Cost of Living

Cost of Living

Living In Cherokee County

Not only is Cherokee County located in one of the most beautiful parts of the U.S. surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains including the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the County’s livability statistics make it one of the hidden treasures of the U.S. with low crime, four distinct seasons, a low cost of living, good educational entities, and outstanding recreational opportunities.

Cost of Living ranks counties across the U.S. and Cherokee County has a very favorable ranking. The following table shows Cherokee’s ranking in major cost categories. The U.S. average is 100.

  COST OF LIVING Cherokee County, North Carolina United States
  Overall 95 100
  Grocery 101.5 100
  Health 101 100
  Housing 84 100
  Utilities 96 100
  Transportation 96 100
  Miscellaneous 102 100


One of the great things about Cherokee County is that residents enjoy four distinct seasons. That’s just one of the many reasons why so many people are relocating and retiring to the area. The Appalachian Mountains and the beauty of our rivers, streams, and people set us apart.

Cherokee County, North Carolina, gets 60 inches of rain per year. The US average is 37. Snowfall in the County average 6 inches but of course that increases in the County’s higher elevations. The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 129.

On average, there are 204 sunny days per year in Cherokee County, North Carolina. The July high is around 86 degrees. The January low is 25. Our comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 44 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The US average on the comfort index is 44.

CLIMATE Cherokee County, North Carolina United States
Rainfall (in.) 60.1 36.5
Snowfall (in.) 5.9 25
Precipitation Days 129 100
Sunny Days 204 205
Avg. July High 86 86.5
Avg. Jan. Low 24.7 20.5
Comfort Index (higher=better) 44 44
UV Index 4.8 4.3
Elevation ft. 2,105 1,443
Cherokee County North Carolina Economic Development Corporation