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Overall 17%
Goods & Services 0%
Housing 49%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2019 and was released from C2ER in January, 2020; this is the most current data available.
The cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. For example, if the cost of living is 90, then it is 10% lower than average. If the cost of living is 110, then it is 10% higher than average. The breakdown for each index is as follows: goods & services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). If the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used.
IndexSouth SideColumbusOhio
Cost of living839091
Goods & Services100100100
Groceries999998
Health care878796
Housing517773
Transportation9393102
Utilities888891

Key findings

  • The cost of living in South Side is 9% lower than the Columbus average
  • The cost of living in South Side is 17% lower than the national average
  • South Side housing is 49% lower than the national average
  • Ohio general sales tax is 13% higher than the national average
  • Ohio state income tax is 28% higher 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)
      Household$33,791$2,816$788$1,014

      Ohio Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      Ohio5.75%8%

      Ohio Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      Ohio2.85%4.797%

      Goods & Services

      ItemColumbusNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $15.86$17.499.3%
      Beauty Salon $35.00$38.178.3%
      Toothpaste $1.68$2.3227.6%
      Shampoo $0.87$1.0114.0%
      Movie $10.56$10.721.5%
      Bowling $16.60$13.8619.8%

      Groceries

      ItemColumbusNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.72$3.904.6%
      Fried Chicken $1.29$1.407.6%
      Milk $1.42$1.9627.6%
      Potatoes $2.93$3.187.9%
      Pizza $9.99$10.393.9%
      Beer $8.99$9.232.6%

      Health Care

      ItemColumbusNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $61.30$106.3442.4%
      Doctor $103.23$115.2510.4%
      Dentist $83.26$98.3815.4%
      Ibuprofen $8.47$9.268.5%
      Lipitor $455.76$466.472.3%

      Housing

      ItemColumbusNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $131,800.00$184,700.0028.6%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $915.03$1,273.3228.1%
      Apartment Rent $856.00$949.009.8%

      Transportation

      ItemColumbusNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.62$2.591.0%
      Tire Balancing $40.20$48.9017.8%

      Utilities

      ItemColumbusNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$133.78$167.6020.2%
      Phone $177.00$163.428.3%
      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.
      Urbancrest, OH89481-19%
      Derby, OH36384-16%
      Whitehall, OH18,59684-16%
      Lincoln Village, OH9,88285-15%
      Darbydale, OH67486-14%
      Columbus, OH837,03890-10%

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Indianapolis, IN846,67490-10%
      San Francisco, CA850,282206106%
      Jacksonville, FL856,61690-10%
      Fort Worth, TX815,93092-8%
      Charlotte, NC808,8341011%
      Columbus, OH837,03890-10%
      Source: The South Side, Columbus, OH cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.