The 10 Cheapest Columbus, OH Neighborhoods To Live In For 2021


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Columbus are the cheapest of the cheap.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our third time ranking the cheapest neighborhoods to live in Columbus.
Cheapest Neighborhoods In Columbus

Everything else equal, I think we can all agree that living in a cheaper place is better than living in a more expensive place.

I'd much rather pay $500/mo in rent than $1,000. And I'd rather pay $2 for coffee than $5.

And while every neighbhorhood in Columbus might be more expensive than living in rural Ohio, there are certain neighborhoods that are definitely cheaper.

So what exactly are those Columbus neighborhoods where your dollar goes a little further -- you can get that one bedroom instead of the studio?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Columbus are the cheapest.

What's the cheapest neighborhood to live in Columbus for 2021? According to the most recent census data, Fort Columbus Airport looks to be the cheaptest Columbus neighborhood to live in.

At this point we should make it clear that you do get what you pay for -- some of these neighborhoods might not be the best places to live in Columbus. You could be sacrificing location or crime rates in return for more space and cheaper groceries.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Columbus that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you're interested in the worst neighborhoods in Columbus.

Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from cheapest to most expensive.

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How We Determined The Cheapest Columbus Hoods In 2021

In order to rank the cheapest places to live in Columbus, we had to determine what criteria defines "cheap".

Using census and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • Overall Cost Of Living
  • Rent To Income Ratio
  • Median Home Value To Income Ratio

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 39 in each category, where 1 was the cheapest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a cheap neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest cheapest neighborhood index the "Cheapest City Neighborhood In Columbus." We're lookin' at you, Fort Columbus Airport.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the cheapest places Columbus. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from cheapest to most expensive.

The 10 Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Columbus For 2021

Fort Columbus Airport Columbus, OH

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 3,184
Cost Of Living Index: 76 (cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.1 (cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.019 (2cheapest)
More on Fort Columbus Airport: Homes For Sale | Data

Southwest Columbus, OH

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 19,909
Cost Of Living Index: 84 (15th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.9 (7th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.017 (18th cheapest)
More on Southwest: Homes For Sale | Data

Franklinton Columbus, OH

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 7,306
Cost Of Living Index: 78 (4th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.5 (3rd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.028 (34th cheapest)
More on Franklinton: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 4,981
Cost Of Living Index: 86 (19th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.9 (4th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.018 (20th cheapest)
More on South Alum Creek: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 4,051
Cost Of Living Index: 81 (6th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.9 (5th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.025 (32nd cheapest)
More on Tri-South: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 3,967
Cost Of Living Index: 78 (4th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.2 (2nd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.036 (38th cheapest)
More on Olentangy River Road: Homes For Sale | Data

Near Southside Columbus, OH

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 16,697
Cost Of Living Index: 81 (6th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.9 (6th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.024 (3cheapest)
More on Near Southside: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 18,878
Cost Of Living Index: 82 (10th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.0 (8th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.02 (26th cheapest)
More on Whitehall: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 53,633
Cost Of Living Index: 94 (25th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.2 (15th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.011 (5th cheapest)
More on West Columbus Interim: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 13,301
Cost Of Living Index: 84 (15th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.0 (9th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.019 (24th cheapest)
More on Far South: Homes For Sale | Data

Summing Up The Cheapest Places In Columbus

If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Columbus where prices are low and it's cheap to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Columbus aren't all cheap. Brewery takes the title of the most expensive neighborhood to live in Columbus.

We ranked the neighborhoods from cheapest to most expensive in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Columbus For 2021

Rank Neighborhood Cost Of Living Index
1 Fort Columbus Airport 76
2 Southwest 84
3 Franklinton 78
4 South Alum Creek 86
5 Tri-South 81
6 Olentangy River Road 78
7 Near Southside 81
8 Whitehall 82
9 West Columbus Interim 94
10 Far South 84
11 North Linden 84
12 Westland 89
13 South Side 81
14 Brice-Tussing 89
15 North Central 81
16 Northland 90
17 Southeast 91
18 Northwest 96
19 Greater Hilltop 85
20 Far North 98
21 South Linden 77
22 Worthington 99
23 Clintonville 99
24 Rocky-Fork Blacklick Accord 101
25 Near East 83
26 Bexley 109
27 Northeast 85
28 University 82
29 Harrison West 106
30 Upper Arlington 113
31 Mckinley Avenue Corridor 93
32 Milo Grogan 82
33 Victorican Village 106
34 South Central Accord 97
35 Southside 108
36 Downtown 105
37 Italian Village 107
38 Weinland Park 83
39 Brewery 118

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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