Cost of living in Columbia, South Carolina, United States

List of prices in Columbia, South Carolina, United States. Current as of Mar 2019.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $11
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $6
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $2.90
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.91
12 eggs, large $1.94
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $3.15
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $4.79
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.43
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.49
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.06
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $19
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.78
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.51
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $1,116
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $872
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $279
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $1,024
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $737
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $114
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $40
40” flat screen TV $434
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $100
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $7
Hourly rate for cleaning help $18
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $45
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $49
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $81
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $150
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $22,222
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.65
Monthly ticket public transport $54
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) -
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $7
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $12
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $65
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $4.97
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $4.47
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.50
Tube of toothpaste $1.66
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $18
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $40
2 tickets to the movies $23
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $82
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $84
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $9
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $5.00
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.02
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB $340
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district $54
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $6
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 243 prices entered by 26 different people.
Latest price update: March 14, 2019

Columbia, South Carolina position in our World Ranking

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162nd
out of 332
n. america
81st
out of 95
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68th
out of 78

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