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While health care and commodity costs where often higher in Dayton, most area residents had lower monthly expenses than their counterparts in larger cities.
Average apartment rent, for example, was $765 in Dayton in the first quarter; $872 in Cincinnati; and $911 in Columbus, according to CCER’s average price index. Meanwhile, monthly energy bills totaled $124.84 in Dayton, compared to $125.64 in Columbus, and $163.30 in Cincinnati.
Middle-class households shrinking in Dayton
However, while the average price of a loaf of bread in Cincinnati was $2.91 — the average price was 17 cents higher in Dayton at $3.08.
Nationally, the cost of living ranged from more than twice the national average in New York City to 20 percent below the national average in McAllen, Texas.