explain how we created this ranking. You could learn some things from the rest of the state.

And if you already knew these places were cheap, check out the best places to live in North Carolina or the most expensive.

How We Determined The Cheapest Places To Live In The Tar Heel State For 2018

There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in North Carolina to figure out which is the least expensive.

What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 133 places in North Carolina that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 90 means it’s 10% less expensive.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

1. Eden

Eden, North Carolina

Population: 15,488
Services: 96
Groceries: 96
Health Care: 88
Housing: 52
Transportation: 90
Utilities: 80
More on Eden: Homes For Sale | Data
Eden is a city in Rockingham County, North Carolina in the Piedmont area of the U.S. state of North Carolina. The population was 15,527 at the 2010 census. From the late nineteenth century through much of the 20th, the city was a center of textile mills and manufacturing. The city was incorporated in 1967 through the consolidation of three separate towns: Leaksville, Spray, and Draper. The phone Area code is area code 336.

2. Siler City

Siler City, North Carolina

Population: 7,967
Services: 94
Groceries: 100
Health Care: 99
Housing: 61
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 95
More on Siler City: Homes For Sale | Data
Siler City is a town in Chatham County, North Carolina, United States. As of the 2010 census, the town’s population was 7,887. The population was estimated to be 8,169 in 2013.

3. Graham

Graham, North Carolina

Population: 14,152
Services: 94
Groceries: 100
Health Care: 99
Housing: 70
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 95
More on Graham: Homes For Sale | Data
Graham is a city in Alamance County, North Carolina, United States. It is part of the Burlington, North Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census the population was 14,153. It is the county seat of Alamance County.

4. Burlington

Burlington, North Carolina

Population: 50,355
Services: 94
Groceries: 100
Health Care: 99
Housing: 74
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 95
More on Burlington: Homes For Sale | Data
Burlington is a city in Alamance County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. It is the principal city of the Burlington, North Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses all of Alamance County, in which most of the city is located, and is a part of the Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point CSA. The population was 50,042 at the 2010 census, which makes Burlington the 17th largest city in North Carolina. The Metropolitan Statistical Area population was over 150,000 in 2010.

5. Greensboro

Greensboro, North Carolina

Source: Public domain

Population: 270,619
Services: 94
Groceries: 100
Health Care: 99
Housing: 81
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 95
More on Greensboro: Homes For Sale | Data
Greensboro ; formerly Greensborough) is a city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. It is the 3rd-most populous city in North Carolina, the 68th-most populous city in the United States, and the county seat and largest city in Guilford County and the surrounding Piedmont Triad metropolitan region. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 269,666, and in 2015 the estimated population was 285,342. Three major interstate highways in the Piedmont region of central North Carolina were built to intersect at this city.

6. Gibsonville

Gibsonville, North Carolina

Source: Public domain

Population: 6,377
Services: 94
Groceries: 100
Health Care: 99
Housing: 84
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 95
More on Gibsonville: Homes For Sale | Data
Gibsonville is a city in both Alamance County and Guilford County, U.S. state of North Carolina. Most of Gibsonville is situated in the Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point Combined Statistical Area while the eastern portion is in the Greensboro-High Point, North Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area, encompassing all of Alamance County. According to 2010 Census, population of Gibsonville was 6,410.

7. Selma

Selma, North Carolina

Population: 6,125
Services: 100
Groceries: 100
Health Care: 99
Housing: 56
Transportation: 99
Utilities: 98
More on Selma: Homes For Sale | Data
Selma is a town in Johnston County, North Carolina, United States. In 2010, the population was 6,073. Selma is part of the Raleigh-Durham-Cary Combined Statistical Area, and the Raleigh-Cary Metropolitan Statistical Area. The area has a population over 1.7 million residents, though the town of Selma is able to maintain its rural character. The Everitt P. Stevens House, located in Selma, was the site of the last Grand Review of the Confederate Army held on April 6, 1865, after its defeat at the Battle of Bentonville.

8. Mebane

Mebane, North Carolina

Population: 11,502
Services: 94
Groceries: 100
Health Care: 99
Housing: 89
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 95
More on Mebane: Homes For Sale | Data
Mebane is a city located mostly in Alamance County, North Carolina, United States, and partly in Orange County, North Carolina. The town was named for Alexander Mebane, an American Revolutionary War general and member of the U.S. Congress. It was incorporated as “Mebanesville” in 1881, and in 1883 the name was changed to “Mebane”. It was incorporated as a city in 1987. The population as of the 2010 census was 11,393. Mebane is one of the fastest growing municipalities in North Carolina.

9. Tarboro

Tarboro, North Carolina

Population: 11,401
Services: 100
Groceries: 100
Health Care: 99
Housing: 59
Transportation: 99
Utilities: 98
More on Tarboro: Homes For Sale | Data
Tarboro is a town located in Edgecombe County, North Carolina, United States. It is part of the Rocky Mount Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the town had a population of 11,415. It is the county seat of Edgecombe County. Tarboro is located near the western edge of North Carolina’s coastal plain. It has many historical churches, some dating from the early 19th century.

10. Henderson

Henderson, North Carolina

Population: 15,389
Services: 97
Groceries: 96
Health Care: 101
Housing: 66
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 88
More on Henderson: Homes For Sale | Data
Henderson, a city with a population of 15,368 at the 2010 census, is the county seat of Vance County, North Carolina, United States.

There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Cheapskate

If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in North Carolina, this is an accurate list of the cheapest places to call home.

