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 $15
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $8
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $4.38
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.91
12 eggs, large $2.58
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.21
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $7
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.04
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.69
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.25
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $12
2 liters of Coca-Cola $2.03
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.19
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $1,871
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $1,355
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $181
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $1,669
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $1,160
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $145
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $49
40” flat screen TV $372
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $107
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $11
Hourly rate for cleaning help $23
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $53
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $37
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $80
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $101
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $24,546
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.64
Monthly ticket public transport $47
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $17
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $6
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $16
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $114
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $6
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.08
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $7
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.46
Tube of toothpaste $1.87
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $20
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $44
2 tickets to the movies $24
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $119
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $68
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $10
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $5.25
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $7
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB $429
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.47
1 month of gym membership in business district $62
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $5.76
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 279 prices entered by 29 different people.
Latest price update: October 17, 2018.

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