Bellwood 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.
Cost of living index94108100
Goods & Services index99100100
Groceries index9694100
Health care index10199100
Housing index83133100
Transportation index8893100
Utilities index111100100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Bellwood, VA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Bellwood, VA enjoy a cost of living index of 94. This index is 13% lower than the Virginia average, and 6% lower than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Bellwood, VA, the average cost of goods and services is equal to it is in Virginia, and it is 1% lower than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Bellwood is 13% lower than the Virginia average.
  • The cost of living in Bellwood is 6% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Bellwood is 17% 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

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One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Bellwood, VA by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Bellwood, VA have a median income of $43,972. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,026 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $23,603, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $551.

Virginia Sales Tax

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Virginia Income Tax

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For those who live in Bellwood, VA and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Virginia income tax rate and the Virginia sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In Virginia, the sales tax is 5.3%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 6%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in Virginia, the income tax rate ranges between 2% to 5.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemBellwoodNational avg.Difference
Haircut $19.00$14.5930.2%
Beauty Salon $35.40$34.682.1%
Toothpaste $1.78$2.4728.0%
Shampoo $1.25$1.0222.3%
Movie $10.50$9.876.4%
Bowling $5.93$4.3935.0%


ItemBellwoodNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.32$4.483.5%
Fried Chicken $1.49$1.461.8%
Milk $2.15$2.368.8%
Potatoes $3.07$3.060.3%
Pizza $8.49$9.248.1%
Beer $9.79$8.6313.4%

Health Care

ItemBellwoodNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $98.60$99.781.2%
Doctor $91.33$105.0313.0%
Dentist $95.28$88.707.4%
Ibuprofen $9.19$9.412.4%
Lipitor $324.24$298.508.6%


ItemBellwoodNational avg.Difference
Home Price $137,900.00$175,700.0021.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $876.77$1,081.0318.9%
Apartment Rent $851.00$920.007.5%


ItemBellwoodNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.76$2.0915.8%
Tire Balancing $44.77$45.291.1%


ItemBellwoodNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$177.03$170.803.6%
Phone $34.01$28.2620.4%
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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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Petersburg, VA32,43991-9%
Hopewell, VA22,37593-7%
Montrose, VA7,68693-7%
Bensley, VA5,86593-7%
Ettrick, VA5,66095-5%
Bellwood, VA5,88994-6%

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Bellwood, VA5,88994-6%
Source: The Bellwood, VA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.