It’s not always easy to judge a new area when you’re relocating. There are some obvious things you can look for in your new apartment home, such as the granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and resort-style pools that you’ll find at Springs at Liberty Township and Springs at West Chester. However, other elements—like safety and affordability—are more difficult to judge.
With this in mind, we’ve put together a guide on the overall cost of living and quality of life in Cincinnati / Butler County, Ohio:
The Cost of Living Index
The cost of living index compares all US cities to an average of 100. Numbers below 100 indicate expenses that are lower than the national average, while numbers above 100 are higher than the national average.
Overall, Butler County earned a 91 on the cost of living index, indicating that it’s about nine percent cheaper to live here than the average US city. Housing is the most affordable expense in Butler County, coming in 23 percent lower than average. Transportation and health, at 99, are just one percent below average, while utilities and groceries also fall below the national average.
Comparing Butler County to Major Ohio Cities
It’s easier to understand the cost of living in Butler County when it’s compared to cities in the area. Here’s how Butler County stacks up to other parts of the state:
The overall cost of living in Columbus is 82, making it nine percent cheaper than Butler County. While all the average expenses come in below the Butler County averages, both violent crime and property crime are higher in Columbus.
The overall cost of living in Cleveland is just 79, placing it 12 percent lower than the Butler County average. However, groceries there are nine percent above Butler County, and health expenses and utilities are also much higher.
While Akron’s average cost of living is 11 percent below Butler County’s, day-to-day costs are particularly high in the city. Groceries are 12 percent above Butler County, transportation is six percent more, and utilities are 10 percent higher than Butler County’s average.
If you’re looking for an affordable area with low crime and great amenities, you’ll find just what you’re after in Butler County. What are your favorite perks of living in the area? Share your thoughts in the comments below.