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Cleveland: High Vibes, Low Cost of Living

Move over, Big Apple! Cleveland, Ohio, is strutting its stuff as the unsung hero of affordability in the U.S. Why live life on a shoestring in high-priced cities when you can live like royalty in Cleveland on a peasant’s budget?

Cost of Living: Less ‘Ouch’ More ‘Ahh’ Cleveland isn’t just a little bit cheaper than other cities – it’s “sell your row boat and buy a yacht” cheaper. With a cost of living that’s 6% lower than the national average that would make New Yorkers faint, Cleveland is like finding a designer suit at thrift store prices.

Source: PayScale​​.

Real Estate: Where Dreams and Budgets Align In the housing lottery of life, Cleveland is the jackpot. Median rent for a 2-bedroom apartment? A mere $1,040. Median home price for a suburban palace (a.k.a. 3BR, 2BA house)? Just $287,930. According to, cost of rent in Cleveland, OH averages 54% lower than Seattle, WA!

Source: City of Cleveland Economic Development​​.

Grocery Bills That Won’t Make You Weep Grocery shopping in Cleveland is like a treasure hunt where everything is half-off. Milk for less than a dollar? Eggs cheaper than a coffee at Starbucks? That’s just an average Tuesday in Cleveland.

Source: Numbeo​​.

Getting Around: Cheap and Cheerful Public transport in Cleveland doesn’t require a loan. With one-way tickets at $2.50 and monthly passes at $95, you’ll have enough left over for those concert tickets you’ve been eyeing. And utility bills? Let’s just say they’re more of a gentle breeze than a hurricane on your budget.

Source: Numbeo​​.

Work and Play: Because All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy Cleveland’s job market is as diverse as a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re gonna get, but it’s probably good. The average salary here sits comfortably at $52,142, making every payday feel like Christmas. And for play? The city’s cultural scene is as buzzing as a beehive with none of the stings – think world-class orchestras, museums, theatre districts, and parks as well as professional sports teams and access to the Lake Erie!

Source: City of Cleveland Economic Development​​.

In a Nutshell:

  • Cost of Living: It’s like living in a discount store – everything’s surprisingly affordable, especially compared to the national average​​. A family of four estimated monthly costs are 4,396.4$ without rent, a single person estimated monthly costs are 1,250.5$ without rent.
  • Housing Market: Imagine buying your dream home without selling a kidney – that’s Cleveland’s real estate market for you​​
  • Grocery Shopping: Where your wallet stays almost as full as your shopping cart​​.
  • Transportation and Utilities: Get around the city and keep your home cozy without emptying your piggy bank​​.
  • Employment and Lifestyle: Earn well, live better, and enjoy the cultural smorgasbord – all without breaking the bank​​.

So, why choose between saving money and living well when you can move to Cleveland and do both? Head here for more reasons to love Cleveland, Ohio.




Kyle is a content creator with a passion for exploring and telling stories. When he's not at his computer, you can find him in the city with his wife Kaitie, and/or his two kids. You'll enjoy reading about his experiences and insights if you're all about The Land, through, The Cleveland Tea Newsletter, and some of the posts on Cleve or Leave.

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