Columbia, SC Cost of Living

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Columbia cost of living score
Less expensive
12.6% lower
than the US average
2.1% lower
than the South Carolina average
Columbia, South Carolina gets a BestPlaces Cost of Living score of 87.4, which means the total cost of housing, food, childcare, transportation, healthcare, taxes, and other necessities is 12.6% lower than the U.S. average and 2.1% higher than the average for South Carolina.

Columbia, SC

Housing costs in Columbia?
A typical home costs $204,100, which is 39.6% less expensive than the national average of $338,100 and 21.5% less expensive than the average South Carolina home, at $259,900. Renting a two-bedroom unit in Columbia costs $1,210 per month, which is 15.4% cheaper than the national average of $1,430 and 8.3% more than the state average of $1,110.

Can I afford Columbia?
To live comfortably in Columbia, South Carolina, a minimum annual income of $39,240 for a family, and $42,800 for a single person is recommended.

What does A.I. say about Columbia?
Columbia, South Carolina offers an excellent quality of life combined with pocket friendly living possibilities; median house price falls near $182K while rent per month for a one bedroom generally hit from about $1,100 - 1,350 dependent on area or building type selected. Essentials such as food and utilities have been calculated to stay closely aligned with national standards whereas taxes often remain among the lesser surrounding Midlands due chiefly Columbia’s place northeast Greater Augusta urban district .
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I love living in Columbia! I recently graduated from USC and plan to stay. I read the reviews posted here and it shows that like many cities, your experience will depend  More

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Loved living in Columbia, SC prior to my job transfer. It's the perfect size - plenty to do, but still a laid back place. People are extremely friendly, there are  More

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I moved to Columbia for graduate school and although it is a giant step up from my small, out-of-state hometown, I became bored and restless here in less than a year.  More

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