Rent to own Homes in Columbus, OH

The city named after Christopher Columbus had a population of 787,033 in 2010 and grew to an estimated 898,553 residents - a 13.9% increase - in 2019. Its popularity always stemmed from its location along major highways and within a 500-mile radius of nearly half of the country's population. It is the home of several old institutions of higher learning, among them Ohio State University, Capital University, Otterbein University, Pontifical College Josephinum, and Columbus College of Art and Design - all of which were founded in the 1800s.

Columbus earned the nickname Cowtown because it had the largest cattle farm in the world at the turn of the 20th century. The city now has a well-rounded economy that includes industries such as wholesale and retail trade, construction and mining, transportation and utilities, financial activities, professional and business services, education and health, leisure and hospitality, and government. None of these sectors are overly dominant over the others. Nationwide, American Electric Power, L Brands, Alliance Data Systems, and Huntington Bancshares are five Columbus-based Fortune 500 companies, and eight Fortune 1000 corporations call this city home.

Columbus, OH is a great place for affordable rent-to-own homes! With a median household income of over $54,902 and a median rent of $989, the Columbus, OH rent-to-own market is more affordable than the traditional housing market which has shown tremendous growth across the U.S. and with it, aggressive competition for home purchases. With the current housing shortage trend it can make it harder to become a homeowner, including in Columbus, OH. This means higher than average down payments for homes and higher qualification standards for conventional home loans. With a rent-to-own property, tenants are also buyers. You can live in the house for a set amount of time before you purchase it, meaning that you get to know the house, your neighbors, and your community before making the final purchase. This enables you and your family to make the right choice based on both information and experience. Rent-to-own is also a great alternative way to get into a home if you have bad credit or don't have enough saved for a down payment.

