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Income/capita 14%
Household income 15%
Unemployment 4%
IndexColumbusOhioNational
Income per capita$25,781$27,800$29,829
Median household income$47,156$50,674$55,322
Median income owner occupied$68,524$65,077$70,586
Median income renter occupied$33,770$28,832$35,192
Median earnings male$31,964$36,579$36,919
Median earnings female$27,035$24,862$26,250
Unemployment rate4.8%4.6%4.7%
Poverty level21.2%15.4%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in Columbus is 14% lower than the national average
  • The median household income in Columbus is 15% lower than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Columbus is 4% higher than the national average
  • The poverty level in Columbus is 40% higher than the national average

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      am i middle class

      $Input your household income
      $31,434$47,156$94,312
      City
      $33,779$50,674$101,348
      State
      $36,877$55,322$110,644
      Nation
      According to the PEW research center, the middle class is defined as a range from two thirds (2/3) of the median household income to a multiple of two (2) times the median household income. Displayed above are the city, state and national median household income averages. Simply enter your median household income to determine if your income falls into the middle class or if your household income is considered upper or lower class.

      Columbus median earnings by income bracket

      Columbus employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry7.0%0.8%
      Manufacturing sector10.8%0.2%
      Financial & insurance services7.4%8.9%
      Wholesale & retail services17.0%14.4%
      Public administration4.2%4.5%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities8.0%3.0%
      Education, health & social services13.6%35.2%
      Other29.6%26.8%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      New Albany, OH9,384$191,375246%
      Powell, OH12,436$132,917140%
      New California, OH1,996$128,000131%
      Dublin, OH43,874$125,540127%
      Riverlea, OH583$109,68898%
      Columbus, OH837,038$47,15615%

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Indianapolis, IN846,674$43,10122%
      San Francisco, CA850,282$87,70159%
      Jacksonville, FL856,616$48,25613%
      Fort Worth, TX815,930$54,8761%
      Charlotte, NC808,834$55,5991%
      Columbus, OH837,038$47,15615%
      Source: The Columbus, OH employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).