Blue Ash 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.
IndexBlue AshOhioNational
Cost of living index10491100
IndexBlue AshOhioNational
Goods & Services index9396100
Groceries index9399100
Health care index9596100
Housing index12375100
Transportation index9695100
Utilities index106101100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Blue Ash, OH is displayed above. In Blue Ash, OH, the overall cost of living index is 104, which is 14% higher than the Ohio average and 4% higher 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 Blue Ash, OH, the city's goods and services are 3% lower than the Ohio average and 7% lower than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Blue Ash is 14% higher than the Ohio average.
  • The cost of living in Blue Ash is 4% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Blue Ash is 23% higher 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$81,597$6,800$1,904$2,448
Renters$47,131$3,928$1,100$1,414
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Blue Ash, OH, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Blue Ash, OH, the median monthly income is $81,597 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,904 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $47,131, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $1,100 on monthly rental expenses.

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 Blue Ash, 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

ItemBlue AshNational avg.Difference
Haircut $12.50$14.5914.3%
Beauty Salon $32.61$34.686.0%
Toothpaste $2.54$2.472.7%
Shampoo $0.88$1.0213.9%
Movie $9.72$9.871.5%
Bowling $4.08$4.397.1%

Groceries

ItemBlue AshNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.21$4.486.0%
Fried Chicken $1.08$1.4626.2%
Milk $1.63$2.3630.8%
Potatoes $3.00$3.062.0%
Pizza $8.19$9.2411.4%
Beer $8.22$8.634.8%

Health Care

ItemBlue AshNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $90.90$99.788.9%
Doctor $92.83$105.0311.6%
Dentist $83.38$88.706.0%
Ibuprofen $8.10$9.4113.9%
Lipitor $317.61$298.506.4%

Housing

ItemBlue AshNational avg.Difference
Home Price $223,700.00$175,700.0027.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $812.88$1,081.0324.8%
Apartment Rent $1,030.00$920.0012.0%

Transportation

ItemBlue AshNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.03$2.093.1%
Tire Balancing $42.99$45.295.1%

Utilities

ItemBlue AshNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$202.79$170.8018.7%
Phone $24.99$28.2611.6%
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.
Plainville, OH1196-4%
Brecon, OH25669-31%
New Baltimore, OH52378-22%
Elmwood Place, OH1,88780-20%
Lincoln Heights, OH3,34882-18%
Blue Ash, OH12,1241044%

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Dallas, GA12,12994-6%
Blue Ash, OH12,1241044%
Source: The Blue Ash, OH cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.