The 10 Cheapest Columbus, OH Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


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

Editor’s Note: This is our first 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 2019? 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 2019

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 2019

Fort Columbus Airport Columbus, OH

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 3,184
Cost Of Living Index: 75 (1st cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.1 (1st cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.019 (21st cheapest)
More on Fort Columbus Airport: Homes For Sale | Data

John Glenn Columbus International Airport, is an international airport located 6 miles east of downtown Columbus, Ohio. Formerly known as Port Columbus International Airport, it is managed by the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, which also oversees operations at Rickenbacker International Airport and Bolton Field. The airport code ‘CMH’ stands for ‘Columbus Municipal Hangar,’ the original name for the airport.

The median income in Fort Columbus Airport comes in at $28,221 and the median home value is $31,675 for 2019.

Southwest Columbus, OH

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 19,909
Cost Of Living Index: 81 (6th 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

The median income in Southwest comes in at $38,392 and the median home value is $74,712 for 2019.

Franklinton Columbus, OH

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 7,306
Cost Of Living Index: 76 (2nd 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

Franklinton is a neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio. Franklinton is the first American settlement in Franklin County, Ohio. As the city of Columbus grew, the city annexed and incorporated the existing settlement and today it exists as a neighborhood immediately west of downtown.

The neighborhood gets its nickname of ‘The Bottoms’ because much of the land lies below the level of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers, and a floodwall is required to contain the rivers and protect the area from floods. The low-lying bottom land was well suited for farming, with the river serving as a direct connection to the Ohio River.

The median income in Franklinton comes in at $21,557 and the median home value is $33,033 for 2019.

Near Southside Columbus, OH

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 16,697
Cost Of Living Index: 80 (5th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.9 (6th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.024 (31st cheapest)
More on Near Southside: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Near Southside comes in at $29,952 and the median home value is $58,285 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 3,967
Cost Of Living Index: 77 (3rd 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

The median income in Olentangy River Road comes in at $23,333 and the median home value is $28,529 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 13,301
Cost Of Living Index: 82 (10th 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

The median income in Far South comes in at $39,897 and the median home value is $78,615 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 4,981
Cost Of Living Index: 86 (20th 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

The median income in South Alum Creek comes in at $49,726 and the median home value is $95,450 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 27,282
Cost Of Living Index: 82 (10th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.0 (11th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.019 (23rd cheapest)
More on North Linden: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in North Linden comes in at $38,485 and the median home value is $77,991 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 53,633
Cost Of Living Index: 92 (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

The median income in West Columbus Interim comes in at $72,645 and the median home value is $162,432 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 4,051
Cost Of Living Index: 82 (10th 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

The median income in Tri-South comes in at $33,916 and the median home value is $65,500 for 2019.

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. Weinland Park 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 2019

Rank Neighborhood Cost Of Living Index
1 Fort Columbus Airport 75
2 Southwest 81
3 Franklinton 76
4 Near Southside 80
5 Olentangy River Road 77
6 Far South 82
7 South Alum Creek 86
8 North Linden 82
9 West Columbus Interim 92
10 Tri-South 82
11 Westland 86
12 Greater Hilltop 82
13 Whitehall 83
14 North Central 81
15 Brice-Tussing 87
16 Northland 88
17 Southeast 88
18 South Side 82
19 Northwest 94
20 Far North 97
21 Worthington 99
22 South Linden 78
23 Clintonville 97
24 Rocky-Fork Blacklick Accord 99
25 Northeast 83
26 Near East 83
27 Bexley 108
28 Upper Arlington 112
29 Harrison West 105
30 Mckinley Avenue Corridor 91
31 University 83
32 Milo Grogan 82
33 Victorican Village 105
34 South Central Accord 94
35 Southside 108
36 Italian Village 103
37 Downtown 102
38 Brewery 116
39 Weinland Park 84

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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