Residents find the cost of living in East Forest agreeable at around 3 percent less than the city average. Although the prices for utilities, transportation, healthcare, goods and services remains steady throughout Charlotte, the cost of housing changes drastically from one neighborhood to the next. East Forest housing averages close to 15 percent less than the rest of the city but only 26 percent of locals here own their own home. Renters, who make up the majority, pay around $691 for a one-bedroom
apartment and can choose between many types of rentals from apartments to single-family homes.
Restaurants and bars in the area charge reasonable rates for their products and a microbrew will cost patrons around $5 a pint.
Drivers pay around 3 percent less to fill up their gas tanks compared to the national average. Those relying on Charlotte Area Transit System's bus service pay $2.20 for one-way fare, $6.60 for a day pass and $2.60 each way for express service.