Cost of living in Durham, North Carolina, United States

Summary of cost of living in Durham, North Carolina

Family of four estimated monthly costs: $3,871
Single person estimated monthly costs: $2,061
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List of prices in Durham, North Carolina, United States. Current as of Dec 2019.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $14
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $7
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $4.54
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.95
12 eggs, large $3.06
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $3.59
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $8
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.02
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.50
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $6
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $14
2 liters of Coca-Cola $2.03
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.25
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $1,560
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $1,276
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $142
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $1,290
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $803
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $96
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $45
40” flat screen TV $342
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $133
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $9
Hourly rate for cleaning help $19
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $47
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $35
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $94
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $130
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $21,490
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.68
Monthly ticket public transport $54
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $22
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $5.87
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $22
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $116
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $6
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.21
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $4.05
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.08
Tube of toothpaste $2.06
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $20
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $39
2 tickets to the movies $24
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $175
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $65
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $10
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.55
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.86
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB $430
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.19
1 month of gym membership in business district $50
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $5.58
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 227 prices entered by 14 different people.
Latest price update: December 12, 2019

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