Cost of Living in Charlotte

Summary about cost of living in Charlotte, NC, United States:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 14.00 $ 11.00-25.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 65.00 $ 50.00-86.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.75 $ 6.50-9.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4.38 $ 3.00-6.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6.00 $ 5.00-8.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.26 $ 3.00-6.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.97 $ 1.50-3.25
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.56 $ 1.00-2.79
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2.97 $ 2.00-3.60
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.45 $ 1.29-4.69
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.48 $ 0.80-3.00
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.90 $ 1.00-2.99
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.13 $ 2.50-9.00
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 3.12 $ 1.99-5.99
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.83 $ 3.00-6.99
Apples (1 lb) 2.39 $ 1.09-4.00
Banana (1 lb) 0.60 $ 0.44-0.99
Oranges (1 lb) 1.96 $ 0.66-4.00
Tomato (1 lb) 1.95 $ 1.29-3.75
Potato (1 lb) 1.32 $ 0.60-4.00
Onion (1 lb) 1.27 $ 0.49-3.25
Lettuce (1 head) 1.11 $ 0.99-2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.48 $ 0.99-2.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 12.00 $ 8.00-18.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.17 $ 1.49-2.86
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.05 $ 1.35-2.80
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 7.49 $ 6.00-7.50
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.20 $ 2.10-2.64
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 87.50 $ 66.00-121.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.50 $ 2.45-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4.02 $ 2.50-5.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 35.00 $ 30.00-60.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.30 $ 1.80-2.75
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,000.00 $ 23,074.00-30,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,821.43 $ 20,000.00-27,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 140.81 $ 74.00-289.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.13 $ 0.04-0.11
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 58.95 $ 45.00-80.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 44.76 $ 15.00-80.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 23.86 $ 0.00-42.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.00 $ 10.00-14.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 991.25 $ 750.00-1,500.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 14,603.75 $ 9,000.00-25,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 41.15 $ 24.00-60.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 38.69 $ 25.00-60.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 85.59 $ 54.00-120.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 121.12 $ 59.00-200.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,540.97 $ 1,400.00-1,800.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,058.32 $ 900.00-1,250.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,746.59 $ 2,000.00-4,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,762.15 $ 1,400.00-2,500.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 326.50 $ 293.00-400.00
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 157.55 $ 112.76-250.00
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,316.76 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.71 2.50-4.00

Prices in Charlotte, North Carolina

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Last update: February 2021
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6 Comments so far
big q on Jan 26, 2021:
whats the average loan payment? thinking about moving here, just trying to find average price to help decide
Joe mamma on Nov 08, 2019:
I never thought a website would teach me the price of a McMeal at McDonald
Red on May 14, 2019:
I have lived here 15 years and it use to be a great place to find a home at a bargain. Not anymore. If you want to actually live in the city, today (2019) in Charlotte, homes are upwards in the $400-500k range now. That is for maybe 1200 sq ft. These homes were $180k just 8 years ago. Also taxes in Mecklenburg county are the highest in the state. People today who are moving here don't actually reside in Charlotte. What they are doing is buying outside the city in smaller towns like Gastonia, Mooresville, Concord, and countless towns in South Carolina. Jobs here won't pay as well as in larger cities, so you are forced to live 35-45 min away. Get use to long commutes and an infrastructure that has not yet kept up with growth.
Robert Weant on Apr 12, 2019:
Charlotte, may not have as much prestige as cities like New York or Miami, but it is definitely a very reasonable nice city to live in. Traffic isn't that bad, and home prices and rent can be very reasonable. The beer scene is probably the 2nd best in NC, just after Asheville.

I didn't think much about Charlotte before moving here, but it has pleasantly surprised me. Driving uptown (uptown is the same as downtown here) on daily basis, I can't tell you how many times I've been in awe at the views. While Charlotte doesn't have mountains nor a coastline to enhance their skyline, it does have its charm. Like in this pic, that was taken from a bridge I often drive across.

https://www.extramediumlarge.com/Places/Charlotte-NC-2011/
elizabeth on Feb 17, 2018:
Charlotte has some decent music if anyone is interested: I've been trying to find other fans of quality North Carolina artists. We're seeing My Fair Lady in Raleigh this month. Support your local artists! It's at this venue: https://seatnerds.com/things-to-do-in-raleigh-north-carolina/the-duke-energy-center/
mmm on Feb 10, 2018:
I've been here 2 years. There's zero arts/culture scene, everything costs a fortune, no good restaurants, the traffic is deplorable and drivers the drivers inept. It's the epitome of a rat race.