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 2020? 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 2020
In order to rank the cheapest places to live in Columbus, we had to determine what criteria defines “cheap”.
- 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 2020
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 2020.
The median income in Southwest comes in at $38,392 and the median home value is $74,712 for 2020.
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 2020.
The median income in Near Southside comes in at $29,952 and the median home value is $58,285 for 2020.
The median income in Olentangy River Road comes in at $23,333 and the median home value is $28,529 for 2020.
The median income in Far South comes in at $39,897 and the median home value is $78,615 for 2020.
The median income in South Alum Creek comes in at $49,726 and the median home value is $95,450 for 2020.
The median income in North Linden comes in at $38,485 and the median home value is $77,991 for 2020.
The median income in West Columbus Interim comes in at $72,645 and the median home value is $162,432 for 2020.
The median income in Tri-South comes in at $33,916 and the median home value is $65,500 for 2020.
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 2020
|Rank||Neighborhood||Cost Of Living Index|
|1||Fort Columbus Airport||75|
|5||Olentangy River Road||77|
|7||South Alum Creek||86|
|9||West Columbus Interim||92|
|24||Rocky-Fork Blacklick Accord||99|
|30||Mckinley Avenue Corridor||91|
|34||South Central Accord||94|