Salem 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.
IndexSalem HeightsOhioNational
Cost of living index10591100
IndexSalem HeightsOhioNational
Goods & Services index10496100
Groceries index10799100
Health care index9196100
Housing index11175100
Transportation index9695100
Utilities index101101100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Salem Heights, OH is displayed above. In Salem Heights, OH, the overall cost of living index is 105, which is 15% higher than the Ohio average and 5% higher 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 Salem Heights, 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 Salem Heights is 15% higher than the Ohio average.
  • The cost of living in Salem Heights is 5% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Salem Heights is 11% 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$84,762$7,064$1,978$2,543
Renters$54,522$4,544$1,272$1,636
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Salem 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 Salem Heights, OH, the median monthly income is $84,762 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,978 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $54,522, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $1,272 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%
For those who live in Salem Heights, 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

ItemSalem HeightsNational 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

ItemSalem HeightsNational 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

ItemSalem HeightsNational 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

ItemSalem HeightsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $161,100.00$175,700.008.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $811.81$1,081.0324.9%
Apartment Rent $1,423.00$920.0054.7%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemSalem HeightsNational 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.

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Plainville, OH1196-4%
Brecon, OH25669-31%
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Moscow, OH12580-20%
Lincoln Heights, OH3,34882-18%
Salem Heights, OH3,4791055%

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Salem Heights, OH3,4791055%
Source: The Salem 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.