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New
892 Chatham Ln
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Cranbrook
Townhouse/Condo
Columbus, OH 43221
1
1
836 ft2
1969
3929 MOUNTVIEW RD
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Upper Arlington
Single Family Home
Columbus, OH 43220
3
3
1425 ft2
1957
6997 NEW ALBANY LINKS DR
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New Albany
Single Family Home
New Albany, OH 43054
5
4
4436 ft2
2002
69 W 5th Ave
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Short North
Single Family Home
Columbus, OH 43201
3
2
2110 ft2
1900
New
1 of 282 51 N High St
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Downtown Columbus
Townhouse/Condo
Columbus, OH 43215
2
3
1386 ft2
1916
8029 BEDFORD CT
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Single Family Home
Westerville, OH 43082
4
3
2662 ft2
1997
2053 LORETTA AVE
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Arlington Park
Single Family Home
Columbus, OH 43211
2
1
1056 ft2
1925
963 KELCI JAYNE CT
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Hazelwood
Single Family Home
Pataskala, OH 43062
4
4
3084 ft2
2003
91 MADISON AVE
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Southeast Newark
Single Family Home
Newark, OH 43055
2
1
1144 ft2
1920
11509 BLUE JAY RD
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Single Family Home
Heath, OH 43056
2
2
1311 ft2
1980
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1 of 24 5019 CLAYMILL DR
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Single Family Home
Hilliard, OH 43026
4
3
2375 ft2
1996
Hot
1 of 17 1097 MEADOW LN
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Single Family Home
Columbus, OH 43207
2
1
798 ft2
1955
1 of 19 968 KYLE AVE
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Single Family Home
Columbus, OH 43207
3
2
1088 ft2
1971
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1 of 9 403 E 12TH AVE
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Indianola Terrace
Single Family Home
Columbus, OH 43201
3
2
1615 ft2
1900
1266 EASTWOOD AVE
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King-Lincoln Bronzeville
Single Family Home
Columbus, OH 43203
4
1
1572 ft2
1900
199 W 5TH AVE #D
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Townhouse/Condo
Columbus, OH 43201
2
1
812 ft2
1971
1 of 4 834 S LAZELLE ST
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German Village
Single Family Home
Columbus, OH 43206
2
2
1578 ft2
1899
1 of 24 1 MIRANOVA PL #810
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Downtown Columbus
Townhouse/Condo
Columbus, OH 43215
2
3
1875 ft2
2000
1 of 17 1349 Lamson Avenue
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Innis Garden Village
Multifamily (2 - 4 Units)
Columbus, OH 43204
3
2
1004 ft2
1964
5269 BAGLEY RD
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Pine Hills
Single Family Home
Columbus, OH 43232
3
2
1093 ft2
1963
1 of 4 3488 TRENTON RD
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Single Family Home
Columbus, OH 43232
4
3
1760 ft2
1963
Hot
1 of 18 5592 LYNX DR
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Little Turtle
Single Family Home
Westerville, OH 43081
4
4
2780 ft2
1988
Hot
1 of 19 1254 SPRING BROOK CT
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Westerville
Townhouse/Condo
Westerville, OH 43081
2
3
1219 ft2
1989
Hot
1 of 19 6003 BRICKLIN ST
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West Albany
Single Family Home
Westerville, OH 43081
4
3
2693 ft2
2013
6650 COLLINGWOOD DR
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Single Family Home
Westerville, OH 43082
4
3
1762 ft2
2000
195 SUNSET DR
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Westerville
Single Family Home
Westerville, OH 43081
3
2
1640 ft2
1960
1 of 19 4159 Bishopsg@4159
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Multifamily (2 - 4 Units)
Powell, OH 43065
3
3
3518 ft2
2007
Hot
1 of 22 170 MORSE RD
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Sharon Heights
Single Family Home
Columbus, OH 43214
3
1
1107 ft2
1942
Hot
1 of 23 331 E BEECHWOLD BLVD
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East Beechwold
Single Family Home
Columbus, OH 43214
2
1
988 ft2
1963
160 E JEFFREY PL
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East Beechwold
Single Family Home
Columbus, OH 43214
3
2
1200 ft2
1940
Hot
5569 MALEKA CT
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The Gables
Single Family Home
Columbus, OH 43235
4
3
2360 ft2
1987
Hot
1 of 27 10617 BELMONT PL
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Single Family Home
Powell, OH 43065
4
4
3124 ft2
2001
Hot
1 of 33 8606 LAZELLE VILLAGE DR
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Olentangy
Townhouse/Condo
Lewis Center, OH 43035
3
3
2100 ft2
2002
Hot
1 of 8 296 EVERGREEN CIR
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Single Family Home
Pickerington, OH 43147
4
3
2832 ft2
2013
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1 of 40 782 PRESTON TRAILS DR
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Single Family Home
Pickerington, OH 43147
3
2
2650 ft2
2007
8184 ARTISAN WAY
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Townhouse/Condo
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
3
4
2751 ft2
2003
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1 of 23 6661 HARRISBURG PIKE
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Single Family Home
Orient, OH 43146
3
2
1296 ft2
1964
Hot
1 of 34 6861 HARDWOOD DR
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Single Family Home
Galloway, OH 43119
3
3
2430 ft2
1965
5649 BOYD RD
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Single Family Home
Grove City, OH 43123
3
2
1944 ft2
1984
2498 WELLESLEY DR
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Upper Arlington
Single Family Home
Columbus, OH 43221
3
2
1706 ft2
1947
Hot
1 of 18 3349 THUNDERBIRD CT
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Golfview Woods
Single Family Home
Columbus, OH 43228
3
2
1470 ft2
1988
Hot
1 of 54 5976 ULSTER DR
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Shannon Heights
Single Family Home
Dublin, OH 43016
3
2
1600 ft2
1990
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Buying a Home in Columbus, OH

Columbus, OH is seeing rapid growth and Columbus, OH's' housing market remains optimal with an average home price that is -26% below the 2024 national average. Columbus, OH is part of Franklin county and taxes are an important factor to consider when purchasing a home whether through rent to own or a traditional purchase. The average tax rate as of 2024 for county Franklin is 1.67% which is above the national average, which is 0.99%.

