Cost of Living in Columbia, SC

Cost of living One person Family of 4
💰 Total with rent
$1956
$4274
🛋️ Without rent
$700
$2147
🏨 Rent & Utilities
$1256
$2127
🍽️ Food
$526
$1377
🚐 Transport
$49.3
$132
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$3922
😀 Quality of life
80
🏙️ Population
137K

The average cost of living in Columbia is $1956, which is in the top 7% of the most expensive cities in the world, ranked 636th out of 9294 in our global list, 520th out of 2202 in the United States, and 4th out of 26 in South Carolina.

The median after-tax salary is $3922, which is enough to cover living expenses for 2 months. Ranked 346th (TOP 4%) in the list of best places to live in the world and 83rd best city to live in the United States, and 1st most liveable city in South Carolina. With an estimated population of 137K, Columbia is the 216th largest city in the United States.

✈️ Closest airport 6 km Jim Hamilton L.B. Owens Airport
😷 Air quality Excellent 9.5 µg/m³
🎓 Best university rank 191 University of South Carolina - Columbia
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Prices in Columbia

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Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$12.9
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$64.9
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$7.07
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.41
 Cappuccino
$5.23
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.23
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in city Center, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1787
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$901
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in city Center, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2986
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1614
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$115
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$176
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$62.9
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
5.4%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1814
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$590
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$1.51
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$50.4
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$14.3
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.14
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.85
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.75
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.46
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.35
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11.5
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$16.4
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$16.9
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.41
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.72
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.93
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.79
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.97
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.6
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.12
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.79
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$8.93
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.02
🚬 Cigarette pack
$6.56
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$8.37
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.95
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$3.2
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.91
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$26.4
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$10.7
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$98
💇 Haircut, simple
$14.4
👖 Brand Jeans
$33
👟 Brand Sneakers
$81.9
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$504
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$9008

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