Cost of Living

Pickens County's low cost of living offers local firms another competitive advantage over companies located in other parts of the US.  Situated in the Greenville MSA, Pickens County's cost of living index is considerably lower than those in areas such as Atlanta, GA; Charleston, SC; Boston, MA; and Newark, NJ.

2015 Cost of Living Index for Selected Cities


(annual Averages)
 Index Pickens County, SC
(Greenville MSA)
Atlanta, GA
Charleston, SC Los Angeles, CA Boston, MA Newark, NJ
Composite Index
93.9
99.9  101.0
140.3
144.3
126.6
Grocery Index 103.5  103.7
106.6
106.3
105.0
109.8
Housing Index 80.0
97.4
96.2
213.3
193.7
163.5
Utilities Index 93.6
93.5
115.4 115.6
151.7
114.1
Transportation Index 90.7
105.0  91.5
132.7
110.0
109.1
Healthcare Index 104.4
101.4 106.4 109.3 130.4 106.6
Misc. Good and Services Index
101.8 101.5
100.7
106.1
129.2
114.4

Source: Source:  2015 Quarterly Cost of Living Index (www.coli.org), The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER),  www.C2ER.org

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