These Are The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In South Carolina For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in South Carolina that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and South Carolina does this very well. Families love the Palmetto State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in South Carolina that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state.

After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in South Carolina for 2018:

  1. Mount Pleasant (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Greenville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Charleston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Summerville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Goose Creek (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Hanahan (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Mauldin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Simpsonville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Hilton Head Island (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Bluffton (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So hopefully Abbeville (the cheapest place to live in South Carolina) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out the best places to live in South Carolina or the cheapest.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Palmetto State For 2018

There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in South Carolina to figure out which is the most expensive.

What you are left with is a ‘Cost of Living Index’ that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 61 places in South Carolina that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

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1. Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Population: 67,963
Services: 102
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 107
Housing: 177
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 112
More on Mount Pleasant: Homes For Sale | Data
Mount Pleasant is a large suburban town in Charleston County, South Carolina, United States. It is the fourth largest municipality and largest town in South Carolina, and for several years was one of the state’s fastest-growing areas, doubling in population between 1990 and 2000. The population was 67,843 at the 2010 census, and the estimated population in 2014 was 77,796. Mount Pleasant is the third largest city in the Charleston ? North Charleston ? Summerville metropolitan area, behind Charleston and North Charleston.

2. Greenville

Greenville, South Carolina

Population: 59,261
Services: 106
Groceries: 110
Health Care: 105
Housing: 102
Transportation: 96
Utilities: 98
More on Greenville: Homes For Sale | Data
Greenville (/rinvl/; locally /rinvl/) is the largest city in and the seat of Greenville County, South Carolina, United States. The city’s mayor is Knox White, who has been in that position since December 1995. With an estimated population of 67,453 as of 2016, it is the sixth-largest city in the state. The population of the surrounding area was 400,492 as of 2010, making it the third-largest urban area in South Carolina as well as the fastest growing. Greenville is the largest city in the Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin Metropolitan Statistical Area. The MSA had a population of 884,975 in 2016, making it the largest in South Carolina and the third largest in The Carolinas.

3. Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina

Population: 120,903
Services: 102
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 107
Housing: 131
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 112
More on Charleston: Homes For Sale | Data
Charleston is the oldest and largest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina, the county seat of Charleston County, and the principal city in the Charleston?North Charleston?Summerville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city lies just south of the geographical midpoint of South Carolina’s coastline and is located on Charleston Harbor, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean formed by the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper rivers. Charleston had an estimated population of 134,385 in 2016. The estimated population of the Charleston metropolitan area, comprising Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties, was 761,155 residents in 2016, the third-largest in the state and the 78th-largest metropolitan statistical area in the United States.

4. Summerville

Summerville, South Carolina

Population: 42,864
Services: 102
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 107
Housing: 102
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 112
More on Summerville: Homes For Sale | Data
Summerville is a town in the U.S. state of South Carolina situated mostly in Dorchester County with small portions in Berkeley and Charleston counties. It is part of the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population of Summerville at the 2010 census was 43,392, and the estimated population was 44,719 as of July 1, 2013.

5. Goose Creek

Goose Creek, South Carolina

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Population: 36,536
Services: 102
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 107
Housing: 100
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 112
More on Goose Creek: Homes For Sale | Data
Goose Creek is a city in Berkeley County in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The population was 35,938 at the 2010 census. Most of the Naval Weapons Station Charleston is in Goose Creek. As defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and used only by the U.S. Census Bureau and other Federal agencies for statistical purposes, Goose Creek is included within the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metropolitan area and the Charleston-North Charleston Urbanized Area.

6. Hanahan

Hanahan, South Carolina

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Population: 18,052
Services: 102
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 107
Housing: 98
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 112
More on Hanahan: Homes For Sale | Data

7. Mauldin

Mauldin, South Carolina

Population: 22,849
Services: 106
Groceries: 110
Health Care: 105
Housing: 86
Transportation: 96
Utilities: 98
More on Mauldin: Homes For Sale | Data
Mauldin is a city in Greenville County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 15,224 at the 2000 census, 22,889 in 2010, and an estimated 25,135 in 2015. It is a principal city of the Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin Metropolitan Statistical Area.

8. Simpsonville

Simpsonville, South Carolina

Population: 18,331
Services: 106
Groceries: 110
Health Care: 105
Housing: 81
Transportation: 96
Utilities: 98
More on Simpsonville: Homes For Sale | Data
Simpsonville is a city in Greenville County, South Carolina, United States. It is part of the Greenville?Mauldin?Easley Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 18,238 at the 2010 census, up from 14,352 in 2000. The population had risen to an estimated 20,736 as of 2015. Simpsonville is part of the ‘Golden Strip’, along with Mauldin and Fountain Inn, an area which is noted for having low unemployment due to a diversity of industries including Para-Chem, Kemet, Sealed Air and Milliken.

9. Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Population: 37,420
Services: 102
Groceries: 116
Health Care: 98
Housing: 221
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 107
More on Hilton Head Island: Homes For Sale | Data
Hilton Head Island, sometimes referred to as simply Hilton Head, is a Lowcountry resort town and barrier island in Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States. It is 20 miles (32 km) northeast of Savannah, Georgia, and 95 miles (153 km) southwest of Charleston. The island is named after Captain William Hilton, who in 1663 identified a headland near the entrance to Port Royal Sound, which he named ‘Hilton’s Head’ after himself. The island features 12 miles (19 km) of beachfront on the Atlantic Ocean and is a popular vacation destination. In 2004, an estimated 2.25 million visitors pumped more than $1.5 billion into the local economy. The year-round population was 37,099 at the 2010 census, although during the peak of summer vacation season the population can swell to 150,000. Over the past decade, the island’s population growth rate was 32%. Hilton Head Island is a primary city within the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort metropolitan area, which had an estimated population of 207,413 in 2015.

10. Bluffton

Bluffton, South Carolina

Population: 12,186
Services: 102
Groceries: 116
Health Care: 98
Housing: 132
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 107
More on Bluffton: Homes For Sale | Data
Bluffton is a Lowcountry town in Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States. It is primarily located around U.S. Route 278, between Hilton Head Island and Interstate 95. The town’s original one square mile area, now known as Old Town, is situated on a bluff along the May River. The population was counted by the 2010 census at 12,893. Bluffton is the fastest growing municipality in South Carolina with a population over 2,500, growing 882.7% between the 2000 and 2010 census. Bluffton is the fifth largest municipality in South Carolina by land area. The town is a primary city within the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area. Bluffton is known for its eclectic Old Town district and natural views of the May River. It has been called ‘the last true coastal village of the South.’

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in South Carolina that have the highest cost of living, with Mount Pleasant ranking as the most expensive city in the Palmetto State.

If you’re curious, here are the least expensive cities in South Carolina:

  1. Abbeville
  2. Greenwood
  3. Seneca

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In South Carolina

Rank City Population Services Groceries Health Care
1 Mount Pleasant 67,963 102 108 107
2 Greenville 59,261 106 110 105
3 Charleston 120,903 102 108 107
4 Summerville 42,864 102 108 107
5 Goose Creek 36,536 102 108 107
6 Hanahan 18,052 102 108 107
7 Mauldin 22,849 106 110 105
8 Simpsonville 18,331 106 110 105
9 Hilton Head Island 37,420 102 116 98
10 Bluffton 12,186 102 116 98
11 North Charleston 98,150 102 108 107
12 Greer 25,507 106 110 105
13 Beaufort 12,522 102 116 98
14 Moncks Corner 8,053 102 108 107
15 Port Royal 10,805 102 116 98
16 Easley 20,046 106 110 105
17 North Myrtle Beach 13,926 98 104 97
18 Spartanburg 37,333 106 110 105
19 Tega Cay 7,595 97 100 101
20 Forest Acres 10,436 102 111 98
21 Fountain Inn 7,474 106 110 105
22 Lexington 17,900 102 111 98
23 Camden 6,852 102 111 98
24 Columbia 129,757 102 111 98
25 Walterboro 5,382 102 116 98
26 Fort Mill 10,912 97 100 101
27 Myrtle Beach 27,433 98 104 97
28 Gaffney 12,473 106 110 105
29 Irmo 11,221 102 111 98
30 Union 8,362 106 110 105
31 Clinton 8,543 106 110 105
32 Laurens 9,151 106 110 105
33 Conway 17,466 98 104 97
34 West Columbia 15,194 102 111 98
35 Cayce 12,584 102 111 98
36 Florence 36,961 98 104 97
37 Sumter 40,533 102 111 98
38 Orangeburg 13,910 102 111 98
39 Rock Hill 66,264 97 100 101
40 Hartsville 7,829 102 111 98
41 Newberry 10,268 102 111 98
42 Clover 5,135 97 100 101
43 Georgetown 9,184 98 104 97
44 Batesburg-Leesville 5,220 102 111 98
45 York 7,787 97 100 101
46 Dillon 6,742 98 104 97
47 Darlington 6,291 102 111 98
48 Lake City 6,691 98 104 97
49 Lancaster 8,542 97 100 101
50 Marion 6,924 98 104 97
51 Cheraw 5,835 97 100 101
52 Bennettsville 9,088 97 100 101
53 Chester 5,622 97 100 101
54 Aiken 29,494 98 91 93
55 Clemson 13,904 94 103 95
56 North Augusta 21,224 98 91 93
57 Anderson 26,626 94 103 95
58 Central 5,082 94 103 95
59 Seneca 8,092 94 103 95
60 Greenwood 23,206 94 103 95
61 Abbeville 5,259 94 103 95

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