Cost of Living Comparison

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COMPARED TO
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North Carolina is 1.4% cheaper than Pennsylvania.

If you lived in North Carolina instead of Pennsylvania, you would:
local_dining

pay 0.7% less for restaurants

  Pennsylvania help_outline North Carolina help_outline  
Basic meal with drink at inexpensive restaurant $13.83 $13.67 -1.2%
Fast food combo meal
McDonalds, or similar
$7.36 $7.47 +1.6%
Bottle of Coca-Cola (11 fl. oz) $1.96 $1.79 -8.3%
Bottle of water (11 fl. oz) $1.49 $1.57 +5.3%
Average -0.7%

Pennsylvania vs. North Carolina - Cost of restaurants
local_grocery_store

pay 0.4% more for groceries

  Pennsylvania help_outline North Carolina help_outline  
Bread
1 loaf
$2.55 $2.69 +5.3%
Local cheese (8 oz) $5.15 $5.13 -0.4%
Milk (1 gallon) $3.70 $3.11 -15.8%
Eggs
1 dozen
$2.19 $2.25 +2.5%
Boneless chicken breast (1 lb) $3.70 $3.99 +7.7%
Apples (1 lb) $2.14 $2.31 +7.8%
Bananas (1 lb) $0.67 $0.69 +2.5%
Oranges (1 lb) $1.97 $2.30 +17.1%
Tomatoes (1 lb) $1.91 $2.11 +10.6%
Potatoes (1 lb) $1.47 $1.20 -18.8%
Onions (1 lb) $1.65 $1.41 -14.4%
Average +0.4%

Pennsylvania vs. North Carolina - Cost of groceries
drive_eta

pay 8.3% less for transportation

  Pennsylvania help_outline North Carolina help_outline  
Gasoline (1 gallon) $2.76 $2.50 -9.6%
Monthly public transit pass $65.27 $55.09 -15.6%
New Volkswagen Golf 1.4 (standard edition) $22,672.07 $23,229.18 +2.5%
Taxi trip in downtown area (5 miles) $17.56 $15.72 -10.5%
Average -8.3%

Pennsylvania vs. North Carolina - Cost of transportation
home

pay 7.5% less for housing

  Pennsylvania help_outline North Carolina help_outline  
Internet connection
50 mbps or faster, cable/dsl
$71.49 $58.39 -18.3%
1-Bedroom apartment in downtown area $960.61 $953.81 -0.7%
1-Bedroom apartment outside city center $821.70 $814.03 -0.9%
Utilities for two (700 sq ft apartment)
including electric, gas, water, heating
$135.47 $121.50 -10.3%
Average -7.5%

Pennsylvania vs. North Carolina - Cost of housing
child_care

pay 0.2% more for childcare

  Pennsylvania help_outline North Carolina help_outline  
Private preschool for 1 child, monthly $887.31 $865.78 -2.4%
Middle school for 1 child, two semesters $14,797.78 $15,214.56 +2.8%
Average +0.2%

Pennsylvania vs. North Carolina - Cost of childcare
gamepad

pay 0.8% less for entertainment and sports

  Pennsylvania help_outline North Carolina help_outline  
Domestic/local beer (1 pint) $4.08 $4.65 +13.9%
Cappuccino in mid-range area $3.89 $4.09 +5.1%
Pack of cigarettes
Marlboro or similar
$8.16 $6.05 -25.9%
Monthly membership at local gym $33.50 $33.83 +1.0%
Movie ticket to theater/cinema $11.29 $11.50 +1.8%
Average -0.8%

Pennsylvania vs. North Carolina - Cost of entertainment and sports
store

pay 7.1% more for clothing

  Pennsylvania help_outline North Carolina help_outline  
Regular jeans
Levi's brand
$42.70 $41.86 -2.0%
Regular dress
from H&M or similar store
$36.50 $43.63 +19.5%
Running shoes
Nike or Adidas
$75.36 $75.56 +0.3%
Men's business shoes (leather) $88.63 $97.99 +10.6%
Average +7.1%

Pennsylvania vs. North Carolina - Cost of clothing
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