Cost of Living in Charlotte

Summary about cost of living in Charlotte:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 $ 12.00-25.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60.00 $ 40.00-80.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 6.00 $ 5.00-7.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4.50 $ 3.25-5.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 6.00 $ 4.00-8.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.33 $ 3.50-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.75 $ 1.25-2.64
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.37 $ 1.00-2.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.01 $ 2.29-3.70
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.34 $ 1.50-3.49
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.81 $ 1.00-3.00
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.28 $ 1.60-3.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.88 $ 2.59-7.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.95 $ 1.99-8.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.86 $ 3.59-9.00
Apples (1 lb) 2.54 $ 1.99-5.00
Banana (1 lb) 0.62 $ 0.57-0.79
Oranges (1 lb) 2.39 $ 0.99-4.00
Tomato (1 lb) 2.14 $ 1.14-4.00
Potato (1 lb) 1.28 $ 0.79-4.00
Onion (1 lb) 1.45 $ 0.69-3.00
Lettuce (1 head) 1.78 $ 1.29-2.49
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.85 $ 0.99-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 10.50 $ 9.00-14.99
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 3.09 $ 2.40-4.50
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 4.30 $ 3.50-4.99
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 5.00 $ 4.12-8.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.20 $ 2.00-2.20
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 88.00 $ 70.00-88.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.25 $ 2.50-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4.64 $ 4.00-6.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 40.00 $ 40.00-40.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.53 $ 2.27-2.70
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,000.00 $ 15,000.00-26,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 17,900.00 $ 16,000.00-21,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 154.99 $ 75.00-250.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.10 $ 0.10-0.10
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 57.18 $ 50.00-75.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 35.30 $ 20.00-80.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 10.00 $ 5.00-15.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 11.00 $ 10.00-12.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 865.00 $ 400.00-1,200.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 16,600.00 $ 9,000.00-20,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 41.70 $ 30.00-50.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 33.12 $ 20.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 73.38 $ 55.00-95.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 91.75 $ 60.00-125.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,385.16 $ 1,000.00-1,800.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 975.53 $ 780.00-1,250.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,238.44 $ 1,500.00-3,200.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,562.67 $ 1,200.00-2,500.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 221.94 $ 158.00-300.00
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 110.17 $ 86.13-145.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,671.25 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.29 4.00-4.62

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Last update: September 2018
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12 Comments so far

#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:
#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.
#Matt on Jul 06, 2016 :
All you dirty hippies saying Charlotte has no life can go back to LA or Portland or wherever the hell you people come from. Most of you are moving here because you want to get out of the north for whatever reason. The life of Charlotte is great. Good people, good places. Who judges a City just by available music? Lol. There are TONS of spots that play live music are you kidding? Just don't expect to get a super frappy cum-ful late and curl your stupid ass pointy mustache. We don't care about that. We want to drink any of our dozens of local brews because we all fucking work for a living in Charlotte.
#DD on Apr 16, 2016 :
I'm from Long Island. The cost of living here is outrageous. A lot of people here move down south because property taxes here are through the roof. My 5 room house cost me $8,000. per year. Cant wait to move.
#JMS64 on Jan 24, 2016 :
I'm a little mystified by all the negative comments. We've lived in Uptown Charlotte for almost 2 years, and we love it. Great music scene--both big time artists and smaller scale Jazz, Folk, Americana, etc.. Charlotte is very green with parks popping up all over. If you live in the center city you are never more than a 15 minute walk from a terrific green space. Great art museums and galleries--as well as dance, symphony, musicals etc.. The cultural hub of the Carolinas. If you like sports you can live in uptown and walk to NBA, NFL, and AAA Baseball--only about ten minutes walking distance apart I don't know another city in the US that can boast of that. From our apt we watch the baseball games and hear the crowd at the Panthers games while watching the action on the scoreboard at the stadium. The food scene is simply awesome--there is a culinary institute in town with dozens of graduating chefs every year--the result is both terrific food trucks, small scale foodie places and high end statement restaurants. Cost of living is middle of the road--way less than places like Chicago or NYC or SF--more than small towns. Downsides? Traffic isn't great and the drivers in NC are appalling. There is a serious homeless problem and crime is an issue in certain areas. The policing seems overly aggressive to us--particularly for people of color. However, The weather is nearly perfect, four seasons, lots of sun, rare snow or deep cold. Great, well connected airport only 15 minutes from uptown. 2 hours to the mountains, 3.5 to the ocean. We travel all over the world and live in CLT by choice. A great city that mixes the best of big cities with a true community spirit.
#Nonya on Dec 14, 2015 :
If you are a hipster, or a lover of cities at all really, or other sort of all means do us all a favor and move to some other city, not Charlotte, we don't need you here. People with class and culture don't live in the city anyway, unless they are perpetual hipsters or other dirty city dwellers. There are good neighborhoods and bad, like any other city on the planet. Don't move to a bad neighborhood and bash the whole city because your stupid ecough to have picked a bad area in the first place.
#6 year resident on Jun 15, 2015 :
I have read many of the comments but it seems that each comment is based on each person only experiencing or living in one part of Charlotte. Charlotte is HUGE! Yes, Charlotte is expensive to live in but more so for a family of 4 than a family of 1 (makes sense). I consider Charlotte a place for single/college students, couples(no kids yet) or rich people. If you don't have a financial plan nor financial stability, don't move to Charlotte(Most places require you to have 3 months rent in advance). This is a beautiful city! Not too country, not too all around great mix. Plenty to do.The board walk, Carowinds, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Hornets Basketball, Panthers Football, CIAA, Time Warner Cable arena and local Theaters (bring in celebrity comedians and music artist even broad way), exhibits, museums, 3 Malls, Airport, too many colleges (lol which also host a lot of events). So if you are bored haven't explored and you need to get out more. No music or art scene? That is completely FALSE! I am a music artist. Now there isn't huge labels but Charlotte's art and music scene is underground and it is amazing. You have to go downtown(uptown) and go to Noda. ShowRoom Gallery has art exhibits all the time. You have to be will to look for the fun and it isn't that hard. I love it here.

