Cost of living in Charleston, South Carolina, United States

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $14
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $7
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $3.96
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.84
12 eggs, large $3.07
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.97
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $8
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.72
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.88
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.15
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $11
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.67
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.30
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $2,268
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $1,335
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $165
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $1,692
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $1,154
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $171
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $43
40” flat screen TV $333
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $94
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $9
Hourly rate for cleaning help $21
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $46
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $35
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $66
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $92
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $25,232
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.55
Monthly ticket public transport $47
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $18
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $7
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $2.50
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $92
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $2.72
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $7
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.61
Tube of toothpaste $1.85
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $21
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $33
2 tickets to the movies $22
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $96
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $58
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $9
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $5.01
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.92
iPad Air 2, 64GB $483
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district $74
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $5.71
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 387 prices entered by 28 different people.
Latest price update: September 19, 2017.

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