Greenville 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.
IndexGreenvilleSouth CarolinaNational
Cost of living index10495100
IndexGreenvilleSouth CarolinaNational
Goods & Services index106101100
Groceries index110109100
Health care index105100100
Housing index10278100
Transportation index9693100
Utilities index98104100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Greenville, SC. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Greenville, SC being 104, that puts it 9% higher than the average of South Carolina and 4% 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 Greenville, SC, the price of goods and services are 5% higher than the average of South Carolina as well as 6% higher than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Greenville is 9% higher than the South Carolina average.
  • The cost of living in Greenville is 4% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Greenville is 2% 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)
Owners$67,541$5,628$1,576$2,026
Renters$27,022$2,252$630$811
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Greenville, SC, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Greenville, SC, the median monthly income is $67,541 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,576 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $27,022, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $630 on monthly rental expenses.

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 Greenville, 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

ItemGreenvilleNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.20$14.5911.0%
Beauty Salon $43.89$34.6826.6%
Toothpaste $3.19$2.4729.0%
Shampoo $1.03$1.020.8%
Movie $10.50$9.876.4%
Bowling $3.89$4.3911.4%

Groceries

ItemGreenvilleNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.93$4.4810.1%
Fried Chicken $1.56$1.466.6%
Milk $2.63$2.3611.6%
Potatoes $3.18$3.063.9%
Pizza $9.59$9.243.8%
Beer $9.35$8.638.3%

Health Care

ItemGreenvilleNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $108.40$99.788.6%
Doctor $104.00$105.031.0%
Dentist $94.20$88.706.2%
Ibuprofen $10.74$9.4114.1%
Lipitor $311.55$298.504.4%

Housing

ItemGreenvilleNational avg.Difference
Home Price $201,200.00$181,400.0010.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $838.34$1,081.0322.4%
Apartment Rent $736.00$889.0017.2%

Transportation

ItemGreenvilleNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.90$2.099.3%
Tire Balancing $49.31$45.298.9%

Utilities

ItemGreenvilleNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$148.43$170.8013.1%
Phone $31.84$28.2612.7%
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.
City View, SC2,04985-15%
Judson, SC2,05986-14%
West Pelzer, SC80179-21%
Pelzer, SC6380-20%
Parker, SC11,96587-13%
Greenville, SC59,2611044%

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Ames, IA59,20690-10%
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North Miami, FL59,3621044%
Malden, MA59,38813939%
Greenville, SC59,2611044%
Source: The Greenville, SC cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.