Amherst cost of living index

In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.
IndexAmherstOhioNational
Cost of living index9891100
IndexAmherstOhioNational
Goods & Services index10596100
Groceries index10799100
Health care index11496100
Housing index8575100
Transportation index9795100
Utilities index100101100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Amherst, OH is shown above. Compared to the state average of Ohio the cost of living index in Amherst, OH is 98, which is 9% higher than the average in Ohio and compared to the national average it is 2% lower than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Amherst, OH goods and services come in at 9% higher than the average in Ohio and are 5% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Amherst is 9% higher than the Ohio average.
  • The cost of living in Amherst is 2% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Amherst is 15% lower than the national average.
  • Ohio general sales tax is 13% higher than the national average.
  • Ohio state income tax is 76% lower than the national average.

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The salary calculator is used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Amherst, OH to another city of your choice. The calculator will inform you of what your salary needs to be in any specific city in order for you to maintain your living standard based on what the city’s cost of living is. As an example, if you are seeking to move to a city that has a higher cost of living compared to Amherst, OH, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Amherst, OH salary calculator, input the new city’s name and then move the slider to indicate your current income. The salary calculator will now process the numbers and show you whether you need to earn more or less in the chosen city. A comprehensive breakdown of the cost of living will also be shown.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$72,730$6,061$1,697$2,182
Renters$41,983$3,499$980$1,260
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Amherst, OH, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Amherst, OH has a median income of about $72,730 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,697 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $41,983. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $980 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Ohio Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Ohio5.75%8%

Ohio Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Ohio0.528%5.333%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Amherst, OH is the Ohio sales tax and Ohio income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The Ohio sales tax rate is 5.75% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 8%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The Ohio income tax rates range from 0.528% to 5.333%.

Goods & Services

ItemAmherstNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.45$14.5919.6%
Beauty Salon $41.75$34.6820.4%
Toothpaste $2.64$2.476.7%
Shampoo $1.03$1.020.8%
Movie $10.15$9.872.9%
Bowling $4.29$4.392.3%

Groceries

ItemAmherstNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.86$4.488.6%
Fried Chicken $1.54$1.465.2%
Milk $2.69$2.3614.1%
Potatoes $2.79$3.068.9%
Pizza $11.00$9.2419.0%
Beer $7.99$8.637.4%

Health Care

ItemAmherstNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $84.74$99.7815.1%
Doctor $115.50$105.0310.0%
Dentist $115.00$88.7029.6%
Ibuprofen $11.07$9.4117.6%
Lipitor $302.96$298.501.5%

Housing

ItemAmherstNational avg.Difference
Home Price $149,400.00$175,700.0015.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,001.84$1,081.037.3%
Apartment Rent $795.00$920.0013.6%

Transportation

ItemAmherstNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.99$2.094.9%
Tire Balancing $45.52$45.290.5%

Utilities

ItemAmherstNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$165.58$170.803.1%
Phone $29.58$28.264.7%
Although the cost of living data is updated regularly, this cost of living information is to be used as estimates only as prices can change on an ongoing basis.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Kipton, OH26080-20%
Lorain, OH63,88590-10%
Elyria, OH54,21691-9%
Eaton Estates, OH77693-7%
Wakeman, OH94985-15%
Amherst, OH12,08098-2%

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Carnot-Moon, PA12,08199-1%
Mountain House, CA12,08813838%
Bogalusa, LA12,07182-18%
Trenton, OH12,09194-6%
Fort Mill, SC12,0681011%
Amherst, OH12,08098-2%
Source: The Amherst, OH cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.