Orangeburg 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.
IndexOrangeburgSouth CarolinaNational
Cost of living index9597100
IndexOrangeburgSouth CarolinaNational
Goods & Services index111105100
Groceries index98105100
Health care index93101100
Housing index7380100
Transportation index9896100
Utilities index106107100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Orangeburg, SC is shown above. Compared to the state average of South Carolina the cost of living index in Orangeburg, SC is 95, which is 1% lower than the average in South Carolina and compared to the national average it is 5% lower than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Orangeburg, SC goods and services come in at 5% higher than the average in South Carolina and are 11% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Orangeburg is 1% lower than the South Carolina average.
  • The cost of living in Orangeburg is 5% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Orangeburg is 27% 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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Using the salary calculator lets you compare the salary you earn in Orangeburg, SC to what it is in other cities. It will let you know what your earnings would have to be in another city to have the same standard of living, as determined by the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the area you want to move to is higher than the cost of living in Orangeburg, SC, you have to earn a higher income in order to still have the same standard of living. To operate the Orangeburg, SC salary calculator, put in the name of the other city, then move the slider to the point that represents the current income. The salary calculator will take care of the rest and tell you how much more or less you must earn in the new city. A Total breakdown of the cost of living is also provided.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$45,259$3,772$1,056$1,358
Renters$20,367$1,697$475$611
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Orangeburg, 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 Orangeburg, SC, the median monthly income is $45,259 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,056 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $20,367, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $475 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%
For those who live in Orangeburg, SC and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the South Carolina income tax rate and the South Carolina sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In South Carolina, the sales tax is 6%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 9%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in South Carolina, the income tax rate ranges between 0% to 7%.

Goods & Services

ItemOrangeburgNational 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

ItemOrangeburgNational 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

ItemOrangeburgNational 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

ItemOrangeburgNational avg.Difference
Home Price $130,300.00$175,700.0025.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $784.40$1,133.2330.8%
Apartment Rent $660.00$920.0028.3%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemOrangeburgNational 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.

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Cope, SC15482-18%
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Woodford, SC14386-14%
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Norway, SC35987-13%
Orangeburg, SC13,79095-5%

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Source: The Orangeburg, SC cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.