These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In South Carolina


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:

  1. Mount Pleasant (Photos)
  2. Hilton Head Island (Photos)
  3. Charleston (Photos)
  4. Tega Cay
  5. Bluffton (Photos)
  6. Beaufort (Photos)
  7. North Myrtle Beach (Photos)
  8. Summerville (Photos)
  9. Port Royal (Photos)
  10. Greenville (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Abbeville is the most affordable city in South Carolina.

Read on to see why these places cost so much more than average. Or check out the most affordable places in South Carolina.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Cities In South Carolina

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.

For reference, the United State averages a cost of living 100. A score below 100 means that the city has a below average cost of living while a score over 100 has a high cost of living for that category.

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.

The city with the highest cost of living index, Mount Pleasant, rank as being the most expensive.

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1. Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 72,379
Services Index: 102
Groceries Index: 108
Housing Index: 177
Healthcare Index: 107
Transportation Index: 94
Utilities Index: 112

2. Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 38,497
Services Index: 102
Groceries Index: 116
Housing Index: 221
Healthcare Index: 98
Transportation Index: 94
Utilities Index: 107

3. Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 125,458
Services Index: 102
Groceries Index: 108
Housing Index: 131
Healthcare Index: 107
Transportation Index: 94
Utilities Index: 112

4. Tega Cay

Source: Google Maps

Population: 8,224
Services Index: 97
Groceries Index: 100
Housing Index: 151
Healthcare Index: 101
Transportation Index: 100
Utilities Index: 110

5. Bluffton

Bluffton, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,979
Services Index: 102
Groceries Index: 116
Housing Index: 132
Healthcare Index: 98
Transportation Index: 94
Utilities Index: 107

6. Beaufort

Beaufort, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,702
Services Index: 102
Groceries Index: 116
Housing Index: 123
Healthcare Index: 98
Transportation Index: 94
Utilities Index: 107

7. North Myrtle Beach

North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,485
Services Index: 98
Groceries Index: 104
Housing Index: 125
Healthcare Index: 97
Transportation Index: 99
Utilities Index: 115

8. Summerville

Summerville, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 44,717
Services Index: 102
Groceries Index: 108
Housing Index: 102
Healthcare Index: 107
Transportation Index: 94
Utilities Index: 112

9. Port Royal

Port Royal, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,264
Services Index: 102
Groceries Index: 116
Housing Index: 104
Healthcare Index: 98
Transportation Index: 94
Utilities Index: 107

10. Greenville

Greenville, South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 60,670
Services Index: 106
Groceries Index: 110
Housing Index: 102
Healthcare Index: 105
Transportation Index: 96
Utilities Index: 98

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 exensive city in the Palmetto State.

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

  1. Abbeville
  2. Greenwood
  3. Chester

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In South Carolina

City Rank Population Services Groceries Healthcare Housing Transportation Utilities
Mount Pleasant 1 72,379 102 108 107 177 94 112
Hilton Head Island 2 38,497 102 116 98 221 94 107
Charleston 3 125,458 102 108 107 131 94 112
Tega Cay 4 8,224 97 100 101 151 100 110
Bluffton 5 13,979 102 116 98 132 94 107
Beaufort 6 12,702 102 116 98 123 94 107
North Myrtle Beach 7 14,485 98 104 97 125 99 115
Summerville 8 44,717 102 108 107 102 94 112
Port Royal 9 11,264 102 116 98 104 94 107
Greenville 10 60,670 106 110 105 102 96 98
Goose Creek 11 38,545 102 108 107 100 94 112
Hanahan 12 18,999 102 108 107 98 94 112
Forest Acres 13 10,533 102 111 98 98 96 98
Fort Mill 14 12,068 97 100 101 99 100 110
Myrtle Beach 15 28,455 98 104 97 94 99 115
Lexington 16 19,007 102 111 98 94 96 98
Camden 17 6,931 102 111 98 92 96 98
Columbia 18 131,331 102 111 98 89 96 98
Mauldin 19 23,985 106 110 105 86 96 98
North Charleston 20 102,143 102 108 107 83 94 112
Moncks Corner 21 8,711 102 108 107 81 94 112
Simpsonville 22 19,219 106 110 105 81 96 98
Conway 23 18,645 98 104 97 83 99 115
Irmo 24 11,518 102 111 98 81 96 98
Walterboro 25 5,339 102 116 98 80 94 107
Greer 26 26,626 106 110 105 78 96 98
Florence 27 37,512 98 104 97 79 99 115
Aiken 28 29,980 98 91 93 98 89 90
Clemson 29 14,254 94 103 95 97 81 95
Easley 30 20,242 106 110 105 76 96 98
West Columbia 31 15,623 102 111 98 76 96 98
Cayce 32 12,944 102 111 98 75 96 98
Rock Hill 33 68,185 97 100 101 77 100 110
Sumter 34 40,819 102 111 98 72 96 98
Clover 35 5,321 97 100 101 72 100 110
Orangeburg 36 13,790 102 111 98 70 96 98
Spartanburg 37 37,216 106 110 105 67 96 98
Georgetown 38 9,110 98 104 97 69 99 115
York 39 7,913 97 100 101 69 100 110
Hartsville 40 7,857 102 111 98 66 96 98
Fountain Inn 41 8,031 106 110 105 64 96 98
Newberry 42 10,259 102 111 98 65 96 98
North Augusta 43 21,832 98 91 93 80 89 90
Batesburg-Leesville 44 5,242 102 111 98 60 96 98
Lancaster 45 8,801 97 100 101 63 100 110
Dillon 46 6,731 98 104 97 56 99 115
Lake City 47 6,720 98 104 97 55 99 115
Anderson 48 26,798 94 103 95 72 81 95
Gaffney 49 12,565 106 110 105 53 96 98
Marion 50 6,833 98 104 97 54 99 115
Laurens 51 9,136 106 110 105 51 96 98
Clinton 52 8,525 106 110 105 51 96 98
Union 53 8,191 106 110 105 51 96 98
Central 54 5,170 94 103 95 70 81 95
Darlington 55 6,232 102 111 98 51 96 98
Seneca 56 8,147 94 103 95 68 81 95
Cheraw 57 5,809 97 100 101 50 100 110
Bennettsville 58 8,928 97 100 101 49 100 110
Chester 59 5,543 97 100 101 44 100 110
Greenwood 60 23,296 94 103 95 56 81 95
Abbeville 61 5,207 94 103 95 54 81 95

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