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Cost of Living in Columbia

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Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 70.76
Rent Index: 30.45
Groceries Index: 77.26
Restaurants Index: 61.82
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 51.75
Local Purchasing Power: 88.64
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 10.00 $ 9.50-15.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 45.00 $ 29.00-50.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.00 $ 5.50-8.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3.00 $ 3.00-3.56
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 4.00 $ 4.00-5.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.11 $ 3.00-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.66 $ 1.25-2.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.26 $ 1.00-1.59
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.78 $ 3.50-4.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.27 $ 1.50-2.71
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.81 $ 1.50-2.00
Eggs (12) 2.70 $ 2.00-3.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.03 $ 3.50-7.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 4.17 $ 3.00-5.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.89 $ 5.69-5.99
Apples (1 lb) 2.54 $ 1.99-4.00
Banana (1 lb) 0.73 $ 0.69-0.89
Oranges (1 lb) 2.00 $ 1.50-2.50
Tomato (1 lb) 1.94 $ 1.38-2.50
Potato (1 lb) 1.50 $ 0.99-2.50
Onion (1 lb) 0.99 $
Lettuce (1 head) 1.52 $ 1.00-2.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.00 $ 2.00-2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 14.00 $ 12.00-15.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.00 $ 0.75-1.50
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.00 $ 1.25-3.25
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 5.00 $ 5.00-5.35
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.50 $ 1.50-2.85
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 40.00 $ 35.00-40.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.00 $ 2.00-2.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.78 $
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 50.00 $
Gasoline (1 gallon) 1.87 $ 1.60-2.06
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,087.50 $ 20,175.00-24,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,334.67 $ 18,004.00-24,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 143.76 $ 121.99-185.88
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.10 $ 0.10-0.10
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 53.77 $ 40.00-69.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 33.88 $ 22.00-50.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 0.00 $
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 9.50 $ 8.50-12.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 40.67 $ 35.00-49.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 39.83 $ 20.00-65.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 72.71 $ 60.00-85.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 113.00 $ 88.00-150.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 853.12 $ 700.00-1,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 666.67 $ 550.00-850.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,550.00 $ 1,200.00-2,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,106.25 $ 950.00-1,200.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 115.10 $ 73.00-145.00
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 86.32 $ 48.60-135.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax) 1,772.75 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 4.50 4.00-5.00

Prices in Columbia, South Carolina, United States

These data are based on 428 entries in the past 18 months from 54 different contributors.
Last update: September, 2016
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Cost of living in Columbia is 29.24% lower than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 813.48$ and for four person family at 2,905.69$ (without rent).
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7 Comments so far

##ST on Nov 12, 2015 :
Looking to take a temp assignment in Columbia SC. Where are the better areas to look for extended stay?
#Yeah on Nov 03, 2015 :
First guy is clearly racist. If you have money then you won't live in a crime stricken area....Chapin is filled with rednecks so minirities beware so is Lexington..Richland County is very liberal and a great place to live. Columbia is a very average city, if you have money you're good, if you don't you live in poor areas. Race has nothing to do with it.
#Roy on Dec 26, 2013 :
If your are planning on moving here, DO NOT move into Richland County or the City of Columbia. They have raised taxes yearly, added electric bill extra tax(Mayor Benji did that), extra penny sales tax, no idea what they would spend it on. I would look into Lexington County. The greedy politicians are not as bad in that county(YET). Crime is bad out the Two Notch Road area in Richland County. We have a large amount of minorities and crime/robbery/murder seems to just be their thing to do. Fortunately, South Carolina is firearm friendly for good people and you can carry most places with permit which is not hard to get if you meet the rules. Dont get me wrong, it is nowhere like Chicago or New York City where good folks cant have firearms to protect themselves.
#justin on Sep 25, 2013 :
Currently in columbia,sc. A lot of crime here especially downtown and near st. Andrews area. Would recommend living in chapin or lexington since those areas havent been run down yet.
#wayne on Jun 23, 2013 :
well, i`ve been out pacific northwest along time. For now i am renting a motel till the end of the month.I was born in Columbia sc. Richland Memorial Hospital. I am asking for feed back about the area. I lost my vehecle in a impound yard. So i have to rely on either a cab, bus, or other means. Ok so price range as i am retired. Pention and ssdi. I am comfortable at around 500.00 per month with utilities included. Any help appreciated, thank you.
#Brianna on May 25, 2013 :
I live in the Eau Claire area of Columbia and it isn't the greatest area, but the St. Andrews area and Downtown are wonderful. Depending on your price range, there are great apartments, condo's and houses in and around the city. Feel free to email me if you want some more details :)
#mhel on Nov 06, 2012 :
can i know more about columbia, south carolina? what is the basic livelihood of people there? Is it a peaceful city? Are there more nightlife ?