Florence 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.
IndexFlorenceSouth CarolinaNational
Cost of living index9897100
IndexFlorenceSouth CarolinaNational
Goods & Services index111105100
Groceries index98105100
Health care index93101100
Housing index8280100
Transportation index9896100
Utilities index106107100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Florence, SC is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Florence, SC enjoy a cost of living index of 98. This index is 1% higher than the South Carolina average, and 2% lower than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Florence, SC, the average cost of goods and services is 5% higher than it is in South Carolina, and it is 11% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Florence is 1% higher than the South Carolina average.
  • The cost of living in Florence is 2% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Florence is 18% 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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Use the salary calculator to compare your current income in Florence, SC to any other city in the country. The calculator will tell you how much income you would need to make in a particular city to live at the same level based on the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the city you are looking to move to is higher than that of Florence, SC, then you would need to earn a higher salary in order to enjoy the same standard of living. To use the Florence, SC salary calculator, enter the name of the new city, then move the slider to your current salary level. The salary calculator will do the rest and let you know if your salary would need to increase or decrease for the new city. You will also see a complete overview of the cost of living.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$64,955$5,413$1,516$1,949
Renters$21,854$1,821$510$656
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Florence, SC, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Florence, SC has a median income of about $64,955 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,516 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $21,854. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $510 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

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 Florence, 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

ItemFlorenceNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.85$15.561.8%
Beauty Salon $50.53$36.1139.9%
Toothpaste $2.77$2.4712.2%
Shampoo $0.92$0.965.1%
Movie $11.42$10.1312.8%
Bowling $4.58$4.743.3%

Groceries

ItemFlorenceNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.14$3.983.8%
Fried Chicken $1.14$1.4119.1%
Milk $1.75$2.0615.3%
Potatoes $3.21$2.987.6%
Pizza $11.81$9.4724.7%
Beer $8.96$8.791.9%

Health Care

ItemFlorenceNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $103.96$101.042.9%
Doctor $87.34$107.4418.7%
Dentist $95.77$90.425.9%
Ibuprofen $9.30$9.280.2%
Lipitor $333.71$426.5021.8%

Housing

ItemFlorenceNational avg.Difference
Home Price $151,500.00$175,700.0013.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $784.40$1,133.2330.8%
Apartment Rent $664.00$920.0027.8%

Transportation

ItemFlorenceNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.82$1.998.8%
Tire Balancing $51.88$45.7613.4%

Utilities

ItemFlorenceNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$196.42$163.8119.9%
Phone $24.95$28.3912.1%
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.
Coward, SC51586-14%
Timmonsville, SC2,25188-12%
Pamplico, SC1,13286-14%
Darlington, SC6,23289-11%
Quinby, SC1,15192-8%
Florence, SC37,51298-2%

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East Meadow, NY37,51316161%
Park Ridge, IL37,51113434%
Roy, UT37,47294-6%
South Miami Heights, FL37,56499-1%
Oakley, CA37,39112121%
Florence, SC37,51298-2%
Source: The Florence, SC cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.