Sandusky 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.
Cost of living index8091100
Goods & Services index8796100
Groceries index9799100
Health care index9196100
Housing index5375100
Transportation index9895100
Utilities index98101100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Sandusky, OH. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Sandusky, OH being 80, that puts it 11% lower than the average of Ohio and 20% 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 Sandusky, OH, the price of goods and services are 10% lower than the average of Ohio as well as 13% lower than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Sandusky is 11% lower than the Ohio average.
  • The cost of living in Sandusky is 20% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Sandusky is 47% 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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The salary calculator is used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Sandusky, OH to another city of your choice. The calculator will inform you of what your salary needs to be in any specific city in order for you to maintain your living standard based on what the city’s cost of living is. As an example, if you are seeking to move to a city that has a higher cost of living compared to Sandusky, OH, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Sandusky, OH salary calculator, input the new city’s name and then move the slider to indicate your current income. The salary calculator will now process the numbers and show you whether you need to earn more or less in the chosen city. A comprehensive breakdown of the cost of living will also be shown.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Sandusky, 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 Sandusky, OH homeowners have a median income of $46,045. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,074 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $24,165, which means there is a maximum of $564 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Ohio Sales Tax

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Ohio Income Tax

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For those who live in Sandusky, 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

ItemSanduskyNational avg.Difference
Haircut $11.80$14.5919.1%
Beauty Salon $31.75$34.688.4%
Toothpaste $2.47$2.470.1%
Shampoo $1.20$1.0217.4%
Movie $8.38$9.8715.1%
Bowling $3.00$4.3931.7%


ItemSanduskyNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.83$4.4814.4%
Fried Chicken $1.39$1.465.1%
Milk $2.21$2.366.2%
Potatoes $2.23$3.0627.2%
Pizza $9.00$9.242.6%
Beer $7.99$8.637.4%

Health Care

ItemSanduskyNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $92.00$99.787.8%
Doctor $87.67$105.0316.5%
Dentist $74.75$88.7015.7%
Ibuprofen $8.31$9.4111.7%
Lipitor $324.05$298.508.6%


ItemSanduskyNational avg.Difference
Home Price $82,400.00$175,700.0053.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $627.79$1,081.0341.9%
Apartment Rent $624.00$920.0032.2%


ItemSanduskyNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.98$2.095.5%
Tire Balancing $48.33$45.296.7%


ItemSanduskyNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$136.21$170.8020.3%
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.
Crystal Rock, OH10992-8%
Clyde, OH6,35087-13%
Bellevue, OH8,15782-18%
Port Clinton, OH6,03888-12%
Monroeville, OH1,19282-18%
Sandusky, OH25,62680-20%

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Sandusky, OH25,62680-20%
Source: The Sandusky, OH cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.