These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In North Carolina


We used science and data to determine which cities in North Carolina that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and North Carolina does this very well. Families love the Tar Heel State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in North Carolina that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state. After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in North Carolina:

  1. Summerfield (Photos)
  2. Marvin (Photos)
  3. Kill Devil Hills (Photos)
  4. Oak Ridge (Photos)
  5. Davidson (Photos)
  6. Carolina Beach (Photos)
  7. Weddington (Photos)
  8. Oak Island (Photos)
  9. Wesley Chapel (Photos)
  10. Chapel Hill (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Eden is the most affordable city in North Carolina.

Read on to see why these places cost so much more than average. Or check out the most affordable places in North Carolina.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Cities In North Carolina

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 most expensive.

For reference, the United State averages a cost of living 100. A score below 100 means that the city has a below average cost of living while a score over 100 has a high cost of living for that category.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 131 places in North Carolina that have more than 5,000 people.

The city with the highest cost of living index, Summerfield, rank as being the most expensive.

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1. Summerfield

Summerfield, North Carolina

Source: Flickr

Population: 10,477
Services Index: 114
Groceries Index: 98
Housing Index: 181
Healthcare Index: 105
Transportation Index: 104
Utilities Index: 104

2. Marvin

Marvin, North Carolina

Source: Marvinnc.Org

Population: 5,806
Services Index: 97
Groceries Index: 100
Housing Index: 283
Healthcare Index: 101
Transportation Index: 100
Utilities Index: 110

3. Kill Devil Hills

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,810
Services Index: 117
Groceries Index: 104
Housing Index: 140
Healthcare Index: 107
Transportation Index: 99
Utilities Index: 115

4. Oak Ridge

Oak Ridge, North Carolina

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,435
Services Index: 114
Groceries Index: 98
Housing Index: 160
Healthcare Index: 105
Transportation Index: 104
Utilities Index: 104

5. Davidson

Davidson, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,492
Services Index: 97
Groceries Index: 100
Housing Index: 189
Healthcare Index: 101
Transportation Index: 100
Utilities Index: 110

6. Carolina Beach

Carolina Beach, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,888
Services Index: 98
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 141
Healthcare Index: 111
Transportation Index: 111
Utilities Index: 111

7. Weddington

Weddington, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,906
Services Index: 97
Groceries Index: 100
Housing Index: 176
Healthcare Index: 101
Transportation Index: 100
Utilities Index: 110

8. Oak Island

Oak Island, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,051
Services Index: 98
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 135
Healthcare Index: 111
Transportation Index: 111
Utilities Index: 111

9. Wesley Chapel

Wesley Chapel, North Carolina

Source: City-Data.Com

Population: 7,882
Services Index: 97
Groceries Index: 100
Housing Index: 157
Healthcare Index: 101
Transportation Index: 100
Utilities Index: 110

10. Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 58,379
Services Index: 97
Groceries Index: 96
Housing Index: 175
Healthcare Index: 101
Transportation Index: 111
Utilities Index: 88

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in North Carolina that have the highest cost of living, with Summerfield ranking as the most exensive city in the Tar Heel State.

If you’re curious, here are the most least expensive cities in North Carolina:

  1. Eden
  2. Hamlet
  3. Siler City

For more North Carolina reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In North Carolina

