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With the exception of Florida and Virginia, it’s more expensive to live in South Carolina than any other Southern state …

Wait … what?

We’re talking about the Palmetto state, right? Which consistently ranks near the top of the U.S. unemployment rankings? Where poverty is soaring? And where household income consistently lags behind the rest of the nation?

Yup, we’re talking about South Carolina – which currently ranks 26th in the nation in terms of its cost of living index (just below the national average). That means it’s more expensive to live here than it is to live in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee or Texas.