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Affordability

Overview

Low Cost, High Value

Ranked one of the coolest cities in the Midwest, Columbus 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 and costs for healthcare, transportation and utilities are near the national average.

Cost of Living Index

Adjusted Annual Salary Price of Living Index
Louisville $56,306 89
St. Louis $55,310 90
Salt Lake City $53,305 94
Pittsburgh $53,191 94
Charlotte $52,743 95
Detroit $52,687 95
Austin $51,706 97
Phoenix $51,546 97
Atlanta $50,659 99
Cleveland $50,659 99
Minneapolis $47,348 106
Denver $45,290 110
Baltimore $43,253 116
Chicago $42,194 119
Los Angeles $35,137 142
Boston $33,761 148
San Francisco $28,185 177
New York $21,911 228
Source: The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), 2016.