City Rank Population Services Groceries Healthcare Housing Transportation Utilities
Summerfield 1 10,477 114 98 105 181 104 104
Marvin 2 5,806 97 100 101 283 100 110
Kill Devil Hills 3 6,810 117 104 107 140 99 115
Oak Ridge 4 6,435 114 98 105 160 104 104
Davidson 5 11,492 97 100 101 189 100 110
Carolina Beach 6 5,888 98 101 111 141 111 111
Weddington 7 9,906 97 100 101 176 100 110
Oak Island 8 7,051 98 101 111 135 111 111
Wesley Chapel 9 7,882 97 100 101 157 100 110
Chapel Hill 10 58,379 97 96 101 175 111 88
Carrboro 11 20,337 97 96 101 162 111 88
Wilmington 12 110,100 98 101 111 118 111 111
Cary 13 146,041 100 100 99 149 99 98
Pinehurst 14 15,052 91 102 111 155 91 90
Boone 15 17,802 99 102 100 135 106 92
Cornelius 16 26,246 97 100 101 133 100 110
Morrisville 17 20,728 100 100 99 135 99 98
Apex 18 40,631 100 100 99 134 99 98
Leland 19 15,316 98 101 111 107 111 111
Huntersville 20 49,279 97 100 101 127 100 110
Holly Springs 21 27,339 100 100 99 131 99 98
Wake Forest 22 33,319 100 100 99 131 99 98
Waxhaw 23 10,878 97 100 101 125 100 110
Clemmons 24 19,101 114 98 105 109 104 104
Matthews 25 28,677 97 100 101 117 100 110
Southern Pines 26 12,782 100 100 99 118 99 98
Harrisburg 27 13,549 97 100 101 116 100 110
Stallings 28 14,185 97 100 101 115 100 110
Mills River 29 6,917 99 102 100 111 106 92
Mint Hill 30 23,934 97 100 101 111 100 110
Boiling Spring Lakes 31 5,529 98 101 111 98 111 111
Unionville 32 6,180 97 100 101 110 100 110
Elon 33 9,516 94 100 99 122 100 95
Stokesdale 34 5,177 114 98 105 100 104 104
Raleigh 35 423,287 100 100 99 110 99 98
Indian Trail 36 34,950 97 100 101 105 100 110
Morehead City 37 9,030 98 101 111 94 111 111
Jacksonville 38 69,300 98 101 111 92 111 111
Asheville 39 85,783 99 102 100 103 106 92
Mooresville 40 34,466 97 100 101 101 100 110
Lewisville 41 13,037 114 98 105 94 104 104
Elizabeth City 42 18,343 117 104 107 85 99 115
Fuquay-Varina 43 20,246 100 100 99 103 99 98
Havelock 44 20,850 98 101 111 88 111 111
Hillsborough 45 6,256 97 96 101 104 111 88
Kernersville 46 23,522 114 98 105 90 104 104
New Bern 47 30,171 98 101 111 85 111 111
Winterville 48 9,424 100 100 99 98 99 98
Charlotte 49 774,807 97 100 101 96 100 110
Fletcher 50 7,320 99 102 100 95 106 92
Black Mountain 51 7,977 99 102 100 95 106 92
Knightdale 52 12,692 100 100 99 98 99 98
Washington 53 9,768 117 104 107 80 99 115
Garner 54 26,723 100 100 99 96 99 98
Brevard 55 7,651 99 102 100 91 106 92
Concord 56 82,266 97 100 101 92 100 110
Durham 57 240,107 97 96 101 97 111 88
Hendersonville 58 13,350 99 102 100 88 106 92
Clayton 59 17,274 100 100 99 91 99 98
Waynesville 60 9,770 99 102 100 87 106 92
Pineville 61 7,855 97 100 101 88 100 110
Aberdeen 62 6,702 100 100 99 90 99 98
Belmont 63 10,346 97 100 101 88 100 110
Winston-Salem 64 234,469 114 98 105 78 104 104
Monroe 65 33,588 97 100 101 85 100 110
King 66 6,732 114 98 105 77 104 104
Mount Holly 67 13,815 97 100 101 83 100 110
Woodfin 68 6,167 99 102 100 81 106 92
Hickory 69 40,108 97 100 101 81 100 110
Mebane 70 12,509 94 100 99 89 100 95
Mocksville 71 5,086 114 98 105 74 104 104
Greenville 72 87,546 100 100 99 81 99 98
Gastonia 73 72,664 97 100 101 77 100 110
High Point 74 106,797 91 102 111 82 91 90
Statesville 75 25,132 97 100 101 76 100 110
Wendell 76 6,085 100 100 99 78 99 98
Gibsonville 77 6,565 94 100 99 84 100 95
Kannapolis 78 43,865 97 100 101 76 100 110
Wilson 79 49,389 100 100 99 77 99 98
Fayetteville 80 202,421 100 100 99 77 99 98
Greensboro 81 276,225 94 100 99 81 100 95
Morganton 82 16,816 99 102 100 72 106 92
Mount Airy 83 10,411 114 98 105 67 104 104
Nashville 84 5,469 100 100 99 74 99 98
Sanford 85 28,798 100 100 99 74 99 98
Conover 86 8,200 97 100 101 72 100 110
Hope Mills 87 16,024 100 100 99 74 99 98
Archdale 88 11,322 91 102 111 75 91 90
Lincolnton 89 10,601 97 100 101 71 100 110
Oxford 90 8,585 97 96 101 76 111 88
Smithfield 91 11,357 100 100 99 73 99 98
Butner 92 7,661 97 96 101 74 111 88
Salisbury 93 33,524 91 102 111 71 91 90
Whiteville 94 5,465 98 101 111 56 111 111
Burlington 95 51,740 94 100 99 74 100 95
Spring Lake 96 13,101 100 100 99 69 99 98
Trinity 97 6,648 91 102 111 70 91 90
Goldsboro 98 35,908 100 100 99 68 99 98
Albemarle 99 15,924 97 100 101 66 100 110
Cherryville 100 5,826 97 100 101 65 100 110

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