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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

Metro average salary adjusted to Columbus cost of living
Adjusted Annual Salary
Detroit $43,555
St. Louis $42,990
Austin $42,338
Charlotte $42,219
Minneapolis $42,085
Pittsburgh $41,961
Salt Lake City $41,511
Atlanta $40,797
Louisville $40,708
Denver $40,085
Cleveland $39,792
Phoenix $39,273
Baltimore $38,460
Chicago $35,529
Boston $33,762
San Francisco $30,370
Los Angeles $30,349
New York (Manhattan) $25,545
Source: The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), 2016.