Berea 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.
IndexBereaOhioNational
Cost of living index9591100
IndexBereaOhioNational
Goods & Services index10596100
Groceries index10799100
Health care index11496100
Housing index7375100
Transportation index9795100
Utilities index100101100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Berea, OH cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Ohio and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Berea, OH is 95, which is 4% higher than the Ohio average and 5% lower than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Berea, OH are 9% higher than the average for Ohio and 5% higher than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Berea is 4% higher than the Ohio average.
  • The cost of living in Berea is 5% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Berea is 27% 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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Using the salary calculator lets you compare the salary you earn in Berea, OH to what it is in other cities. It will let you know what your earnings would have to be in another city to have the same standard of living, as determined by the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the area you want to move to is higher than the cost of living in Berea, OH, you have to earn a higher income in order to still have the same standard of living. To operate the Berea, OH salary calculator, put in the name of the other city, then move the slider to the point that represents the current income. The salary calculator will take care of the rest and tell you how much more or less you must earn in the new city. A Total breakdown of the cost of living is also provided.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$68,005$5,667$1,587$2,040
Renters$33,132$2,761$773$994
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Berea, OH as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Berea, OH homeowners, is $68,005. This would allow for a maximum of $1,587 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $33,132 which would result in a maximum of $773 to be spent on rental costs.

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 Berea, 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

ItemBereaNational 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

ItemBereaNational 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

ItemBereaNational 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

ItemBereaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $127,000.00$175,700.0027.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,001.84$1,081.037.3%
Apartment Rent $690.00$920.0025.0%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemBereaNational 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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
East Cleveland, OH17,61986-14%
Cleveland, OH392,11488-12%
Linndale, OH19088-12%
Newburgh Heights, OH2,00089-11%
Kinsman Center, OH52290-10%
Berea, OH19,04495-5%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Lake Shore, MD19,04512323%
Lynn Haven, FL19,04994-6%
Angleton, TX19,03484-16%
Lexington, NC19,02984-16%
Niles, OH19,02877-23%
Berea, OH19,04495-5%
Source: The Berea, OH cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.