Columbus 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.
IndexColumbusOhioNational
Cost of living index8991100
IndexColumbusOhioNational
Goods & Services index9696100
Groceries index9099100
Health care index9796100
Housing index7976100
Transportation index8395100
Utilities index96101100

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  • The cost of living in Columbus is 2% lower than the Ohio average.
  • The cost of living in Columbus is 11% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Columbus is 21% 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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Ohio Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Ohio5.75%8%

Ohio Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Ohio0.528%5.333%

Goods & Services

ItemColumbusNational avg.Difference
Haircut $11.20$14.5923.3%
Beauty Salon $33.20$34.684.3%
Toothpaste $1.78$2.4728.0%
Shampoo $0.91$1.0211.0%
Movie $9.31$9.875.7%
Bowling $4.25$4.393.2%

Groceries

ItemColumbusNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.73$4.485.7%
Fried Chicken $1.17$1.4620.1%
Milk $1.88$2.3620.2%
Potatoes $2.37$3.0622.6%
Pizza $9.99$9.248.1%
Beer $7.99$8.637.4%

Health Care

ItemColumbusNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $59.90$99.7840.0%
Doctor $111.67$105.036.3%
Dentist $94.00$88.706.0%
Ibuprofen $7.49$9.4120.4%
Lipitor $267.15$298.5010.5%

Housing

ItemColumbusNational avg.Difference
Home Price $134,900.00$181,400.0025.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $836.00$1,081.0322.7%
Apartment Rent $794.00$889.0010.7%

Transportation

ItemColumbusNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.75$2.0916.6%
Tire Balancing $36.75$45.2918.8%

Utilities

ItemColumbusNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$161.00$170.805.7%
Phone $27.99$28.260.9%
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.
Hilltop, OH58378-22%
Urbancrest, OH1,04780-20%
Orient, OH29981-19%
McKinley Heights, OH1,06381-19%
Derby, OH28883-17%
Columbus, OH790,16889-11%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Austin, TX799,9391044%
San Francisco, CA807,75518484%
Indianapolis, IN822,00688-12%
Jacksonville, FL823,652100-0%
Fort Worth, TX743,86595-5%
Columbus, OH790,16889-11%
Source: The Columbus, OH cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.