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.
IndexColumbusWisconsinNational
Cost of living index9897100
IndexColumbusWisconsinNational
Goods & Services index10298100
Groceries index10599100
Health care index120112100
Housing index8591100
Transportation index111103100
Utilities index96100100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Columbus, WI. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Columbus, WI being 98, that puts it 1% higher than the average of Wisconsin and 2% lower than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Columbus, WI, the price of goods and services are 5% higher than the average of Wisconsin as well as 2% higher than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Columbus is 1% higher than the Wisconsin average.
  • The cost of living in Columbus is 2% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Columbus is 15% lower than the national average.
  • Wisconsin general sales tax is 2% lower than the national average.
  • Wisconsin state income tax is 98% higher than the national average.

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The salary calculator allows you to compare how much your current salary in Columbus, WI would be worth in another city. In other words, the salary calculator will adjust the figure you enter for cost of living so that you can determine how much more or much less you would need to earn while maintaining your current quality of living. If you are considering relocating to a more expensive city than Columbus, WI, the calculator will tell you how much more you need to earn so you can assess job offers more accurately. The Columbus, WI salary calculator is easy to use. All you do is enter the name of another city, then move the slider to your current income. After that, the salary calculator will crunch the numbers for you and give you the information you need about the place you are considering going. Additionally, it will show a detailed breakdown of the cost of living.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$69,423$5,785$1,620$2,083
Renters$36,047$3,004$841$1,082
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 Columbus, WI, 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. Columbus, WI has a median income of about $69,423 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,620 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $36,047. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $841 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Wisconsin Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Wisconsin5%5.6%

Wisconsin Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Wisconsin4.4%7.65%
For those who live in Columbus, WI and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Wisconsin income tax rate and the Wisconsin sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In Wisconsin, the sales tax is 5%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 5.6%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in Wisconsin, the income tax rate ranges between 4.4% to 7.65%.

Goods & Services

ItemColumbusNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.11$15.569.9%
Beauty Salon $40.22$36.1111.4%
Toothpaste $2.72$2.4710.0%
Shampoo $1.07$0.9610.9%
Movie $11.25$10.1311.1%
Bowling $4.41$4.746.8%

Groceries

ItemColumbusNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.87$3.983.0%
Fried Chicken $1.69$1.4120.3%
Milk $1.89$2.068.4%
Potatoes $2.11$2.9829.2%
Pizza $8.44$9.4710.9%
Beer $8.03$8.798.6%

Health Care

ItemColumbusNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $62.44$101.0438.2%
Doctor $182.00$107.4469.4%
Dentist $97.44$90.427.8%
Ibuprofen $10.49$9.2813.1%
Lipitor $439.37$426.503.0%

Housing

ItemColumbusNational avg.Difference
Home Price $154,300.00$175,700.0012.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,323.60$1,133.2316.8%
Apartment Rent $732.00$920.0020.4%

Transportation

ItemColumbusNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.99$1.990.3%
Tire Balancing $61.78$45.7635.0%

Utilities

ItemColumbusNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$175.50$163.817.1%
Phone $23.32$28.3917.8%
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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Lowell, WI32291-9%
Cambria, WI77191-9%
Reeseville, WI66892-8%
Randolph, WI1,69593-7%
Beaver Dam, WI16,33194-6%
Columbus, WI5,01498-2%

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Source: The Columbus, WI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.