Mount Pleasant 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.
IndexMount PleasantSouth CarolinaNational
Cost of living index12795100
IndexMount PleasantSouth CarolinaNational
Goods & Services index102101100
Groceries index108109100
Health care index107100100
Housing index18180100
Transportation index9493100
Utilities index112104100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Mount Pleasant, SC is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Mount Pleasant, SC enjoy a cost of living index of 127. This index is 33% higher than the South Carolina average, and 27% higher 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 Mount Pleasant, SC, the average cost of goods and services is 2% higher than it is in South Carolina, and it is 2% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Mount Pleasant is 33% higher than the South Carolina average.
  • The cost of living in Mount Pleasant is 27% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Mount Pleasant is 81% 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$93,267$7,772$2,176$2,798
Renters$51,272$4,273$1,196$1,538
The affordability of the housing market in Mount Pleasant, SC as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Mount Pleasant, SC homeowners, the median income is $93,267. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $2,176 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $51,272. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $1,196 used for their rent related monthly 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 Mount Pleasant, 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

ItemMount PleasantNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.75$14.591.1%
Beauty Salon $38.90$34.6812.2%
Toothpaste $2.99$2.4720.9%
Shampoo $1.19$1.0216.4%
Movie $6.92$9.8729.9%
Bowling $3.31$4.3924.6%

Groceries

ItemMount PleasantNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.52$4.481.0%
Fried Chicken $1.69$1.4615.4%
Milk $2.46$2.364.4%
Potatoes $3.66$3.0619.6%
Pizza $9.00$9.242.6%
Beer $8.79$8.631.8%

Health Care

ItemMount PleasantNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $100.50$99.780.7%
Doctor $108.23$105.033.0%
Dentist $104.00$88.7017.2%
Ibuprofen $10.19$9.418.3%
Lipitor $292.98$298.501.8%

Housing

ItemMount PleasantNational avg.Difference
Home Price $351,500.00$175,700.00100.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $918.55$1,081.0315.0%
Apartment Rent $1,257.00$920.0036.6%

Transportation

ItemMount PleasantNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.02$2.093.6%
Tire Balancing $38.79$45.2914.3%

Utilities

ItemMount PleasantNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$202.42$170.8018.5%
Phone $28.92$28.262.3%
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.
North Charleston, SC102,14398-2%
Awendaw, SC1,40898-2%
Hanahan, SC18,9991033%
Goose Creek, SC38,5451033%
Charleston, SC125,45811212%
Mount Pleasant, SC72,37912727%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Southfield, MI72,48089-11%
Rochester Hills, MI72,1951044%
Gastonia, NC72,66494-6%
Canton, OH72,66884-16%
Appleton, WI72,86193-7%
Mount Pleasant, SC72,37912727%
Source: The Mount Pleasant, SC cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.