Abingdon cost of living index

In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.
IndexAbingdonVirginiaNational
Cost of living index96108100
IndexAbingdonVirginiaNational
Goods & Services index100100100
Groceries index9194100
Health care index8999100
Housing index94133100
Transportation index9493100
Utilities index98100100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Abingdon, VA cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Abingdon, VA is 96, which is 12% lower than the Virginia average and 4% lower than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Abingdon, VA are 1% higher than the Virginia average and equal to the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Abingdon is 12% lower than the Virginia average.
  • The cost of living in Abingdon is 4% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Abingdon is 6% lower than the national average.
  • Virginia general sales tax is 4% higher than the national average.
  • Virginia state income tax is 10% lower than the national average.

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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$61,250$5,104$1,429$1,838
Renters$24,073$2,006$562$722
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Abingdon, VA, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Abingdon, VA has a median income of about $61,250 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,429 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $24,073. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $562 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Virginia Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Virginia5.3%6%

Virginia Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Virginia2%5.75%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Abingdon, VA, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Virginia, as well as the rate for income tax in Virginia. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for Virginia is 6%, and the sales tax in the state of Virginia is 5.3%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in Virginia starts from 2% and goes up to 5.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemAbingdonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $11.00$14.5924.6%
Beauty Salon $32.33$34.686.8%
Toothpaste $2.18$2.4711.9%
Shampoo $0.98$1.024.1%
Movie $10.50$9.876.4%
Bowling $3.85$4.3912.3%

Groceries

ItemAbingdonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.67$4.484.3%
Fried Chicken $1.15$1.4621.5%
Milk $2.46$2.364.4%
Potatoes $3.31$3.068.1%
Pizza $11.49$9.2424.3%
Beer $8.58$8.630.6%

Health Care

ItemAbingdonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $101.67$99.781.9%
Doctor $89.33$105.0315.0%
Dentist $85.33$88.703.8%
Ibuprofen $7.97$9.4115.3%
Lipitor $246.50$298.5017.4%

Housing

ItemAbingdonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $185,500.00$175,700.005.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $818.14$1,081.0324.3%
Apartment Rent $605.00$920.0034.2%

Transportation

ItemAbingdonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.04$2.092.6%
Tire Balancing $39.00$45.2913.9%

Utilities

ItemAbingdonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$153.53$170.8010.1%
Phone $30.65$28.268.5%
Although the cost of living data is updated regularly, this cost of living information is to be used as estimates only as prices can change on an ongoing basis.

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Saltville, VA2,37482-18%
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Bristol, TN26,70586-14%
Abingdon, VA8,17696-4%

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Abingdon, VA8,17696-4%
Source: The Abingdon, VA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.