North Charleston, SC Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2020-03-08
North Charleston's Overall Cost Of Living
Lower Than The National Average
The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in America. An index above 100 means North Charleston is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in North Charleston, SC?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, North Charleston has an overall cost of living index of 95 which is 0.9x lower than the national index of 100.

Compared to only South Carolina, North Charleston has a cost of living index that's 1.0x higher than South Carolina's index of 94.

The standard of living in North Charleston ranks as #2510 most affordable out of the 6522 places we measured in South Carolina. By definition, that implies North Charleston ranks as the #3897 most expensive place in the Palmetto State.

North Charleston Cost Of Living Vs. South Carolina

Living Expense North Charleston South Carolina National Average
Overall 95 94 100
Services 98 102 100
Groceries 101 102 100
Health 96 95 100
Housing 83 80 100
Transportation 87 90 100
Utilities 121 107 100
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North Charleston, SC Housing Cost Breakdown

Housing swings affordability the most between places in South Carolina, so we broke down the statistics around housing costs into more detail. It's also important to consider median household incomes to make apples-to-apples comparisons across locations.

Home and income come data comes from the most recent US Census ACS 2014-2018.

Median Home Value
Median Rent
Median Income
Statistic North Charleston South Carolina United States
Median Home Value $164,600 $154,800 $204,900
Median Rent $1,004 $868 $1,023
Median Income $41,316 $51,015 $60,293
Home Value To Income 4.0x 3.0x 3.4x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.29x 0.2x 0.2x

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Cost Of Living In Cities Around North Charleston

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. North Charleston
Charleston, SC 133,762 111 1.2x
Mount Pleasant, SC 83,700 128 1.3x
Summerville, SC 50,894 101 1.1x
Goose Creek, SC 41,339 100 1.1x
Hanahan, SC 22,963 101 1.1x
Ladson, SC 15,383 95 1.0x
James Island, SC 12,010 108 1.1x
Moncks Corner, SC 10,169 98 1.0x
Sangaree, SC 7,760 94 1.0x
Hollywood, SC 5,119 102 1.1x

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