Cost of Living in Columbus

Summary about cost of living in Columbus:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 13.29 $ 10.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 45.00 $ 35.00-65.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.25 $ 6.00-8.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4.00 $ 2.75-5.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 5.00 $ 4.00-7.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.75 $ 3.00-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.78 $ 1.00-2.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.19 $ 1.00-2.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2.21 $ 1.50-3.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.88 $ 0.99-2.75
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.67 $ 1.00-2.50
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.83 $ 0.99-3.25
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6.36 $ 3.45-13.75
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.89 $ 1.99-8.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.30 $ 3.00-8.50
Apples (1 lb) 2.23 $ 1.59-2.99
Banana (1 lb) 0.61 $ 0.42-1.00
Oranges (1 lb) 1.55 $ 1.00-2.35
Tomato (1 lb) 1.94 $ 1.29-2.30
Potato (1 lb) 1.30 $ 0.60-2.00
Onion (1 lb) 1.08 $ 0.80-1.75
Lettuce (1 head) 1.60 $ 1.00-2.35
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.46 $ 1.00-2.99
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 14.49 $ 9.99-20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.89 $ 1.00-3.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.85 $ 1.10-4.50
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 7.25 $ 6.00-7.75
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.00 $ 2.00-2.75
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 62.00 $ 60.00-75.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.23 $ 3.00-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.92 $ 2.83-3.20
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 18.75 $ 15.00-22.50
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.47 $ 2.00-2.80
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,000.00 $ 18,000.00-25,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 18,656.43 $ 17,000.00-23,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 168.52 $ 113.33-275.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.18 $ 0.10-0.25
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 56.44 $ 45.00-70.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 31.30 $ 20.00-60.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 21.25 $ 15.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10.00 $ 9.00-12.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 862.00 $ 500.00-1,200.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 17,000.00 $ 10,000.00-21,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 43.48 $ 30.00-65.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 33.18 $ 25.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 73.64 $ 60.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 82.67 $ 60.00-176.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,078.68 $ 700.00-1,300.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 810.62 $ 550.00-1,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,833.60 $ 1,285.00-2,700.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,270.25 $ 825.00-1,500.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 162.33 $ 149.25-180.85
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 98.92 $ 86.95-130.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,278.57 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.17 3.50-4.78

Prices in Columbus, Ohio

These data are based on 1271 entries in the past 18 months from 170 different contributors.
Last update: July 2019
Sources and References: Info
No sources and references provided yet.
Add new source here:
Sign up for our newsletter:
Your email address:
This page in other languages:

DeutschLebenshaltungskosten in Columbus
PortuguêsCusto de Vida em Columbus
ItalianoCosto della Vita a Columbus
FrançaisCoût de la Vie à Columbus
EspañolCosto de Vida en Columbus

Leave a comment:
Your name: Sign In
Your email address (optional):
Your comment (no HTML):

9 Comments so far

#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.
#john on Oct 28, 2015 :
most of the jobs around here pay $9-$14 an hour. i don't know anybody who can afford those rents. most of my work buddies pay around $350-$550 in rent per month. if you get paid over $50k a year you are considered affluent in Ohio.
#KS on Oct 23, 2015 :
Have lived in the greater Columbus Area my whole life. Started in outer Delaware, then to Powell, then to OSU for school, and now Grandview as a employee of OSU.

I have never lived anywhere else.

I'm 24, male, bachelor degree.

I make 54k. Great benefits from the University. Pay 800 for extremely convenient apartment in Grandview, 875SqFt+. Have a lot of disposable income. 1.5k+ a month I'd recon. Thats with being smart (not eating out all the time, not many surprise costs). That goes a long way in Columbus.

Food/Shopping is cheaper or on par with most comparable metropolitan cities I've visited.

Rent is good. OSU brings up rental prices in its vicinity, but moving outside of that bubble a good apartment can be had for 400+.

A single person with no financial burdens (kids, debt, etc.) should be able to live what I would consider a comfortable, cushy, happy life with 45k, maybe more like 40k.

Most of the stats listed above do not seem widely off. I'd say if anything most are on the high side of what I'm actually seeing and have seen as a long time resident of the area.

Rent per a month values seem way high. As stated, I'm paying 800 for a 875SqFt in Grandview. I know people paying 475 for nice 2br apartments in Merion Village, south of Downtown. Move further out and you'll see those sort of prices everywhere. 800 in dublin/hilliard/new albany would probably get you a real nice place. Think Stainless Steel appliances, new or newish, modern large apartment.

The distinction between "city center" and "outside of center" is lost on Columbus. Most people are not living in what you might consider downtown. Columbus is very much a suburb, car-transportation centric city, where the majority of people live in burbs. That includes all age groups. Were midly bike friendly, depending on the starting point and destination, midly public transportation friendly, with a bus line that will get you to most large hubs, abet slowly. Cars rule though, but parking is abundant in most situations.

While some are in arms over the average disposable income value, I don't find it particularly shocking. 2k a month in disposable income is probably around 50-60k in salary for a single person w/ no financial burdens, depending on rent etc. That's not high, most technical / engineering / intellectual positions can bring that in, even for entry positions. Factor in the general affluence of some of the suburbs and I might say the 2k value starts to seem low.