Cost of Living in Columbus

Summary about cost of living in Columbus, OH, United States:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 14.50 $ 10.00-25.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 55.00 $ 35.00-80.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.00 $ 7.00-8.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4.00 $ 2.00-6.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6.00 $ 4.00-8.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.06 $ 3.00-5.50
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.78 $ 1.25-2.50
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.46 $ 1.00-2.50
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2.43 $ 1.50-3.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.14 $ 1.00-4.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.79 $ 1.00-3.00
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.65 $ 0.89-3.25
Local Cheese (1 lb) 7.96 $ 4.99-15.00
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 3.57 $ 1.79-5.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.21 $ 3.00-8.50
Apples (1 lb) 2.13 $ 1.49-2.99
Banana (1 lb) 0.56 $ 0.44-1.00
Oranges (1 lb) 1.79 $ 0.49-3.99
Tomato (1 lb) 1.86 $ 1.00-3.00
Potato (1 lb) 1.46 $ 0.50-2.00
Onion (1 lb) 1.12 $ 0.75-1.75
Lettuce (1 head) 1.82 $ 1.00-2.99
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.50 $ 0.99-2.99
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 11.00 $ 7.99-20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.47 $ 1.43-3.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.68 $ 2.50-5.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 7.00 $ 7.00-7.62
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.00 $ 2.00-2.75
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 65.00 $ 60.00-85.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 $ 3.00-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.00 $ 2.83-6.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 22.50 $ 15.00-45.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.39 $ 1.84-2.80
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,000.00 $ 19,000.00-29,567.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,632.18 $ 18,190.00-24,500.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 173.67 $ 116.07-315.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.21 $ 0.10-0.25
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 57.65 $ 45.00-100.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 41.62 $ 15.00-85.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 15.00 $ 10.00-20.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 11.50 $ 9.00-15.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,011.11 $ 500.00-1,550.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 18,625.00 $ 10,000.00-27,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 42.70 $ 25.00-65.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 34.58 $ 20.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 74.19 $ 50.00-95.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 94.63 $ 60.00-176.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,108.45 $ 800.00-1,350.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 850.79 $ 650.00-1,050.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,751.82 $ 1,282.50-2,700.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,327.81 $ 1,100.00-2,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 192.35 $ 150.00-325.00
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 110.78 $ 99.19-185.00
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,980.49 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.22 3.20-5.00

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Last update: November 2020
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8 Comments so far
NA NA on Feb 07, 2020:
Columbus, OH ( Not Affordable 0 to Very Affordable 10 ): 0
NO affordable 1 bedroom apartments under $450/Month (based on fair housing laws, 90% of landlords/businesses are in violation of the law. They should in jail.
NO livable wages of $18.33/Hour and up! ( to keep up with rents costs and other basic human NEEDS (safety, healthy, nutrition, emergency funds)
City Of Columbus Governance: Very Corrupt: No clear location for whom to get help with gentrification ( prices out of affordable housing ), no legal team to protect poor lgbtq+ Ohioans who are discriminated everyday from opportunities, no free lawyers to punishing employers whom exploit employees basic human rights, no free lawyers to sue wealthy investors whom push out the poor into the streets to build luxury overpriced buildings we do not need nor can afford, too many temp agencies trying to force low wages on educated Ohioans, rampant toxic low IQ desperation immigration flooding city and destroying American culture, cause of extreme shortage of poor people housing, etc!
LeavingColumbus on Feb 09, 2019:
I'm finding good apartments in Dayton/Springfield and Toledo for $500/mo. Columbus is too pricey. If you live in Columbus you will have to work 2 jobs. Moving asap!
E H on Jul 25, 2018:
All of these number sound about right. I make $11.50 working at a daycare and rent is really expensive. It’s hard to afford an apartment in a nice area of town without having at least 1 roommate. Most rent starts at $700 and that is for ONE bedroom! Take into account that single people don’t really get tax breaks. There’s gas, water, electric, food, GAS, car insurance, and a car loan(if you have one) there is not really any disposable income... You can find cheaper apartments in north, west, and east Columbus that start around $500 but they’re cheap because they are not in good areas(opioid use, prostitutes, break ins) or are REALLY old and have not been updated since the 70’s. Like, not even air conditioning, so you’re paying more running a fan all day and night to cool down your home. Rent is WAY too high for how much people make. You are forced to stay with roommates or live with your parents. It’s insane. Live with people! That’s the cheapest way to find a nice apartment in a safe area that will not cost you as much.
John on Mar 30, 2018:
I work 3 regular jobs with side jobs every month. I only make 15,000 per year. It's hard to find an apartment especially in a good area. Good credit and no criminal record either. You almost have to live with 2 other roommates unless you are wealthy.
D Ruggy on Jan 30, 2018:
The 2017 Area Median Income for the Columbus, OH MSA for a family of 4 was $75,400. That is what the "average" family of four makes. 2 adults, one making $40,000/year and the other making $35,400/year, with two kids, is the average. There are some households with one adult making $100,000, and other households where one adult makes $50,000, but again, the average family of 4 in the Columbus MSA makes $75,400.
Anonymous on Oct 31, 2017:
I really love cbus but rent is too high to afford.
Anonymous on Jan 15, 2017:
Pros: Cbus is a good city - plenty to do.
Cons: Expensive housing - Everywhere... high taxes..rushhour on Hwy 71 is ridiculous.
Bev on Nov 06, 2016:
Columbus used to be reasonable but rent has skyrocketed over the past few years. I don't think you can get a decent 2 bedroom apt for under 1200.00 unless its on a bad side of town. For 1 bedroom they are wanting around 800 to 1000. Food prices are way up. If you have a car payment you better bring home at least 2700.00 a month just to make it in Columbus. The rate of pay needs to go up for sure or rent needs to go down one of two.