Cost of living in Columbus, Ohio, United States

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $11
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $6
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $4.25
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.68
12 eggs, large $3.17
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.02
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $7
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.08
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.21
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.22
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $14
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.59
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $1.78
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $1,602
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $1,000
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $187
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $1,303
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $853
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $102
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $38
40” flat screen TV $313
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $126
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $8
Hourly rate for cleaning help $18
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $39
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $41
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $88
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $101
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $22,180
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.58
Monthly ticket public transport $53
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $17
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $7
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $13
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $75
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $2.85
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $3.21
4 rolls of toilet paper $2.16
Tube of toothpaste $1.50
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $15
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $37
2 tickets to the movies $21
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $109
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $59
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $8
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.25
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $4.37
iPod nano 16GB $172
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.16
1 month of gym membership in business district $37
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $6
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 536 prices entered by 60 different people.
Latest price update: February 21, 2017.

Columbus position in our World Ranking

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48th
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42nd
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