Beaufort 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.
IndexBeaufortSouth CarolinaNational
Cost of living index10995100
IndexBeaufortSouth CarolinaNational
Goods & Services index102101100
Groceries index116109100
Health care index98100100
Housing index12280100
Transportation index9493100
Utilities index107104100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Beaufort, SC. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Beaufort, SC being 109, that puts it 15% higher than the average of South Carolina and 9% higher than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Beaufort, SC, the price of goods and services are 1% higher than the average of South Carolina as well as 2% higher than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Beaufort is 15% higher than the South Carolina average.
  • The cost of living in Beaufort is 9% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Beaufort is 22% higher 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)
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Beaufort, 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 Beaufort, SC homeowners, is $66,101. This would allow for a maximum of $1,542 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $29,835 which would result in a maximum of $696 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%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Beaufort, SC is the South Carolina sales tax and South Carolina income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The South Carolina sales tax rate is 6% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 9%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The South Carolina income tax rates range from 0% to 7%.

Goods & Services

ItemBeaufortNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.44$14.591.1%
Beauty Salon $43.28$34.6824.8%
Toothpaste $3.06$2.4723.7%
Shampoo $1.12$1.029.6%
Movie $10.30$9.874.4%
Bowling $3.82$4.3913.0%


ItemBeaufortNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.89$4.489.2%
Fried Chicken $1.56$1.466.6%
Milk $2.69$2.3614.1%
Potatoes $3.82$3.0624.8%
Pizza $9.31$9.240.7%
Beer $8.42$8.632.5%

Health Care

ItemBeaufortNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $105.88$99.786.1%
Doctor $96.28$105.038.3%
Dentist $93.43$88.705.3%
Ibuprofen $10.18$9.418.2%
Lipitor $268.02$298.5010.2%


ItemBeaufortNational avg.Difference
Home Price $240,800.00$175,700.0037.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $934.01$1,081.0313.6%
Apartment Rent $809.00$920.0012.1%


ItemBeaufortNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.98$2.095.4%
Tire Balancing $41.84$45.297.6%


ItemBeaufortNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$184.24$170.807.9%
Phone $29.95$28.266.0%
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.
Burton, SC6,17395-5%
Laurel Bay, SC6,40499-1%
Shell Point, SC2,3841044%
Port Royal, SC11,2641066%
Bluffton, SC13,97911010%
Beaufort, SC12,7021099%

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Kewanee, IL12,69482-18%
Waianae, HI12,69415151%
Beaufort, SC12,7021099%
Source: The Beaufort, SC cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.