Aiken cost of living index

In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.
IndexAikenSouth CarolinaNational
Cost of living index9697100
IndexAikenSouth CarolinaNational
Goods & Services index103105100
Groceries index103105100
Health care index95101100
Housing index9780100
Transportation index7996100
Utilities index84107100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Aiken, SC is shown above. Compared to the state average of South Carolina the cost of living index in Aiken, SC is 96, which is 1% lower than the average in South Carolina and compared to the national average it is 4% lower than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Aiken, SC goods and services come in at 3% lower than the average in South Carolina and are 3% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Aiken is 1% lower than the South Carolina average.
  • The cost of living in Aiken is 4% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Aiken is 3% lower than the national average.
  • South Carolina general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average.
  • South Carolina state income tax is 100% lower than the national average.

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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$69,526$5,794$1,622$2,086
Renters$25,870$2,156$604$776
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Aiken, SC as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Aiken, SC homeowners, is $69,526. This would allow for a maximum of $1,622 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $25,870 which would result in a maximum of $604 to be spent on rental costs.

South Carolina Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
South Carolina6%9%

South Carolina Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
South Carolina0%7%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Aiken, SC you will want to make sure you consider both the South Carolina sales tax and the South Carolina income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in South Carolina is 6%, with the highest surtax being 9%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in South Carolina have a range from 0% to 7%.

Goods & Services

ItemAikenNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.18$15.5610.4%
Beauty Salon $33.05$36.118.5%
Toothpaste $3.48$2.4740.6%
Shampoo $0.86$0.9610.9%
Movie $12.00$10.1318.5%
Bowling $4.00$4.7415.5%

Groceries

ItemAikenNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.42$3.9811.0%
Fried Chicken $1.78$1.4126.7%
Milk $2.03$2.061.8%
Potatoes $3.32$2.9811.3%
Pizza $10.49$9.4710.7%
Beer $8.91$8.791.3%

Health Care

ItemAikenNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $106.50$101.045.4%
Doctor $95.00$107.4411.6%
Dentist $83.67$90.427.5%
Ibuprofen $8.82$9.284.9%
Lipitor $435.83$426.502.2%

Housing

ItemAikenNational avg.Difference
Home Price $174,000.00$175,700.001.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $871.30$1,133.2323.1%
Apartment Rent $847.00$920.007.9%

Transportation

ItemAikenNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.65$1.9917.3%
Tire Balancing $32.00$45.7630.1%

Utilities

ItemAikenNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$133.73$163.8118.4%
Phone $24.99$28.3912.0%
Although the cost of living data is updated regularly, this cost of living information is to be used as estimates only as prices can change on an ongoing basis.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Windsor, SC15380-20%
Warrenville, SC97181-19%
Langley, SC1,11881-19%
Gloverville, SC3,11781-19%
Graniteville, SC2,72582-18%
Aiken, SC29,98096-4%

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Niles, IL29,93911616%
Madison Heights, MI30,02890-10%
Aiken, SC29,98096-4%
Source: The Aiken, SC cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.