Cologne vs Columbus - Cost of Living Comparison

Cologne Columbus
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1502
$1891
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$3553
$4883
🏠 One person rent
$800
$1076
🏘️ Family rent
$1406
$2103
🍽️ Food expenses
$375
$548
🚐 Transport expenses
$205
$140
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$2485
$4470
😷 Air quality
Excellent
Moderate
✈️ Airport proximity
15 km
10 km
🎓 Higher education
91
71
😀 Quality of life
95
89
🏙️ Population
1.08M
914K

The cost of living in Cologne is 21% less expensive than in Columbus. Cities ranked 2657th and 1832nd ($1502 vs $1891) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 13th and 1693rd in Germany and the United States, respectively. Check Germany vs the United States comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.7 months in Cologne compared to 2.4 months in Columbus. Cologne ranked 3rd best city to live in Germany vs Columbus ranked 29th in the United States, while ranked 15th and 132nd among best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Cologne vs Columbus

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Cologne Columbus
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$12
$19.1
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$43.4
$64.4
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.6
$8.05
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.95
$4.77
 Cappuccino
$2.83
$4.28
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.32
$2.22
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$746
$1144
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$597
$834
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1462
$2446
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1077
$1712
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$143
$119
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$221
$183
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$30.1
$61.9
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
2.4%
5%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$6543
$7844
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4352
$1810
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$3.1
$2.1
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$97.6
$61.8
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$20.7
$17.8
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.94
$1.19
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.02
$0.79
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.73
$2.24
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.8
$3.39
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.73
$2.85
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$10.6
$10.2
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.02
$12.2
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$16.5
$14.6
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.68
$5.28
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.61
$1.58
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.82
$3.26
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.97
$3.81
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.68
$2.74
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.91
$2.48
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.25
$1.02
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.68
$1.61
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$7.08
$12
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.8
$2.86
🚬 Cigarette pack
$7.34
$7.9
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$7.01
$8.09
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.02
$4.29
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.48
$3.26
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.64
$1.45
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$30
$39.9
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$11.5
$11.9
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$47.9
$91.9
💇 Haircut, simple
$16.9
$12.7
👖 Brand Jeans
$87.2
$43.9
👟 Brand Sneakers
$89.9
$78.2
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$512
$1269
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$10097
$24941

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Distance City Cost of living
9.2 km or 5.7 mi Hurth
$1222
10 km or 6.4 mi Leverkusen
$1474
10 km or 6.4 mi Frechen
$1221
13 km or 7.9 mi Bruhl
$1161
13 km or 7.9 mi Pulheim
$1219
14 km or 8.4 mi Wesseling
$1214
14 km or 8.5 mi Bergisch Gladbach
$1186
15 km or 9.3 mi Niederkassel
$1217
16 km or 10 mi Rosrath
$1219
18 km or 11 mi Monheim am Rhein
$1220
19 km or 12 mi Dormagen
$1220
19 km or 12 mi Erftstadt
$1218
19 km or 12 mi Langenfeld
$1217
20 km or 12 mi Troisdorf
$1221
20 km or 12 mi Leichlingen
$1219
20 km or 12 mi Kerpen
$1218
21 km or 13 mi Bornheim
$1213
21 km or 13 mi Lohmar
$1215
22 km or 14 mi Bergheim
$1138
23 km or 15 mi Siegburg
$1212
24 km or 15 mi Overath
$1217
25 km or 16 mi Sankt Augustin
$1219
25 km or 16 mi Bonn
$1440
26 km or 16 mi Hilden
$1218
26 km or 16 mi Solingen
$969
27 km or 17 mi Elsdorf
$1214
28 km or 17 mi Wermelskirchen
$1221
28 km or 17 mi Haan
$1215
28 km or 18 mi Bedburg
$1214
29 km or 18 mi Hennef
$1216
31 km or 19 mi Grevenbroich
$1218
31 km or 19 mi Remscheid
$1209
31 km or 20 mi Erkrath
$1221
33 km or 20 mi Konigswinter
$1215
34 km or 21 mi Euskirchen
$1211
34 km or 21 mi Neuss
$1281
34 km or 21 mi Mettmann
$1218
35 km or 21 mi Zulpich
$1221
35 km or 21 mi Meckenheim
$1218
35 km or 22 mi Dusseldorf
$1470

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Distance City Cost of living
8.6 km or 5.3 mi Upper Arlington
$1944
11 km or 7.1 mi Grove
$1946
13 km or 8.3 mi Gahanna
$1940
15 km or 9 mi Hilliard
$1942
17 km or 11 mi Reynoldsburg
$1939
18 km or 11 mi Dublin
$1596
19 km or 12 mi Westerville
$1904
22 km or 13 mi Pickerington
$1943
38 km or 24 mi Delaware
$1919
43 km or 27 mi Lancaster
$1947
43 km or 27 mi Marysville
$1941
51 km or 32 mi Newark
$1941
69 km or 43 mi Springfield
$1779
70 km or 43 mi Chillicothe
$1918
70 km or 44 mi Marion
$1940
84 km or 52 mi Zanesville
$1967
86 km or 53 mi Xenia
$1945
89 km or 55 mi Fairborn
$1783
94 km or 59 mi Beavercreek
$1935
97 km or 60 mi Huber Heights
$1944
97 km or 60 mi Mansfield
$1593
98 km or 61 mi Riverside
$1947
103 km or 64 mi Kettering
$1951
103 km or 64 mi Troy
$1950
104 km or 65 mi Athens
$1215
104 km or 65 mi Centerville
$1944
105 km or 65 mi Dayton
$1593
105 km or 65 mi Sidney
$1916
108 km or 67 mi Piqua
$1936
112 km or 69 mi Trotwood
$1943
116 km or 72 mi Ashland
$1235
120 km or 74 mi Lebanon
$1919
128 km or 80 mi Middletown
$1633
128 km or 80 mi Lima
$1310
130 km or 81 mi Wooster
$1347
131 km or 81 mi Mason
$1941
132 km or 82 mi Findlay
$1945
136 km or 84 mi Portsmouth
$1362
144 km or 90 mi New Philadelphia
$1949
146 km or 91 mi Norwalk
$1944