Williamston 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.
IndexWilliamstonSouth CarolinaNational
Cost of living index8395100
IndexWilliamstonSouth CarolinaNational
Goods & Services index94101100
Groceries index103109100
Health care index95100100
Housing index5780100
Transportation index8193100
Utilities index95104100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Williamston, SC cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Williamston, SC is 83, which is 13% lower than the South Carolina average and 17% 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 Williamston, SC are 7% lower than the South Carolina average and 6% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Williamston is 13% lower than the South Carolina average.
  • The cost of living in Williamston is 17% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Williamston is 43% 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$44,007$3,667$1,027$1,320
Renters$27,019$2,252$630$811
The affordability of the housing market in Williamston, 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 Williamston, SC homeowners, the median income is $44,007. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,027 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $27,019. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $630 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%
The South Carolina sales tax and South Carolina income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Williamston, 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

ItemWilliamstonNational 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

ItemWilliamstonNational 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

ItemWilliamstonNational 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

ItemWilliamstonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $90,700.00$175,700.0048.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $732.54$1,081.0332.2%
Apartment Rent $647.00$920.0029.7%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemWilliamstonNational 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.
Princeton, SC6075-25%
Judson, SC2,02885-15%
Honea Path, SC3,61079-21%
West Pelzer, SC84480-20%
Homeland Park, SC6,57481-19%
Williamston, SC4,00383-17%

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Menands, NY4,00411616%
Williamston, SC4,00383-17%
Source: The Williamston, SC cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.