Burton 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.
IndexBurtonSouth CarolinaNational
Cost of living index9594100
IndexBurtonSouth CarolinaNational
Goods & Services index106102100
Groceries index103102100
Health care index9995100
Housing index7680100
Transportation index9690100
Utilities index105107100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Burton, SC is shown above. Compared to the state average of South Carolina the cost of living index in Burton, SC is 95, which is 1% higher 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 Burton, SC goods and services come in at 5% higher than the average in South Carolina and are 6% higher than compared to the nationwide average.
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  • The cost of living in Burton is 1% higher than the South Carolina average.
  • The cost of living in Burton is 5% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Burton is 24% 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)
The affordability of the housing market in Burton, 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 Burton, SC homeowners, the median income is $51,444. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,200 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $43,886. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $1,024 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%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Burton, SC, it's important to take into account the sales tax for South Carolina, as well as the rate for income tax in South Carolina. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for South Carolina is 9%, and the sales tax in the state of South Carolina is 6%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in South Carolina starts from 0% and goes up to 7%.

Goods & Services

ItemBurtonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.50$17.495.8%
Beauty Salon $60.00$38.1757.2%
Toothpaste $2.13$2.328.2%
Shampoo $0.90$1.0111.1%
Movie $10.00$10.726.8%
Bowling $15.00$13.868.2%


ItemBurtonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.99$3.902.3%
Fried Chicken $1.42$1.401.7%
Milk $2.01$1.962.4%
Potatoes $3.49$3.189.6%
Pizza $9.69$10.396.8%
Beer $9.82$9.236.4%

Health Care

ItemBurtonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $157.50$106.3448.1%
Doctor $107.50$115.256.7%
Dentist $99.00$98.380.6%
Ibuprofen $8.86$9.264.3%
Lipitor $413.48$466.4711.4%


ItemBurtonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $124,600.00$184,700.0032.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,474.06$1,273.3215.8%
Apartment Rent $903.00$949.004.8%


ItemBurtonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.58$2.590.4%
Tire Balancing $45.00$48.908.0%


ItemBurtonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$181.91$167.608.5%
Phone $181.06$163.4210.8%
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.
Ridgeland, SC4,11694-6%
Laurel Bay, SC6,65197-3%
Shell Point, SC2,34399-1%
Beaufort, SC13,0741033%
Port Royal, SC11,8911066%
Burton, SC7,64895-5%

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Summit, WA7,64611515%
West Slope, OR7,65013939%
Ivins, UT7,6461088%
Clear Lake, IA7,64491-9%
Burton, SC7,64895-5%
Source: The Burton, SC cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.
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