Bellefontaine 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.
IndexBellefontaineOhioNational
Cost of living index9091100
IndexBellefontaineOhioNational
Goods & Services index9896100
Groceries index10699100
Health care index10996100
Housing index6475100
Transportation index9695100
Utilities index109101100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Bellefontaine, OH is displayed above. In Bellefontaine, OH, the overall cost of living index is 90, which is 1% lower than the Ohio average and 10% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Bellefontaine, OH, the city's goods and services are 2% higher than the Ohio average and 3% lower than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Bellefontaine is 1% lower than the Ohio average.
  • The cost of living in Bellefontaine is 10% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Bellefontaine is 36% 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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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$52,363$4,364$1,222$1,571
Renters$28,000$2,333$653$840
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 Bellefontaine, 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. Bellefontaine, OH has a median income of about $52,363 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,222 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $28,000. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $653 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%
The Ohio sales tax and Ohio income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Bellefontaine, OH. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Ohio sales tax is 5.75% and the maximum surtax is 8%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Ohio income tax rates range from 0.528% to 5.333%.

Goods & Services

ItemBellefontaineNational avg.Difference
Haircut $12.00$14.5917.8%
Beauty Salon $26.90$34.6822.4%
Toothpaste $2.21$2.4710.6%
Shampoo $1.11$1.028.6%
Movie $11.00$9.8711.5%
Bowling $3.73$4.3915.1%

Groceries

ItemBellefontaineNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.35$4.482.8%
Fried Chicken $1.37$1.466.4%
Milk $2.42$2.362.7%
Potatoes $2.74$3.0610.5%
Pizza $8.99$9.242.7%
Beer $8.24$8.634.6%

Health Care

ItemBellefontaineNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $85.67$99.7814.1%
Doctor $88.50$105.0315.7%
Dentist $116.25$88.7031.1%
Ibuprofen $9.65$9.412.5%
Lipitor $329.32$298.5010.3%

Housing

ItemBellefontaineNational avg.Difference
Home Price $100,600.00$175,700.0042.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $899.00$1,081.0316.8%
Apartment Rent $731.00$920.0020.5%

Transportation

ItemBellefontaineNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.96$2.096.2%
Tire Balancing $46.92$45.293.6%

Utilities

ItemBellefontaineNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$190.55$170.8011.6%
Phone $29.95$28.266.0%
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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East Liberty, OH23882-18%
New Hampshire, OH16183-17%
Valley Hi, OH30284-16%
Quincy, OH61284-16%
Bellefontaine, OH13,14190-10%

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Source: The Bellefontaine, OH cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.