Cost of Living in Charleston, SC

Cost of livingOne personFamily of 4
💰 Total with rent
$2071
$4448
🛋️ Without rent
$744
$2507
🏨 Rent & Utilities
$1327
$1941
🍽️ Food
$535
$1384
🚐 Transport
$61
$167
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$4344
😀 Quality of life
84
🏙️ Population
120K

The average cost of living in Charleston is $2071, which is in the top 4% of the most expensive cities in the world, ranked 344th out of 9294 in our global list, 243rd out of 2202 in the United States, and 1st out of 26 in South Carolina.

The median after-tax salary is $4344, which is enough to cover living expenses for 2.1 months. Ranked 282nd (TOP 3%) in the list of best places to live in the world and 89th best city to live in the United States, and 1st most liveable city in South Carolina. With an estimated population of 120K, Charleston is the 231st largest city in the United States.

✈️ Closest airport17 kmCharleston International Airport
😷 Air qualityExcellent7.7 µg/m³
🎓 Best university rank510Medical University of South Carolina
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Prices in Charleston

Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$15.4
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$57.3
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$7.79
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$4.81
 Cappuccino
$4.76
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.99
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1420
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1095
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2301
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1570
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$110
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$169
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$56.3
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
3.51%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$5532
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2426
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$2
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$52.6
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$23.7
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.6
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.83
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.58
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.34
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.1
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$10.5
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11.1
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13.1
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.45
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.55
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.65
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.33
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.97
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.8
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.08
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$13.5
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.71
🚬 Cigarette pack
$7.29
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$6.93
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$5.15
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$3.78
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$2.01
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$32.7
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$11.8
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$125
💇 Haircut, simple
$16.7
👖 Brand Jeans
$50
👟 Brand Sneakers
$80.4
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$1000
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$20449

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