International Cost of Living Calculator

We provide international cost of living and hardship data so that you can create reports online (24X7) using any of the calculators:

Expat Salary: Salary purchasing power parity calculator, for simple cost of living comparison and international salary calculation (e.g. to compare a salary offer).

Cost of Living Comparison: Cost of living allowance calculator, compares cost of living and hardship and calculates a cost of living allowance based on the difference.

International Cost of Living Index: Cost of living index calculator, compares multiple locations to a home base (e.g. international offices compared to HQ).

International Assignment: International assignment management calculator, for global mobility managers who use the build-up approach for detailed international assignment salary and allowance calculations.

Register Now
Mobility Calculators

Do you need a Cost of Living Comparison Calculator?

The global cost of living calculators have been created to compare the cost of living in every country and major city in the world, to help you manage short and long term assignments (page down for a description of each cost of living calculator):

Cost of Living Allowance
Cost of Living Index
International Assignment Management
Salary Purchasing Power Parity
Register Now

International Cost of Living Calculator Pricing

7 Day Subscription = $49 per location (minimum of 2 locations required)

Annual Subscription = $249 per location (minimum of 2 locations required)

See below for full details

No more waiting

Reports within minutes

Register Now
Location Rankings

Cost of Living Comparison by City and Country

Find out the World Rankings Today

Most Expensive Location Rankings

Latest Basket Group Rankings

Select Year and Quarter Below

Easy to Use

Register Now
Location Reviews

Cost of Living Review by City and Country


International Cost of Living Help

Use our search box OR
look for your question in the list below

Is your question not here?

Email it to us at:


and we will get back to you

Register Now
USA, Columbus OH

USA, Columbus OHColumbus is the capital and largest city in the U.S. state of Ohio, and the state's third largest metropolitan area, behind Cleveland and Cincinnati. The city has a diverse economy based on education, insurance, banking, fashion, defence, aviation, food, logistics, steel, energy, medical research, health care, hospitality, retail, and technology.

The United States of America (USA) is in North America, bordering both the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Pacific Ocean, between Canada and Mexico. The climate is mostly temperate, but tropical in Hawaii and Florida, arctic in Alaska, semi arid in the great plains west of the Mississippi River, and arid in the Great Basin of the southwest.

The official language is English. It is predominant in business circles throughout the US. The US has highly cosmopolitan immigrant communities, particularly in cities who speak many other languages. Spanish is widely spoken in districts of most cities, as well as areas near the Mexican border. The main religion is Christianity.

The economy of the United States is a capitalist mixed economy, fuelled by abundant natural resources, a well-developed infrastructure, and high productivity. The U.S. economy is the largest national economy in the world, with an estimated gross domestic product (GDP) equal to a quarter of nominal global GDP and a fifth of global GDP at purchasing power parity.

Expatriate business dress is generally formal, comprising jacket and tie for men and suits for women, although this may differ by industry and state.

The security risk for expatriates in the United States is low overall, but medium in low-income, inner-city areas. Risks include terrorism, opportunistic street crime (such as pickpocketing, bag-snatching, mugging and vehicle theft), and violent crime in low-income, inner-city areas. Other risks include hurricanes, forest fires, and snowstorms.

The currency of United States is the US Dollar (USD). Banking is on a par with the rest of Western Europe and North America.

Medical facilities are good, however the cost of treatment for expatriates can be high. Some hospitals may ask non-US residents to pay a deposit or ‘good faith’ payment on admittance.

The population of Columbus OH is 2.4 Million (2016 est.), while the inflation rate is 1.1% (2016 est.).

Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in Columbus OH as at 1 September 2016 is low in comparison to other places in the world.

In Columbus OH, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports):
1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: High
2) Clothing: Low
3) Communication: High
4) Education: High
5) Furniture & Appliances: Very Low
6) Groceries: Low
7) Healthcare: Very High
8) Household Accommodation: Low
9) Miscellaneous: Very Low
10) Personal Care: Average
11) Recreation & Culture: Very Low
12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Average
13) Transport: Average

Columbus OH is for example 9% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 2.8% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 30.7% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai.

Columbus OH is ranked as a minimal hardship location.

The hardship premium for Columbus OH for an expat from Perth, is for example 0%, i.e. host location (Columbus OH) premium of 10% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%.

Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Columbus OH? Register subscribe to your home location and Columbus OH and run your personalised reports.