Westlake 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.
IndexWestlakeOhioNational
Cost of living index10991100
IndexWestlakeOhioNational
Goods & Services index10199100
Groceries index114101100
Health care index10095100
Housing index12275100
Transportation index106101100
Utilities index9291100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Westlake, OH is shown above. Compared to the state average of Ohio the cost of living index in Westlake, OH is 109, which is 19% higher than the average in Ohio and compared to the national average it is 9% 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 Westlake, OH goods and services come in at 2% higher than the average in Ohio and are 1% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Westlake is 19% higher than the Ohio average.
  • The cost of living in Westlake is 9% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Westlake is 22% 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$94,743$7,895$2,211$2,843
Renters$46,284$3,857$1,080$1,389
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Westlake, OH, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Westlake, OH has a median income of about $94,743 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $2,211 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $46,284. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $1,080 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

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 considering the overall cost of living expenses in Westlake, OH, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Ohio, as well as the rate for income tax in Ohio. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for Ohio is 8%, and the sales tax in the state of Ohio is 5.75%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in Ohio starts from 0.528% and goes up to 5.333%.

Goods & Services

ItemWestlakeNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.90$15.564.3%
Beauty Salon $34.40$36.114.7%
Toothpaste $2.71$2.479.7%
Shampoo $1.02$0.965.4%
Movie $10.70$10.135.7%
Bowling $4.68$4.741.2%

Groceries

ItemWestlakeNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $5.32$3.9833.6%
Fried Chicken $1.70$1.4120.6%
Milk $2.06$2.060.3%
Potatoes $2.69$2.989.7%
Pizza $10.90$9.4715.0%
Beer $7.72$8.7912.2%

Health Care

ItemWestlakeNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $78.95$101.0421.9%
Doctor $112.80$107.445.0%
Dentist $83.71$90.427.4%
Ibuprofen $9.98$9.287.5%
Lipitor $459.10$426.507.6%

Housing

ItemWestlakeNational avg.Difference
Home Price $226,900.00$175,700.0029.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $959.35$1,133.2315.3%
Apartment Rent $982.00$920.006.7%

Transportation

ItemWestlakeNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.03$1.991.7%
Tire Balancing $53.47$45.7616.8%

Utilities

ItemWestlakeNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$122.96$163.8124.9%
Phone $32.52$28.3914.6%
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.
Cleveland, OH392,11487-13%
Linndale, OH19087-13%
Newburgh Heights, OH2,00088-12%
Lorain, OH63,88589-11%
Elyria, OH54,21690-10%
Westlake, OH32,5131099%

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Hopkinsville, KY32,50786-14%
Eastpointe, MI32,52685-15%
Danville, IL32,48382-18%
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Westlake, OH32,5131099%
Source: The Westlake, OH cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.