circle-bikersColumbus offers a low cost of living – and a high quality of life. This combination makes our town a place you’ll enjoy for a long time.

City-Data.com Index – March 2016

88.6 vs. 100 U.S. average (11.4% less than U.S. average)

Sperling’s Best Places Index 

  • Overall: 92 vs. 100 U.S.
  • Grocery: 93.3 vs 100 U.S.
  • Housing: 79 vs 100 U.S.
  • Food: 93.3 vs 100 U.S.

AreaVibes.com Index (5% less than U.S. average)

  • Cost of Living: 92 vs 100 U.S.
  • Goods & Services: 98 vs 100
  • Groceries: 94 vs 100
  • Health Care: 99 vs 100
  • Housing: 84 vs 100
  • Transportation: 92 vs 100
  • Utilities: 91 vs 100

AARP Ranking – TOP 10 AFFORDABLE CITIES

In their Sept./Oct. 2011 magazine article “10 Affordable Cities for Retirement,” AARP chose Columbus as one of its top ten cities to retire in, saying, “Never heard of Columbus? That’s fine – residents love this little city’s under-the-radar charm. Less than an hour south of Indianapolis and east of Bloomington, Columbus has it all…”