2020 Cost of Living Calculator for Miscellaneous:
Dunedin, Florida vs Charleston, South Carolina

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Miscellaneous cost in Charleston, South Carolina is 2.6% more expensive than Dunedin, Florida

Cost of Living IndexDunedin, FLCharleston, SCU.S. AvgDifference
Miscellaneous101.41041002.60 (2.6% more)
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Our cost of living calculator assumes people spend around 19% of their income on miscellaneous expenses. We broke down that 19% as follows:

Restaurant meals and prepared food includes all meals (including tips) at fast food, take-out, delivery, concession stands, buffet and cafeteria, at full-service restaurants, and at vending machines and mobile vendors.

Clothing and services includes dry cleaning and laundry, shoe repair, alterations and repairs, sewing materials, clothing rental and storage, watches, jewelry and repairs.

Entertainment includes fees and admissions for sporting and concert events, club memberships and lessons, media hardware and subscriptions (including video games), musical instruments, pets, toys, hobbies, exercise and sports equipment, boats and camping equipment, RVs, bicycles.

Personal care products and services includes products for the hair, dental hygiene, shaving, cosmetics, haircuts and styling.

Reading includes newspaper and magazine subscriptions (including digital), e-books and digital reading material.

Education includes tuition, fees and supplies for public and private schools, including nursery, elementary, high school, colleges and universities.

Tobacco products and smoking supplies includes cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes and vaping devices, loose and chewing tobacco.

Additional Miscellaneous includes credit card and checking fees, finance charges, legal and accounting fees, unions dues, occupational licenses.

Entertainment is further divided into the following categories:

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Before moving to a new city you want to know how much it will cost to live there. “Cost of living” is the amount of money you need to maintain a certain lifestyle in a given place. The price of goods and services vary from one city to another, calculating the cost of living will help you determine how much more or less you need to make and help you factor in expenses.

The expenses that go in to determining cost of living include housing prices for renters or homeowners, housing affordability, entertainment costs, transportation expenses, food prices, and taxes.


A cost of living index allows you to compare what it costs to live in one place against another, helping you get a glimpse of how far your money will go before you move. For example the cost of living in New York City is almost twice that of Portland, Oregon.

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