My wife and I are trying to decide if columbus ohio is better than charlotte nc. Here is a little boring history. We are origionaly from maine. We decided 1 yr ago to move because the cost of living is significantly less and to money is significantly better. My wife being a nurse and myself being an HVAC service tech, we are able to live just about anywhere, but our 4 yr old daughter is going to be starting school soon and there seems to be more opertunity for private schools in columbus than charlotte, plus we have family and friends in columbus and no friends in charlotte. I like cold winters and snow especially around the christmas, but financially I need to know if utility costs are the same if not a little less. Insurances are not an issue because our jobs offer some what better payment offers. Job opertunity is the same for my wife and I, so no pay cut. If anyone has lived in columbus and is familiar with utility cost and now lives near charlotte and can tell the comparison it would be great. The time we have spent in columbus, there seems to be a lot to do, but I find it the same in charlotte since I came from a town in maine of about 5000 people. Thanks for the insite if anyone has any.