Dover 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.
IndexDoverOhioNational
Cost of living index8991100
IndexDoverOhioNational
Goods & Services index9196100
Groceries index11499100
Health care index9096100
Housing index6675100
Transportation index10595100
Utilities index102101100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Dover, OH cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Ohio and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Dover, OH is 89, which is 2% lower than the Ohio average and 11% 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 Dover, OH are 5% lower than the average for Ohio and 9% lower than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in Dover is 2% lower than the Ohio average.
  • The cost of living in Dover is 11% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Dover is 34% 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$53,455$4,455$1,247$1,604
Renters$26,118$2,177$609$784
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Dover, OH, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Dover, OH homeowners have a median income of $53,455. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,247 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $26,118, which means there is a maximum of $609 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Ohio Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Ohio5.75%8%

Ohio Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Ohio0.528%5.333%
For those who live in Dover, OH and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Ohio income tax rate and the Ohio 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 Ohio, the sales tax is 5.75%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 8%. 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 Ohio, the income tax rate ranges between 0.528% to 5.333%.

Goods & Services

ItemDoverNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.00$14.592.8%
Beauty Salon $31.80$34.688.3%
Toothpaste $2.87$2.4716.0%
Shampoo $1.05$1.022.7%
Movie $9.14$9.877.4%
Bowling $3.56$4.3918.9%

Groceries

ItemDoverNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.07$4.489.1%
Fried Chicken $1.87$1.4627.7%
Milk $2.73$2.3615.8%
Potatoes $3.79$3.0623.8%
Pizza $8.99$9.242.7%
Beer $7.99$8.637.4%

Health Care

ItemDoverNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $77.20$99.7822.6%
Doctor $85.40$105.0318.7%
Dentist $73.80$88.7016.8%
Ibuprofen $9.43$9.410.2%
Lipitor $332.25$298.5011.3%

Housing

ItemDoverNational avg.Difference
Home Price $109,800.00$175,700.0037.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,362.45$1,081.0326.0%
Apartment Rent $682.00$920.0025.9%

Transportation

ItemDoverNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.07$2.091.2%
Tire Balancing $55.99$45.2923.6%

Utilities

ItemDoverNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$176.87$170.803.6%
Phone $28.01$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.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Leesville, OH12281-19%
Fresno, OH9377-23%
Sandyville, OH20782-18%
Dennison, OH2,74983-17%
Uhrichsville, OH5,40883-17%
Dover, OH12,83989-11%

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Destin, FL12,8401066%
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Bardstown, KY12,83388-12%
Dover, OH12,83989-11%
Source: The Dover, OH cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.