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Cost of Living in Columbus, OH, United States

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 74.09
Rent Index: 31.47
Groceries Index: 72.96
Restaurants Index: 66.37
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 53.34
Local Purchasing Power: 150.35

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 12.00 $
8.00
15.00
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 40.00 $
35.00
44.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 6.00 $
6.00
6.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 3.00 $
2.50
3.50
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 4.00 $
3.50
5.00
Cappuccino (regular) 2.94 $
2.00
4.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 1.63 $
1.50
1.89
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.29 $
1.00
1.50
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 0.82 $
0.74
0.92
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 1.77 $
1.10
2.20
Rice (white), (1kg) 3.00 $
2.00
4.41
Eggs (12) 1.60 $
1.25
1.98
Local Cheese (1kg) 10.10 $
6.61
13.23
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 6.67 $
4.41
9.00
Apples (1kg) 4.17 $
3.99
4.41
Oranges (1kg) 5.40 $
3.31
11.00
Tomato (1kg) 4.03 $
3.31
5.00
Potato (1kg) 2.26 $
1.74
3.00
Lettuce (1 head) 0.98 $
0.89
1.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.53 $
1.50
1.60
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 12.00 $
9.99
15.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.65 $
1.00
2.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 2.56 $
1.80
3.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 6.00 $
5.50
6.99
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.00 $
2.00
2.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 62.00 $
40.00
72.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.00 $
3.00
3.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 1.24 $
1.24
1.30
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 10.00 $
10.00
10.00
Gasoline (1 liter) 0.73 $
0.59
0.92
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,000.00 $
18,000.00
24,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 231.41 $
180.00
300.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.30 $
0.10
0.50
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 38.57 $
30.00
45.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 37.86 $
25.00
50.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 15.00 $
10.00
20.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10.00 $
8.50
10.25
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 38.12 $
30.00
50.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 33.75 $
25.00
40.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes 87.14 $
75.00
100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 99.29 $
80.00
150.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 937.50 $
700.00
1,100.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 734.44 $
700.00
800.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,457.14 $
800.00
2,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,149.38 $
1,000.00
1,395.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,418.98 $
1,184.03
1,872.92
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,625.35 $
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 2,638.19 $
1,920.00
3,821.50
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 4.00
3.80
4.20

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Last update: March, 2015

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13 Comments so far

#Bebee on Mar 09, 2015 :
I have heard all the comments but am still confuse over what the actual cost of living is as we now speak of 2015. Is Columbus a very expensive place to live with low paying jobs or is it an affordable place to live with a single salary? I have a job offered and I want to know what Columbus actually is in terms of cost of living.
#Joe on Feb 12, 2015 :
I can confirm, the average salary is very low for columbus. There are very few(I am among the lucky few) who make over 40k a year. I make slighty more 43-46k a year. I am married with 4 kids we cant afford to rent our own apartment and are nowhere near able to afford a house. We live with my wifes parents in their full basement. With the cost of food, gas, insurance(health and auto), phone service etc.. it is impossible. Oh yea, and we dont even pay monthly for our cars. We own them outright and they are older models Ford van and Honda civic. Life shouldn't be this stressful for somebody making $22 dollars an hour. If my wife didn't stay home with the kids her whole salary would go toward child care. Its ridiculous! Don't let any of these numbers fool you. Life is getting hard everywhere you turn unless you are among the wealthy(100k or more per year household income). pretty sad if a married couple makes 50k each per year they are among the wealthy.
#KASHIF ABBAS on Dec 20, 2014 :
hello friends
i have recently got job of 2500$,will it be enough to survive in columbus
#John on Aug 30, 2014 :
Salary is $2,972.27 a month?! Not even close. I get just half that amount from my job.
#ERIN on Jul 08, 2014 :
I live in Toledo which is two hrs away from Cbus. I am looking to move to Cbus this fall and when comparing the two cities in regards to housing, Columbus is ridiculous. The pay scale is about the same and rent is about $2-300 more per month in Columbus and surrounding areas. Is living in Cbus cheaper than DC/Arlington, yes!! However, when looking at the situation from only two hrs away, Columbus rent/housing is flat out laughable. At least we had the metro in DC to help with transportation.
#Jack on May 02, 2014 :
Cool site, it really helped compare costs of living
#Paul on Jul 10, 2013 :
I have lived in Columbus since 2000. I studied a semester in Cuernavaca, Mexico and a semester in Malaga, Spain. Spain has equal conveniences but costs about twice. Mexico has less conveniences and costs just a little less. I have travelled to Turkey, Portugal, France, Italy and half of the Carribean islands as well as being in most states including Alaska and Hawaii.

