Arlington 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.
IndexArlingtonVirginiaNational
Cost of living index161108100
IndexArlingtonVirginiaNational
Goods & Services index98100100
Groceries index11294100
Health care index9499100
Housing index296133100
Transportation index12193100
Utilities index98100100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Arlington, VA is shown above. Compared to the state average of Virginia the cost of living index in Arlington, VA is 161, which is 49% higher than the average in Virginia and compared to the national average it is 61% higher than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Arlington, VA goods and services come in at 2% lower than the average in Virginia and are 2% lower than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Arlington is 49% higher than the Virginia average.
  • The cost of living in Arlington is 61% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Arlington is 196% higher 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$147,753$12,313$3,447$4,433
Renters$81,709$6,809$1,906$2,452
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 Arlington, 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. Arlington, VA has a median income of about $147,753 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $3,447 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $81,709. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $1,906 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 assessing the complete cost of living in Arlington, VA, the Virginia income tax and the Virginia sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The Virginia maximum surtax is 6%, and the Virginia sales tax is 5.3%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 2% to 5.75% in Virginia.

Goods & Services

ItemArlingtonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.50$14.5919.9%
Beauty Salon $53.25$34.6853.5%
Toothpaste $2.24$2.479.4%
Shampoo $1.02$1.020.2%
Movie $12.71$9.8728.8%
Bowling $5.38$4.3922.5%

Groceries

ItemArlingtonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.49$4.4822.0%
Fried Chicken $1.66$1.4613.4%
Milk $2.68$2.3613.7%
Potatoes $3.69$3.0620.5%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $9.29$8.637.6%

Health Care

ItemArlingtonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $73.50$99.7826.3%
Doctor $87.20$105.0317.0%
Dentist $86.40$88.702.6%
Ibuprofen $11.38$9.4120.9%
Lipitor $293.64$298.501.6%

Housing

ItemArlingtonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $594,800.00$175,700.00238.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,743.63$1,081.03153.8%
Apartment Rent $1,802.00$920.0095.9%

Transportation

ItemArlingtonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.59$2.0923.8%
Tire Balancing $52.00$45.2914.8%

Utilities

ItemArlingtonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$167.80$170.801.8%
Phone $27.32$28.263.3%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Woodlawn, VA2,08286-14%
Cottage City, MD1,07099-1%
Belle Haven, VA37695-5%
Capitol Heights, MD4,4521055%
Silver Hill, MD5,3351055%
Arlington, VA220,17316161%

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Arlington, VA220,17316161%
Source: The Arlington, VA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.