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 #4360 most affordable out of the 6522 places we measured in North Carolina. By definition, that implies Cary ranks as the #2046 most expensive place in the Tar Heel State.
|Living Expense||Cary||North Carolina||National Average|
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.
|City||Population||Cost Of Living||Vs. Cary||Raleigh, NC||457,159||102||0.9x||Durham, NC||264,310||95||0.8x||Chapel Hill, NC||59,561||119||1.1x||Apex, NC||48,254||111||1.0x||Holly Springs, NC||33,341||108||1.0x||Garner, NC||28,731||96||0.8x||Fuquay-Varina, NC||25,932||101||0.9x||Morrisville, NC||25,007||109||1.0x||Carrboro, NC||21,216||110||1.0x||Knightdale, NC||15,198||97||0.9x|