Cost of Living in Columbus

Summary about cost of living in Columbus:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 12.00 $ 10.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 42.00 $ 35.00-60.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.00 $ 6.00-8.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4.00 $ 3.00-5.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 5.00 $ 4.00-6.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.44 $ 3.00-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.58 $ 1.00-2.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.18 $ 1.00-1.56
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2.61 $ 2.00-3.60
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.98 $ 1.30-2.90
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.95 $ 1.39-2.49
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.05 $ 1.50-3.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.31 $ 2.80-6.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.62 $ 1.99-6.99
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.56 $ 3.00-8.00
Apples (1 lb) 1.90 $ 1.50-2.99
Banana (1 lb) 0.59 $ 0.50-0.89
Oranges (1 lb) 1.59 $ 1.00-2.00
Tomato (1 lb) 1.65 $ 0.89-2.29
Potato (1 lb) 0.83 $ 0.60-1.00
Onion (1 lb) 1.04 $ 0.75-2.00
Lettuce (1 head) 1.23 $ 0.99-2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.98 $ 1.20-2.99
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 14.00 $ 9.00-18.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.96 $ 1.00-2.75
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.30 $ 1.50-4.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 6.55 $ 6.00-7.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.00 $ 2.00-2.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 62.00 $ 45.00-62.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.00 $ 2.50-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.63 $ 2.00-3.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 $ 20.00-45.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.37 $ 2.12-2.56
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,000.00 $ 21,495.00-29,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,012.00 $ 18,000.00-25,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 152.40 $ 80.00-300.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.14 $ 0.10-0.25
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 54.80 $ 40.00-70.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 39.62 $ 20.00-55.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 19.00 $ 10.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 11.00 $ 9.00-12.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 804.00 $ 400.00-1,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 18,000.00 $ 18,000.00-21,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 46.43 $ 30.00-52.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 32.12 $ 25.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 79.29 $ 70.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 83.65 $ 60.00-110.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,107.50 $ 800.00-1,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 763.90 $ 650.00-1,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,000.00 $ 1,300.00-2,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,253.85 $ 1,100.00-1,600.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 174.33 $ 140.00-250.00
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 79.61 $ 53.69-110.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,913.90 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.89 3.50-4.50

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Last update: February 2018
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13 Comments so far

#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.
#Nancy Stone on Jun 05, 2015 :
HOW DO WE FIX THIS? I would be willing to bet that 90% of these LOW-PAYING JOBS are large companies like subway ,taco bell, mc Donald's ,not to mention that you can be terminated at any time for any reason in the state of Ohio. I work three low paying jobs I would love to be able to not need my boyfriend to afford to live. But complaining about my pay is not going to change my life or anyone else's.
#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