Cost of Living

Your Dollar Goes Further in Southern Ohio

Cost of Living Index

Four-County Southern Ohio Region Ohio U.S.
National Index 85.25 88 100

*Source: Sperling’s Best Places (2015), using a national index where the US = 100.

Housing Is Affordable and Diverse

The median home cost in the Southern Ohio region is just under $100,000. The region has a wide variety of housing stock available, from rental housing to executive residences and everything in between.

Housing Statistics

Four-County Southern Ohio Region Ohio U.S.
Median Home Cost $97,225 $112,400 $170,100
Home ownership rate 61.5% 60.5% 57.3%

*Source: Sperling’s Best Places, 2015


Educational Attainment Levels

The Southern Ohio region includes an estimated 12,523 people with bachelor’s degrees, of which 7,901 have graduate degrees.

Educational Attainment


Percent of Population Age 25+
High School (or equivalent) 82.4%
Two-Year College Grads 7.8%
Four-Year College Grads 9.3%
Graduate Degrees 5.5%

*Source: US Census Bureau, 2014

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