West Columbia 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.
IndexWest ColumbiaSouth CarolinaNational
Cost of living index9595100
IndexWest ColumbiaSouth CarolinaNational
Goods & Services index102101100
Groceries index111109100
Health care index98100100
Housing index7980100
Transportation index9693100
Utilities index98104100
A general overview of the cost of living index for West Columbia, SC is displayed above. In West Columbia, SC, the overall cost of living index is 95, which is equal to the South Carolina average and 5% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of West Columbia, SC, the city's goods and services are 2% higher than the South Carolina average and 2% higher than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in West Columbia is equal to the South Carolina average.
  • The cost of living in West Columbia is 5% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in West Columbia is 21% 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$54,657$4,555$1,275$1,640
Renters$31,404$2,617$733$942
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in West Columbia, SC, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In West Columbia, SC homeowners have a median income of $54,657. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,275 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $31,404, which means there is a maximum of $733 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

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 West Columbia, 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

ItemWest ColumbiaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.33$14.5918.8%
Beauty Salon $38.33$34.6810.5%
Toothpaste $3.46$2.4739.9%
Shampoo $1.34$1.0231.1%
Movie $13.26$9.8734.4%
Bowling $3.88$4.3911.7%

Groceries

ItemWest ColumbiaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $5.49$4.4822.6%
Fried Chicken $1.49$1.461.8%
Milk $2.77$2.3617.5%
Potatoes $3.59$3.0617.3%
Pizza $7.99$9.2413.6%
Beer $8.41$8.632.6%

Health Care

ItemWest ColumbiaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $97.50$99.782.3%
Doctor $97.50$105.037.2%
Dentist $85.00$88.704.2%
Ibuprofen $9.49$9.410.8%
Lipitor $319.22$298.506.9%

Housing

ItemWest ColumbiaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $130,600.00$175,700.0025.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $734.00$1,081.0332.1%
Apartment Rent $824.00$920.0010.4%

Transportation

ItemWest ColumbiaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.00$2.094.4%
Tire Balancing $44.00$45.292.8%

Utilities

ItemWest ColumbiaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$178.74$170.804.7%
Phone $24.99$28.2611.6%
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.
Springdale, SC2,21687-13%
Hopkins, SC3,25788-12%
Gaston, SC1,57189-11%
St. Andrews, SC21,29891-9%
Woodfield, SC9,48492-8%
West Columbia, SC15,62395-5%

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West Columbia, SC15,62395-5%
Source: The West Columbia, SC cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.