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In North Carolina

City Rank Population Services Groceries Health Care
Eden 1 15,488 96 96 88
Siler City 2 7,967 94 100 99
Graham 3 14,152 94 100 99
Burlington 4 50,355 94 100 99
Greensboro 5 270,619 94 100 99
Gibsonville 6 6,377 94 100 99
Selma 7 6,125 100 100 99
Mebane 8 11,502 94 100 99
Tarboro 9 11,401 100 100 99
Henderson 10 15,389 97 96 101
Kinston 11 21,746 100 100 99
Thomasville 12 26,760 91 102 111
Lexington 13 19,038 91 102 111
Dunn 14 9,310 100 100 99
Clinton 15 8,640 100 100 99
Roanoke Rapids 16 15,783 100 100 99
Rocky Mount 17 57,523 100 100 99
Asheboro 18 25,109 91 102 111
Goldsboro 19 36,738 100 100 99
Butner 20 7,566 97 96 101
Spring Lake 21 12,465 100 100 99
Trinity 22 6,639 91 102 111
Oxford 23 8,518 97 96 101
Salisbury 24 33,548 91 102 111
Smithfield 25 11,118 100 100 99
Elon 26 9,354 94 100 99
Hope Mills 27 15,139 100 100 99
Nashville 28 5,319 100 100 99
Sanford 29 28,081 100 100 99
Archdale 30 11,205 91 102 111
Fayetteville 31 200,439 100 100 99
Wilson 32 49,086 100 100 99
Wendell 33 5,892 100 100 99
Greenville 34 84,445 100 100 99
High Point 35 104,394 91 102 111
Ahoskie 36 5,074 104 91 109
Hamlet 37 6,554 97 100 101
Roxboro 38 8,400 112 102 93
Durham 39 229,963 97 96 101
Aberdeen 40 6,311 100 100 99
Clayton 41 16,078 100 100 99
Rockingham 42 9,524 97 100 101
Hillsborough 43 6,114 97 96 101
Sawmills 44 5,200 97 100 101
Wadesboro 45 5,795 97 100 101
Garner 46 25,784 100 100 99
Winterville 47 9,117 100 100 99
Knightdale 48 11,567 100 100 99
Reidsville 49 14,463 112 102 93
Bessemer City 50 5,372 97 100 101
Fuquay-Varina 51 18,143 100 100 99
Kings Mountain 52 10,835 97 100 101
Shelby 53 20,331 97 100 101
Newton 54 12,991 97 100 101
Raleigh 55 405,007 100 100 99
Cherryville 56 5,765 97 100 101
Albemarle 57 15,913 97 100 101
Laurinburg 58 15,965 98 104 97
Southern Pines 59 12,439 100 100 99
Lumberton 60 21,595 98 104 97
Wake Forest 61 29,889 100 100 99
Holly Springs 62 24,663 100 100 99
Lincolnton 63 10,536 97 100 101
Marion 64 7,997 99 102 100
Carrboro 65 19,702 97 96 101
Chapel Hill 66 57,088 97 96 101
Apex 67 37,589 100 100 99
Conover 68 8,118 97 100 101
Forest City 69 7,480 99 102 100
Morrisville 70 18,566 100 100 99
Cary 71 136,627 100 100 99
Pinehurst 72 14,000 91 102 111
Lenoir 73 18,171 99 102 100
Kannapolis 74 42,845 97 100 101
Statesville 75 24,803 97 100 101
Gastonia 76 71,865 97 100 101
Hickory 77 40,075 97 100 101
Mount Holly 78 13,506 97 100 101
Monroe 79 33,101 97 100 101
Pineville 80 7,562 97 100 101
Belmont 81 10,156 97 100 101
Morganton 82 16,932 99 102 100
Concord 83 79,171 97 100 101
Charlotte 84 740,931 97 100 101
Mooresville 85 32,462 97 100 101
Indian Trail 86 33,246 97 100 101
Woodfin 87 6,044 99 102 100
Unionville 88 6,020 97 100 101
Mint Hill 89 22,890 97 100 101
Mount Airy 90 10,449 114 98 105
Stallings 91 13,638 97 100 101
Harrisburg 92 11,360 97 100 101
Matthews 93 27,516 97 100 101
Waynesville 94 9,864 99 102 100
Hendersonville 95 13,122 99 102 100
Waxhaw 96 9,743 97 100 101
Huntersville 97 46,656 97 100 101
Cornelius 98 24,818 97 100 101
Brevard 99 7,566 99 102 100
Mocksville 100 5,034 114 98 105
Black Mountain 101 7,885 99 102 100
Fletcher 102 7,089 99 102 100
Wesley Chapel 103 7,462 97 100 101
King 104 6,659 114 98 105
King 105 6,659 114 98 105
Weddington 106 9,577 97 100 101
Davidson 107 10,903 97 100 101
Marvin 108 5,484 97 100 101
Winston-Salem 109 230,030 114 98 105
Asheville 110 83,796 99 102 100
Mills River 111 6,806 99 102 100
Kernersville 112 23,062 114 98 105
Boone 113 17,261 99 102 100
Lewisville 114 12,785 114 98 105
Stokesdale 115 5,002 114 98 105
Clemmons 116 18,680 114 98 105
Williamston 117 5,484 117 104 107
Oak Ridge 118 6,202 114 98 105
Summerfield 119 10,160 114 98 105
Whiteville 120 5,347 98 101 111
Edenton 121 5,037 117 104 107
Washington 122 9,731 117 104 107
Elizabeth City 123 18,645 117 104 107
New Bern 124 29,420 98 101 111
Havelock 125 20,670 98 101 111
Jacksonville 126 69,393 98 101 111
Morehead City 127 8,720 98 101 111
Boiling Spring Lakes 128 5,329 98 101 111
Leland 129 13,732 98 101 111
Wilmington 130 107,116 98 101 111
Oak Island 131 6,899 98 101 111
Kill Devil Hills 132 6,714 117 104 107
Carolina Beach 133 5,755 98 101 111

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