Seneca 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.
IndexSenecaSouth CarolinaNational
Cost of living index8795100
IndexSenecaSouth CarolinaNational
Goods & Services index94101100
Groceries index103109100
Health care index95100100
Housing index7180100
Transportation index8193100
Utilities index95104100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Seneca, SC cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Seneca, SC is 87, which is 9% lower than the South Carolina average and 13% lower than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Seneca, SC are 7% lower than the South Carolina average and 6% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Seneca is 9% lower than the South Carolina average.
  • The cost of living in Seneca is 13% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Seneca is 29% 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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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$60,240$5,020$1,406$1,807
Renters$22,041$1,837$514$661
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 Seneca, 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. Seneca, SC has a median income of about $60,240 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,406 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $22,041. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $514 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%
The South Carolina sales tax and South Carolina income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Seneca, SC. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The South Carolina sales tax is 6% and the maximum surtax is 9%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The South Carolina income tax rates range from 0% to 7%.

Goods & Services

ItemSenecaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $12.75$14.5912.6%
Beauty Salon $40.00$34.6815.3%
Toothpaste $3.52$2.4742.3%
Shampoo $1.09$1.026.7%
Movie $9.13$9.877.5%
Bowling $3.50$4.3920.3%

Groceries

ItemSenecaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.79$4.487.0%
Fried Chicken $1.55$1.465.9%
Milk $2.60$2.3610.3%
Potatoes $2.82$3.067.9%
Pizza $10.00$9.248.2%
Beer $8.32$8.633.6%

Health Care

ItemSenecaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $100.00$99.780.2%
Doctor $96.33$105.038.3%
Dentist $82.00$88.707.6%
Ibuprofen $10.65$9.4113.2%
Lipitor $277.99$298.506.9%

Housing

ItemSenecaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $128,000.00$175,700.0027.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $732.54$1,081.0332.2%
Apartment Rent $605.00$920.0034.2%

Transportation

ItemSenecaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.70$2.0918.8%
Tire Balancing $37.00$45.2918.3%

Utilities

ItemSenecaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$144.62$170.8015.3%
Phone $30.95$28.269.5%
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.
Newry, SC7178-22%
Salem, SC12679-21%
West Union, SC32179-21%
Avalon, GA19080-20%
Walhalla, SC4,23181-19%
Seneca, SC8,14787-13%

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Grand Blanc, MI8,14790-10%
Oak Grove, MN8,14511313%
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Calimesa, CA8,1431066%
Prien, LA8,14294-6%
Seneca, SC8,14787-13%
Source: The Seneca, SC cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.