Every place has it's downs. There is a lot of poverty and gentrification is horrible here. Crime has gone down a little but still pretty high(it's to be expected in a city). Homelessness is ridiculous, Sex trafficking as well. My Suggestion to those who move here is to first, have a plan, know you will be financially stable, RESEARCH, meet people from here and VISIT. It is not a place you can really move to get a start in life unless you are a college student straight out of HS or have a great paying job waiting for you when you get here.
#Anonymous on Jun 02, 2015 :
Charlotte,NC home of the low pay and high tax living. This is a greedy a$& state; there is a tax on every thing, did you know if you live in this state and you have paid your car off you still have to pay taxes on it every year :( and also if your want to get your drivers licence just say it's your first time or your just moved here from another state and you don't have a car but you want a drivers licence you have to have car insurance even if don't have a car. They call it a non-owners policy...Bull#!$%&.. And racist as hell. If you want to live in Charlotte, NC You better be rich and white.
#Newb on Nov 12, 2014 :
Well, ive been living here for 2 months with my sister. The cost of living here is stupid high. I'm 20 and im working on going back to college but its sooo hard with this min wage. 7.50 an hour dont pay the bills here whatsoever. The drivers here are ridiculously dumb. I see a wreck like everyday. The people, however, are actually pretty nice. There are plenty of things to do here in my opinion. Rent of apartment are also too damn high.
Overall it's just too expensive here. But its a good city. Oh yeah, construction is HORRIBLE here.
#Meagan on Nov 10, 2014 :
I have lived in Charlotte for 1 year now. I don't know what everyone is talking about the music scene... maybe it is not their kind of music, but I go to a little place right off of 485, every Saturday night they have at least one live band playing, but they usually have two. It's salsa, jazz, light rock, folk, etc... Very nice family environment. There are mountains to climb within 1 hour of the city limits, and in the suburbs, every other block is a park. The trees cover up the cityscape, and all you see is fall foliage this time of year. Also, 3 hours from skiing and 5 hours from Myrtle Beach. It's actually more like 4 hours to the beach, if you want the NC beach. You can take a trip over the weekend to D.C. for fairly cheap, you can drive to any number of historical sites (Revolution, 1812, and Civil Wars) in about 2 hours.
My roommates are a little crazy - they refused to move into an apartment complex in which there had been 3 break-ins over the past year. To put this in perspective, I grew up in a suburb of Dallas, TX where every house on the block was hit (unless you had a big dog) one year. Really, the crime isn't that bad for a city.
The housing is inexpensive, and you can expect to make enough to get by. The one thing I HATE about the prices here are the taxes - in Texas, we don't tax you on what you make and what you buy, and we certainly don't tax you on what you need to get by (namely, food).
I'm not in love with Charlotte, the people here all drive like they are the only ones on the road, and the whole road system sucks. The trees prevent you from ever seeing a sunset or sunrise. The city is stuck somewhere between urban and hicktown, but Charlotte is all in all a really neat little city.
#Niner on Nov 06, 2014 :
Lived here most of my life and it is a TERRIBLE city, but I'll start with the good:
GREAT skyline IMO. It really is beautiful, one of the best despite size.
Fun sports teams, especially with the Hornets back and HUGE support for Panthers. Regardless of if they both kinda stink, we love um.

The bad:
Outside of the immediate downtown area, the city has ZERO life. It is a suburban wasteland of boring 9-5 workers with boring jobs just living out their days trying to get little Jimmy into the "status" private middle school.
Outside of the dominant suburban areas, its ghetto but not in the "hip" way. It's just trashy.
The city is full of chain restaurants and bars both low-end and high-end, but no unique spots except the 2-3 in Plaza/Noda.
The University is on the very furthest corner of the city completely disconnecting it with downtown etc. and there is NO college town to speak of.
Surrounding communities are even more depressing and boring. (Concord, Monroe, Rock Hill, Wingate, Matthews, Huntersville, Weddington, etc.)
TRANSPLANT CITY! No one is from here. People come here for any number of reasons, and plenty get stuck in the rut of Charlotte and get trapped in one of it's million blah neighborhoods.

Bottom line: VISIT ONCE! Stay right in downtown (AKA Uptown, cause we changed the name for some reason) Go to a Panther or Hornets game, maybe even a Knights game. Grab dinner in Plaza or Noda. You can check out Carowinds or WhiteWater Center, but they are on very outskirts and aren't THAT great. Now leave. Youve experienced all this city can offer.
#Isaiah on Oct 10, 2014 :
I've lived here my entire life. Beautiful city (in most areas). Nestled right between the mountais (3 hours) and the beach (4 hours). 2nd biggest banking central next to New York. Salaries are high an cost of living is low. Beautiful art scene in NoDa and many areas such as Dilworth and the East area are really up and coming. Plenty of construction going on for better bridges and road systems. Plenty to do. Amusement park right on city limits and 5 malls including a new outlet mall.