Median Home Price in Columbus, OH

Median Rent in Columbus, OH

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Average Cost of Living in Columbus

The overall cost of living in Columbus is 14.5% lower than the national average, and nearly 3% higher than Ohio's average. Cincinnati and Akron are the two closest cities with a population of more than 200,000. Cincinnati is 95 miles from Columbus and its cost of living is 0.9% lower, while Akron is 110 miles away and is 16% lower. But neighboring cities are more expensive than Columbus. For example, Hilliard is slightly more than 16% higher, and Gahanna is 10.7% more costly. For its location and size, Columbus is an affordable place to live.

Average Home Prices in Columbus

Columbus might not have the cheapest housing in the state, but it is still very well priced. The median price of a house in the city is $157,700. The national median is $231,200, which is $73,500 more, and the state is $17,000 lower at $140,700. Homes in larger Ohio cities are generally less costly than Columbus. Akron is over $90,000 less at $66,500, and Cincinnati is $13,400 cheaper at $144,300. However, in the Columbus area, the housing markets are generally more expensive. The price of a home in Powell is $374,800, and the median cost in Westerville is $295,800. Considering its economy, popularity, and location, Columbus has a reasonably priced real estate market and is an excellent spot for people looking for rent-to-own homes.

Columbus Statistics

If you're interested in Columbus rent-to-own homes, don't forget to consider important factors in addition to monthly living costs, such as average commute, taxes, crime rates, etc. The following are some common Columbus statistics compared to the U.S. national average.

Columbus AveragesNational Averages
One-Way Commute21.6 minutes26.4 minutes
Violent Crime29.022.7
Property Crime57.135.4
Unemployment Rate3.8%3.9%
Income Tax Rate5.7%4.6%
Air Quality4658
Water Quality4955
Median Household Income$44,774$53,482
Median Property Taxes$3,100$2,200
Utilities$150/month$112/month
Monthly Rent$960$1,470
Median Home Cost$157,700$231,200
Median Home Age37 years40 years

Popular Amenities and Attractions in Columbus

Columbus has an excellent transportation system. Its two national airports - John Glenn Columbus and Rickenbacker - conveniently transport passengers to any location in the world. When you land at John Glenn, you can take an AirConnect bus for a 30-minute drive to downtown. It's easy to travel throughout the region thanks to COTA buses that run every 15 minutes, seven days a week. There are many options for getting around downtown. The CBUS and open-air golf cart rides are free of charge, and you can choose the city's bike share or scooter rentals 24/7. You can also use Uber, Lyft, Yellow Cab of Columbus, or Zipcar. All in all, transportation in Columbus is very convenient for anyone who doesn't have a car or prefers not to use one.

Columbus has 29 community centers with programs for children and adults in arts, sports, and health and wellness. Track meets, indoor and outdoor basketball, horseback riding, and a variety of summer camps are all available through the city's Parks and Recreation department. There are nearly 250 parks in Columbus, ranging from small kiddie areas to recreational areas spanning hundreds of acres. Walking trails, camping sites, baseball diamonds, basketball courts - you name it, the city has it.

For a unique experience, check out the 148-acre Whetstone Park. In addition to its fishing, playground, and recreation areas, it features the 13-acre Park of Roses with more than 350 different types of roses and 11,000 roses in total. You'll also find a 5.1-acre native Ohio prairie within the park.

Columbus is a beautiful city. Its government cares about its residents, as is evident by the services they provide. Columbus has an excellent school system, a diverse economy, a great housing market, and a convenient location. Take advantage of the abundance of rent-to-own opportunities available in the city and check out Columbus when you're ready to look at rent-to-own homes - you'll find that there's a lot more to Cowtown than just cattle.