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Columbus Cost of Living


Ranked one of the coolest cities in the Midwest, the Columbus Region also tops the list of places where your buck can stretch the farthest.

The overall cost of living the Columbus Region is lower than the national average, and lower than the state of Ohio. Housing is competitively priced with an index of 77, and costs for healthcare, transportation and utilities are near the national average.

COST OF LIVING INDEX  (U.S. = 100)
METRO SCORE
Columbus 90.5
Louisville 92.2
St. Louis 92.5
Detroit 95.3
Phoenix 95.9
Austin 96.0
Charlotte 96.4
Salt Lake City 96.4
Pittsburgh 98.6
Atlanta 99.9
Cleveland 101.2
Minneapolis 108.2
Denver 109.6
Baltimore 112.8
Chicago 116.2
Los Angeles 140.3
Boston 144.3
San Francisco 176.4
New York 227.4
Source: American Chamber of Commerce Research Association (ACCRA), 2015 Annual

The Columbus Region's real estate market is particularly competitive, with more than 68 percent of homes affordable for the median income.

PERCENT OF HOMES AFFORDABLE FOR MEDIAN INCOME
METRO PERCENT AFFORDABLE HOURLY WAGE NEEDED TO AFFORD A 2-BEDROOM APARTMENT
Columbus 79.8 $15.98
Atlanta 75.2 $18.25
Phoenix 70.3 $17.58
Orlando 67.6 $19.29
Austin 59.4 $21.65
San Francisco 10.4 $44.02
Source: National Association of Home Builders, Q1 2016
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updated September 2016

How far would your dollar go?

Check out Bankrate's cost of living calculator to see how the Columbus Region stacks up against your city in more than 50 categories.


"The city others want to be..."


Columbus: The New Midwest (PDF)Delta Sky magazine called Columbus "the city others want to be." Read more here.

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