Living Here

With four seasons, an overall moderate climate and the diversity of the mountains and beaches within a a few hours’ drive from our area, it’s no wonder the Piedmont area of North Carolina has garnered so much attention. From retirees looking for an alternative to the sweltering heat and hurricanes of Florida to young professionals seeking an affordable, safe environment to raise their families, people of all ages are discovering the many benefits of our area.

The four major towns in our area that serve the majority of our customers are Chapel Hill, Durham, Pittsboro, Sanford, and Pinehurst. Each of these towns is located in a different county so we have compiled some useful information for you.

Property Taxes Property Taxes

According to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, North Carolina remains a low tax state and continues to rank below the national average. This is despite the fact that North Carolina continues to rank as one of the fastest growing states both in terms of retirees and school aged children.Central North Carolina - Grau Home Builders

North Carolina ranked 37th nationally in combined state and local taxes as a percent of personal income and 31 st nationally in total taxes per capita. Additionally, North Carolina’s combined state and local taxes per capita are lower than Georgia and Virginia and is only slightly higher than South Carolina and Tennessee.

 

Here is a chart that compares property tax rates in a few of the neighboring counties in which we build.

 

County
Major Town
2013 Tax Rate
Chatham Pittsboro
$0.622
Durham Durham
$0.744
Harnett Lillington
$0.725
Lee Sanford
$0.750
Moore Pinehurst
$0.465
Orange Chapel Hill / Carrboro
$0.858
 

Sales Tax Sales Tax

North Carolina charges a 4.75% state sales tax rate as of 2013. Individual counties also charge sales tax, most of them averaging 2.0%. The average sales tax is 6.75%.

 

Automobile Tax Automobile Tax

Each year, you are taxed on the value of your vehicle as determined by the state. Since with each passing year your car is less valuable, the tax basis decreases. Registered motor vehicle bills are due on the first day of the fourth month following the date the registration expires or the new registration is applied for.

For more information on taxes, here are a few helpful web sites:

 

Cost of Living Cost of Living

The following chart compares the affordability of the greater Raleigh area to other national cities and to the U.S. in general. One interesting point is the relative affordability of housing in the Raleigh area. The chart shows that homes in Raleigh are nearly 9% less expensive than other comparable homes in the U.S.

 

 

Composite
Index

Grocery
Items

Housing

Utilities

Transpor-
tation

Health
Care

Misc.
Goods &
Services

 

100%

13%

30%

9%

9%

4%

36%

Raleigh

98.0

103.6

91.2

105.9

93.2

111.1

98.6

United States

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

Atlanta , GA

98.7

95.6

94.8

90.3

106.7

104.3

102.6

Austin , TX

98.7

95.6

94.8

90.3

106.7

104.3

102.6

Boston , MA

138

121.7

183.9

145.4

112

113.6

112.4

Charlotte , NC

93.1

94.8

82.6

85.1

103.1

114

98.5

Cleveland , OH

105.6

114.6

103.3

118.2

108.3

100.0

100.9

Dallas , TX

97.6

96.4

87.5

92.2

108.8

103.2

104.5

Denver , CO

105.5

105.8

112.6

93.1

104.2

114.9

101.8

Detroit , MI

109.1

98.8

126.4

103.1

108.0

110.8

99.7

Los Angeles

149.9

115.7

235.2

119.7

108.5

102.8

113.3

Minneapolis , MN

114

98.5

131

112.3

108.1

114.7

107

New York City

216.6

136

403.3

144

125.5

145.2

136.7

Philadelphia , PA

117.2

115.2

126.3

123.5

116.6

104.7

110.2

Phoenix , AZ

98.7

103

90.1

93.5

105.1

110

103

Portland , OR

114.3

123.1

111.4

116.1

107.3

128.9

113.3

Richmond , VA *

100.4

107.3

92.8

107.5

98.6

89.6

103.9

San Diego , CA

137.3

118.9

198.8

92.6

115.6

114.1

111.2

Tampa , FL

99.3

93.8

103.8

93.4

105.2

105.1

97.2

Trenton , NJ *

131.0

112.5

158.6

131.8

108.2

175.4

116.0

Washington , DC

137.4

113.1

200.9

102.7

118.9

124.5

107.2

Source: ACCRA Cost of Living Index
 

Climate Climate

Central North Carolina has what many believe to be an ideal climate. Not too far north to have to endure the cold, snowy winters and not too far south to have to languish in the heat and humidity of the summers, the central Piedmont area provides four distinct seasons while being comfortable year round.

Here is a quick glance at the average temperatures in our area by month.

 

January
February
March
April
May
June
44°
46°
52°
62°
70°
75°
July
August
September
October
November
December
79°
78°
72°
62°
52°
44°

Another question we hear all the time is “does it snow?” The short answer is “yes”. The longer answer is “yes, but usually only once or twice a year and only about an inch or two and it’s gone in 5 days”. So, if you like the ambiance of the snow without the perpetual black slush, come on down!

For those of you who are really into the weather, here are a few interesting charts and some good web sites.

TEMPERATURE IN
CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA

WEATHER TRENDS IN
CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA

MONTHLY PRECIPITATION IN
NORTH CAROLINA

Month Low High
Jan 29°F 49°F
Feb 31°F 54°F
Mar 38°F 62°F
Apr 46°F 71°F
May 55°F 78°F
Jun 63°F 85°F
Jul 68°F 89°F
Aug 67°F 87°F
Sept 61°F 81°F
Oct 48°F 71°F
Nov 39°F 62°F
Dec 32°F 53°F
Month Sunshine Hours
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sept
Oct
Nov
Dec
52%
56%
60%
63%
59%
60%
60%
58%
58%
60%
57%
53%
Month Precipitation
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sept
Oct
Nov
Dec
4.02in.
3.47in.
4.03in.
2.80in.
3.79in.
3.42in.
4.29in.
3.78in.
4.26in.
3.18in.
2.97in.
3.04in.

Interesting Weather Links for North Carolina