Highland Heights 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.
IndexHighland HeightsOhioNational
Cost of living index11191100
IndexHighland HeightsOhioNational
Goods & Services index10596100
Groceries index10799100
Health care index11496100
Housing index12975100
Transportation index9795100
Utilities index100101100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Highland Heights, OH is shown above. Compared to the state average of Ohio the cost of living index in Highland Heights, OH is 111, which is 23% higher than the average in Ohio and compared to the national average it is 11% higher than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Highland Heights, OH goods and services come in at 9% higher than the average in Ohio and are 5% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Highland Heights is 23% higher than the Ohio average.
  • The cost of living in Highland Heights is 11% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Highland Heights is 29% 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$105,054$8,755$2,451$3,152
Renters$34,167$2,847$797$1,025
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Highland Heights, 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 Highland Heights, OH, the median monthly income is $105,054 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $2,451 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $34,167, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $797 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%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Highland Heights, OH you will want to make sure you consider both the Ohio sales tax and the Ohio income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Ohio is 5.75%, with the highest surtax being 8%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Ohio have a range from 0.528% to 5.333%.

Goods & Services

ItemHighland HeightsNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.45$14.5919.6%
Beauty Salon $41.75$34.6820.4%
Toothpaste $2.64$2.476.7%
Shampoo $1.03$1.020.8%
Movie $10.15$9.872.9%
Bowling $4.29$4.392.3%

Groceries

ItemHighland HeightsNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.86$4.488.6%
Fried Chicken $1.54$1.465.2%
Milk $2.69$2.3614.1%
Potatoes $2.79$3.068.9%
Pizza $11.00$9.2419.0%
Beer $7.99$8.637.4%

Health Care

ItemHighland HeightsNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $84.74$99.7815.1%
Doctor $115.50$105.0310.0%
Dentist $115.00$88.7029.6%
Ibuprofen $11.07$9.4117.6%
Lipitor $302.96$298.501.5%

Housing

ItemHighland HeightsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $248,600.00$175,700.0041.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,001.84$1,081.037.3%
Apartment Rent $906.00$920.001.5%

Transportation

ItemHighland HeightsNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.99$2.094.9%
Tire Balancing $45.52$45.290.5%

Utilities

ItemHighland HeightsNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$165.58$170.803.1%
Phone $29.58$28.264.7%
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.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
East Cleveland, OH17,61986-14%
Highland Hills, OH99987-13%
Cleveland, OH392,11488-12%
Newburgh Heights, OH2,00089-11%
Kinsman Center, OH52290-10%
Highland Heights, OH8,32411111%

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Lake Stickney, WA8,32411616%
Toccoa, GA8,32782-18%
Boonville, MO8,32087-13%
Millersville, PA8,3201011%
Bluffdale, UT8,31912525%
Highland Heights, OH8,32411111%
Source: The Highland Heights, OH cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.