Thursday, September 22, 2011

Moving to Columbus

Today we look at moving to Columbus in USA from Leeds in United Kingdom. We highlight cost of living and other major differences likely to be experienced in our series of short blogs on moving between different international locations.
In Columbus and Leeds people speak English.

Columbus is the capital and largest city in the U.S. state of Ohio, and the state's third largest metropolitan area, behind Cleveland and Cincinnati. Leeds is a city and metropolitan borough in West Yorkshire, England. The city has a diverse economy based on education, insurance, banking, fashion, defense, aviation, food, logistics, steel, energy, medical research, health care, hospitality, retail, and technology. Leeds is the cultural, financial and commercial heart of the wider West Yorkshire Urban Area. Leeds is the UK's largest centre for business, legal, and financial services outside London.

The overall cost of living rank in Columbus is 259 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with low cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Leeds to Columbus will experience a change in cost of living of -32%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Columbus is ranked as a minimal hardship location with a hardship index of 10% compared to Leeds with a hardship index of 10% which is a minimal hardship location.

Source: Cost of Living Columbus USA as at July 2011.