Cost of Living in Charlotte

Summary about cost of living in Charlotte:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 $ 12.00-22.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 57.50 $ 45.00-80.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 6.75 $ 5.00-8.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 5.00 $ 4.00-5.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6.00 $ 5.00-8.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.26 $ 3.75-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.83 $ 1.25-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.46 $ 1.25-2.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2.68 $ 1.94-3.70
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.01 $ 0.99-2.70
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.50 $ 2.00-3.00
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.56 $ 2.00-3.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.09 $ 2.59-7.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 5.03 $ 2.99-8.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.91 $ 4.00-7.99
Apples (1 lb) 2.65 $ 1.32-5.00
Banana (1 lb) 0.52 $ 0.39-1.00
Oranges (1 lb) 2.76 $ 1.29-4.00
Tomato (1 lb) 1.82 $ 0.99-4.00
Potato (1 lb) 1.10 $ 0.70-1.79
Onion (1 lb) 1.61 $ 0.69-3.00
Lettuce (1 head) 1.59 $ 0.99-2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.50 $ 0.99-4.22
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 10.50 $ 8.00-12.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.70 $ 1.49-3.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.00 $ 0.92-4.99
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 6.04 $ 5.00-8.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.20 $ 2.00-2.20
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 88.00 $ 60.00-88.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.00 $ 2.50-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4.24 $ 3.00-5.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 35.00 $ 30.00-40.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.52 $ 2.17-2.79
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,000.00 $ 16,999.00-24,256.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 18,795.45 $ 16,000.00-25,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 156.46 $ 79.33-250.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.15 $ 0.10-0.25
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 57.83 $ 50.00-80.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 40.71 $ 10.00-89.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 13.33 $ 0.00-50.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 11.00 $ 9.00-13.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 986.28 $ 600.00-1,300.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 18,805.00 $ 8,000.00-25,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 44.09 $ 35.00-60.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 39.59 $ 25.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 82.90 $ 65.00-125.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 110.53 $ 75.00-200.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,423.08 $ 1,100.00-1,650.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 993.88 $ 750.00-1,200.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,207.59 $ 1,692.00-3,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,670.99 $ 1,200.00-2,500.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 241.39 $ 150.00-305.00
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 125.54 $ 100.00-208.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,963.19 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.28 3.95-4.62

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Last update: July 2019
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8 Comments so far

#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.
#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.