Charleston 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.
IndexCharlestonMississippiNational
Cost of living index7681100
IndexCharlestonMississippiNational
Goods & Services index9387100
Groceries index9193100
Health care index8592100
Housing index4063100
Transportation index8992100
Utilities index9786100

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  • The cost of living in Charleston is 6% lower than the Mississippi average.
  • The cost of living in Charleston is 24% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Charleston is 60% lower than the national average.
  • Mississippi general sales tax is 37% higher than the national average.
  • Mississippi state income tax is 35% higher 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$17,352$1,446$405$521
Renters$18,750$1,563$437$563

Mississippi Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Mississippi7%7.25%

Mississippi Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Mississippi3%5%

Goods & Services

ItemCharlestonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.25$14.594.5%
Beauty Salon $30.80$34.6811.2%
Toothpaste $2.59$2.474.7%
Shampoo $0.82$1.0219.8%
Movie $10.30$9.874.4%
Bowling $3.41$4.3922.4%

Groceries

ItemCharlestonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.79$4.487.0%
Fried Chicken $1.21$1.4617.4%
Milk $2.33$2.361.1%
Potatoes $3.15$3.062.9%
Pizza $8.39$9.249.2%
Beer $8.31$8.633.7%

Health Care

ItemCharlestonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $70.00$99.7829.8%
Doctor $83.80$105.0320.2%
Dentist $85.00$88.704.2%
Ibuprofen $8.48$9.419.9%
Lipitor $233.97$298.5021.6%

Housing

ItemCharlestonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $64,700.00$175,700.0063.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $730.10$1,081.0332.5%
Apartment Rent $432.00$920.0053.0%

Transportation

ItemCharlestonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.87$2.0910.6%
Tire Balancing $40.40$45.2910.8%

Utilities

ItemCharlestonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$151.24$170.8011.5%
Phone $30.75$28.268.8%
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.
Tillatoba, MS25189-11%
Crowder, MS57073-27%
Lambert, MS1,13274-26%
Glendora, MS15575-25%
Oakland, MS73973-27%
Charleston, MS1,80176-24%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Colorado City, CO1,80190-10%
Duson, LA1,80178-22%
Shaw, MS1,80178-22%
McLendon-Chisholm, TX1,80113131%
Rockwell, NC1,80187-13%
Charleston, MS1,80176-24%
Source: The Charleston, MS cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.