Here is Coulumbus. Weather is terrible in winter (not as bad as Michigan or Wisconsin), ok in spring summer and fall but a lot of clouds. Prices are way lower than what you get for anywhere else with the amenities and convenience of Columbus. Unemployment is about 2% lower than the national average. Income is at or slightly below national average. Taxes are average to median high. property is very cheap. I am moving into a house in Powell (premium neighborhood of Columbus) 4 bedrooms 3000 square feet with built in Kitchen, hardwood, 3 car garage and full basement and am paying $350,000. In most other comparable cities (size, convenience, amenities) this house would be double. Food is very cheap compared to most comparable places. Transportation (gas and car ) are average US which is way below first world average.

If weather is your thing then do not move to the midwest. If high quality of life and family friendly lifestyle are then this is a great city to choose. Its affordable, has tons of metro parks and local parks with many free tennis courts, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, beach volleyball courts (unlike other places where it's pay to use or always full.) It has a world class zoo and world class science center (COSI). It has several quality theaters with Broadway style shows, frequent Cirque du soleil. It has top notch sporting with Ohio State Football and Basketball, NHL, MLS. Top concerts like Maroon Five, BB King, Bon Jovi etc. A top notch comedy club. Columbus has the largest Fourth of July celebration in the midwest with Red White and Boom. If you like world cuisine then Columbus has Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, tons of good Sushi, Brazilian Steakhouses etc.

All in all if I could put Columbus on the ocean in the Carolinas it would be perfect. Problem is it would get a lot more expensive and lose what makes it great.
#mary b on Feb 10, 2013 :
Columbus is NOT a cheap place to live!! Housing costs + taxes are ridiculous. We've lived in Oklahoma and Texas, and except for electric, they're affordable!
#Doug on Dec 30, 2012 :
I have lived in Columbus twice, once starting in 1967 as a student at OSU and again in 2010. This place is cheap to live in but the weather sucks!
#BC on Dec 17, 2012 :
Based on my move here from the East Coast a few years ago, I can confirm that Columbus cost-of-living is significantly less than other cities. Further, the unemployment rate is lower here than most of the country. That's a win-win, folks.
The travel time for commuting or just going downtown for dinner is shorter than many metro areas. That saves time and money (gas). Insurance is cheaper all around. The housing market remains cheaper than comparable areas too. The only negative, taxes are pretty high - you get income, sales and property taxes aplenty, so no break there.

All in all, Columbus is a low-cost city with very good amenities, though not as many as you would find in a larger city or a destination city. It is a growing city though, so things are always picking up.
#Lain on Oct 22, 2012 :
Adam, I lived in Columbus most of life and I am sorry to inform you but its NOT "ridiculous" in terms of cost to live there. In fact of the many places I have lived it is very reasonable in terms of value to the job market. Also, if you only have friends that have $100 disposable income its not a reflection on the cost of living in Columbus, its a reflection of your group of friends.
#Parthasarathi on Oct 15, 2012 :
The amount of exercise done is very much appreciatable based on the entries and the controversial remark given above by Mr.Adam on April 2012.

If more reliable info is given it would be very very useful for others to decide what is the minimum salary to be earned per month so as to survive in Columbus.

Kindly look in to these aspects for practical viability.with credibility as well

My best regards to all concerned.
#Adam on Apr 18, 2012 :
I don't know anyone who has $3,000 / Month in disposable income??? Everyone I know has close to $100 / Month or none at all due to low paying jobs in Columbus, Ohio and cost of living expenses are ridiculous. Food and apparel prices keep going up (markup from 50% to 110%).

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