Cost of Living in Raleigh

Summary of cost of living in Raleigh, NC, United States:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 20.00 $ 12.00-30.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 85.00 $ 50.00-120.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 11.50 $ 10.00-12.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.25 $ 4.00-8.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 7.50 $ 5.00-9.00
Cappuccino (regular) 5.36 $ 4.00-6.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.86 $ 2.00-4.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.34 $ 2.00-3.80
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.63 $ 2.50-5.29
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.70 $ 2.00-4.99
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.54 $ 1.00-7.21
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.64 $ 2.29-5.50
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6.21 $ 3.75-9.49
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 4.74 $ 2.00-6.50
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 8.03 $ 4.99-9.00
Apples (1 lb) 2.36 $ 1.00-4.00
Banana (1 lb) 0.69 $ 0.49-1.20
Oranges (1 lb) 2.72 $ 1.00-5.00
Tomato (1 lb) 2.13 $ 1.00-4.00
Potato (1 lb) 1.34 $ 0.90-1.99
Onion (1 lb) 1.09 $ 0.99-1.50
Lettuce (1 head) 1.79 $ 1.49-2.25
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.85 $ 1.89-5.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 14.00 $ 10.00-25.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.81 $ 1.73-2.50
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.79 $ 1.50-5.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 7.50 $ 6.50-8.99
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.30 $ 0.00-3.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 67.50 $ 50.00-80.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.50 $ 1.95-4.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.50 $ 2.50-4.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 15.00 $ 15.00-40.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.58 $ 2.98-4.71
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 32,344.69 $ 28,120.00-34,689.37
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,422.75 $ 25,000.00-26,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 263.68 $ 180.00-347.68
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 61.44 $ 43.00-99.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 82.75 $ 70.00-108.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 51.25 $ 30.00-90.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 34.00 $ 34.00-34.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 14.00 $ 12.00-15.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,456.00 $ 1,080.00-1,800.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 22,111.00 $ 16,000.00-33,333.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 63.61 $ 30.00-85.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 53.60 $ 28.00-75.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 100.69 $ 65.00-125.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 147.50 $ 75.00-199.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,975.12 $ 1,500.00-2,400.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,643.05 $ 1,400.00-1,950.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,638.29 $ 2,800.00-4,250.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 3,030.78 $ 2,000.00-3,750.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 867.42 $ 475.00-1,099.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 393.86 $ 217.02-659.99
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,338.90 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 6.57 6.19-6.81

Prices in Raleigh, North Carolina

This city had 527 entries in the past 12 months by 78 different contributors.
Last update: February 2024
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3 Comments so far
Di on Nov 20, 2023:
Yes Raleigh is surprisingly expensive and fairly uninteresting. It's also buggy and hot in the summer. Looking forward to leaving when I get a chance.
Nikki on Jul 28, 2022:
To add to the last statement Rick made below about locals not liking outsiders, that's anywhere! The great California migration has turned quiet little hidden "gem of a city" type places into overpopulated "Anywhere, USA" type cities. No longer anything special. Traffic is starting to get worse, more housing developments are going up and driving down older property values, jobs are becoming fewer and more competitive, making it harder for grad students or entry level employees to find stable gainful employment. Rent increases, supply and demand for natural resources increases, thus increasing monthly rates. Supply and demand for gasoline and groceries goes up, thus do the prices. The need for big box and chain stores increases, putting long standing family owned shops and stores out of business. Pollution increases. Sometimes bad elements come along with these new transplants and crime rates increase. Things start to change all around, and most people don't do well with change. It's not like us Californian's are widely known for our charm, kindness, hospitality, and generosity. To the rest of the USA, we're all a bunch of self-absorbed, inconsiderate, rude, pushy, demanding Hollywood/Silicon Valley/Consumerist types looking to consume everyone else's slice of heaven, chew it up, spit it out, and leave things worse than when we came. We're a plague to places that don't live a fast paced lifestyle, a threat to their peace and serenity of the calm and mellowed down way of life. Little do they know outside of TV and social media, there's A LOT of us who are not like that and we don't all come from cities and hectic or privileged lifestyles. Some of us do live in the country, are God fearing, hard working, loving, charitable, live in tight-nit rural communities, and aren't at all Hollywood or Techy, rich snobs looking to gentrify their hometowns into the next uber vegan mecca. We just want to live in a better place away from all the vanity, the materialism, the narcissism, and the disproportionate wage to cost ratio that has nearly every resident living just above, at, or below state poverty levels. We're not all a-holes looking to trash your town or run everyone out of it. We just can't live in our crappy state anymore. It's always on fire and we have no water. Might as well accept it now, because eventually CA is going to become uninhabitable and we're ALL gonna have to migrate someplace eastward.
Frank on Jun 03, 2020:
How is that healthcare cost is not in the list? for a family of 4 could be 2000 dollars in most places in the US.