Charleston, IL Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2020-03-08
Charleston's Overall Cost Of Living
Lower Than The National Average
The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in America. An index above 100 means Charleston is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in Charleston, IL?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Charleston has an overall cost of living index of 83 which is 0.8x lower than the national index of 100.

Compared to only Illinois, Charleston has a cost of living index that's 0.8x lower than Illinois's index of 98.

The standard of living in Charleston ranks as #522 most affordable out of the 6522 places we measured in Illinois. By definition, that implies Charleston ranks as the #5884 most expensive place in the Prairie State.

Charleston Cost Of Living Vs. Illinois

Living Expense Charleston Illinois National Average
Overall 83 98 100
Services 89 98 100
Groceries 91 97 100
Health 101 100 100
Housing 57 95 100
Transportation 105 112 100
Utilities 108 97 100
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Charleston, IL Housing Cost Breakdown

Housing swings affordability the most between places in Illinois, so we broke down the statistics around housing costs into more detail. It's also important to consider median household incomes to make apples-to-apples comparisons across locations.

Home and income come data comes from the most recent US Census ACS 2014-2018.

Median Home Value
Median Rent
Median Income
Statistic Charleston Illinois United States
Median Home Value $100,200 $187,200 $204,900
Median Rent $705 $984 $1,023
Median Income $36,853 $63,575 $60,293
Home Value To Income 2.7x 2.9x 3.4x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.23x 0.19x 0.2x

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Cost Of Living In Cities Around Charleston

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. Charleston
Champaign, IL 86,791 92 1.1x
Urbana, IL 42,375 90 1.1x
Mattoon, IL 17,597 81 1.0x
Effingham, IL 12,624 86 1.0x
Savoy, IL 8,654 98 1.2x
Mahomet, IL 8,327 101 1.2x
Mount Zion, IL 5,973 87 1.0x
Monticello, IL 5,809 93 1.1x
Pana, IL 5,478 79 1.0x

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