Overall 5%
Goods & Services 2%
Housing 22%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2020 and was released from C2ER in January, 2021; this is the most current data available.
The cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. For example, if the cost of living is 90, then it is 10% lower than average. If the cost of living is 110, then it is 10% higher than average. The breakdown for each index is as follows: goods & services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). If the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used.
IndexConwaySouth CarolinaNational
Cost of living9594100
Goods & Services10299100
Health care10794100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Conway is 1% higher than the South Carolina average
  • The cost of living in Conway is 5% lower than the national average
  • Conway housing is 22% 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 percentage of monthly income spent on housing related expenses can help predict the affordability of housing in Conway, SC, as well as what the overall cost of living might be. 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 payments and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Conway, homeowners have a median income of $55,253. Using that number, a maximum of $1,289 per month should be allocated to housing expenses. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $20,007, which means there is a maximum of $467 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%

      Goods & Services

      ItemConwayNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $15.00$18.6219.5%
      Beauty Salon $42.50$39.058.8%
      Toothpaste $3.23$2.3438.0%
      Shampoo $1.07$1.061.3%
      Movie $10.35$10.683.1%
      Bowling $13.67$14.676.8%


      ItemConwayNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.32$4.222.3%
      Fried Chicken $1.48$1.396.8%
      Milk $2.58$2.0525.9%
      Potatoes $4.30$3.2930.8%
      Pizza $8.99$10.6215.4%
      Beer $9.69$9.383.3%

      Health Care

      ItemConwayNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $116.40$108.577.2%
      Doctor $121.67$116.174.7%
      Dentist $120.22$99.1321.3%
      Ibuprofen $7.97$9.6817.6%
      Lipitor $418.23$466.9210.4%


      ItemConwayNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $145,900.00$184,700.0021.0%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,047.17$1,197.4212.5%
      Apartment Rent $723.00$949.0023.8%


      ItemConwayNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.50$2.2212.5%
      Tire Balancing $63.96$50.0727.8%


      ItemConwayNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$180.80$167.677.8%
      Phone $177.09$175.640.8%
      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.
      Bucksport, SC80589-11%
      Aynor, SC63494-6%
      Loris, SC2,54795-5%
      Forestbrook, SC5,21897-3%
      Socastee, SC22,78697-3%
      Conway, SC20,63195-5%

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      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Havelock, NC20,63097-3%
      Milwaukie, OR20,64311818%
      Mandan, ND20,61398-2%
      Lomita, CA20,65215454%
      Hayesville, OR20,6531066%
      Conway, SC20,63195-5%
      Source: The Conway, SC cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2020.