Dayton 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.
IndexDaytonOhioNational
Cost of living index8691100
IndexDaytonOhioNational
Goods & Services index10496100
Groceries index10799100
Health care index9196100
Housing index4976100
Transportation index9695100
Utilities index101101100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Dayton, OH is displayed above. In Dayton, OH, the overall cost of living index is 86, which is 5% lower than the Ohio average and 14% 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 Dayton, OH, the city's goods and services are 8% higher than the Ohio average and 4% higher than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Dayton is 5% lower than the Ohio average.
  • The cost of living in Dayton is 14% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Dayton is 51% 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$44,498$3,708$1,038$1,335
Renters$16,290$1,358$380$489
The affordability of the housing market in Dayton, OH as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Dayton, OH homeowners, the median income is $44,498. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,038 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $16,290. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $380 used for their rent related monthly 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 Dayton, 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

ItemDaytonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.00$14.5923.3%
Beauty Salon $47.40$34.6836.7%
Toothpaste $2.87$2.4716.0%
Shampoo $1.25$1.0222.3%
Movie $11.63$9.8717.9%
Bowling $5.50$4.3925.2%

Groceries

ItemDaytonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $5.49$4.4822.6%
Fried Chicken $1.91$1.4630.5%
Milk $2.29$2.362.8%
Potatoes $3.39$3.0610.7%
Pizza $8.39$9.249.2%
Beer $7.99$8.637.4%

Health Care

ItemDaytonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $86.35$99.7813.5%
Doctor $78.50$105.0325.3%
Dentist $84.00$88.705.3%
Ibuprofen $9.01$9.414.3%
Lipitor $304.35$298.502.0%

Housing

ItemDaytonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $72,600.00$181,400.0060.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $811.81$1,081.0324.9%
Apartment Rent $632.00$889.0028.9%

Transportation

ItemDaytonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.02$2.093.3%
Tire Balancing $41.99$45.297.3%

Utilities

ItemDaytonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$144.29$170.8015.5%
Phone $34.95$28.2623.7%
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.
Drexel, OH1,93284-16%
Crystal Lakes, OH1,01888-12%
Trotwood, OH24,53689-11%
New Lebanon, OH4,18389-11%
Park Layne, OH5,04789-11%
Dayton, OH142,67086-14%

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Escondido, CA144,31112929%
Dayton, OH142,67086-14%
Source: The Dayton, OH cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.