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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.

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Cost of Living

With cost of living 10 percent more affordable than the U.S. average, dollars earned stretch further in the Columbus Region than in other higher cost metros.
Metro Adjusted Annual Salary
St. Louis $56,948
Louisville $53,591
Detroit $52,576
Charlotte $51,546
Phoenix $51,335
Cleveland $51,020
Austin $50,813
Pittsburgh $50,454
Atlanta $49,116
Salt Lake City $48,638
Minneapolis $47,037
Denver $44,170
Baltimore $42,772
Chicago $40,584
Los Angeles $33,738
Boston $33,333
San Francisco $25,471
New York (Manhattan) $20,121
Source: The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), 2018.