Bensley 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.
IndexBensleyVirginiaNational
Cost of living index92109100
IndexBensleyVirginiaNational
Goods & Services index97100100
Groceries index9395100
Health care index105101100
Housing index80133100
Transportation index9593100
Utilities index99100100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Bensley, VA is displayed above. In Bensley, VA, the overall cost of living index is 92, which is 16% lower than the Virginia average and 8% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Bensley, VA, the city's goods and services are 3% lower than the Virginia average and 3% lower than the U.S. average.

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  • The cost of living in Bensley is 16% lower than the Virginia average.
  • The cost of living in Bensley is 8% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Bensley is 20% 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$43,021$3,585$1,004$1,291
Renters$30,090$2,508$702$903
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Bensley, VA as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Bensley, VA homeowners, is $43,021. This would allow for a maximum of $1,004 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $30,090 which would result in a maximum of $702 to be spent on rental costs.

Virginia Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Virginia5.3%6%

Virginia Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Virginia2%5.75%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Bensley, VA you will want to make sure you consider both the Virginia sales tax and the Virginia income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Virginia is 5.3%, with the highest surtax being 6%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Virginia have a range from 2% to 5.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemBensleyNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.67$15.5619.9%
Beauty Salon $36.33$36.110.6%
Toothpaste $1.78$2.4728.1%
Shampoo $0.88$0.968.5%
Movie $10.96$10.138.3%
Bowling $5.49$4.7415.9%

Groceries

ItemBensleyNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.97$3.980.3%
Fried Chicken $1.71$1.4121.3%
Milk $1.49$2.0628.0%
Potatoes $2.57$2.9813.8%
Pizza $8.46$9.4710.7%
Beer $9.40$8.796.9%

Health Care

ItemBensleyNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $98.96$101.042.1%
Doctor $95.17$107.4411.4%
Dentist $112.80$90.4224.8%
Ibuprofen $8.67$9.286.6%
Lipitor $403.57$426.505.4%

Housing

ItemBensleyNational avg.Difference
Home Price $136,100.00$175,700.0022.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $983.91$1,133.2313.2%
Apartment Rent $795.00$920.0013.6%

Transportation

ItemBensleyNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.88$1.995.6%
Tire Balancing $43.47$45.765.0%

Utilities

ItemBensleyNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$146.74$163.8110.4%
Phone $31.66$28.3911.5%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Hopewell, VA22,37591-9%
Montrose, VA7,68691-9%
Bellwood, VA5,88992-8%
Ettrick, VA5,66093-7%
Dumbarton, VA8,34694-6%
Bensley, VA5,86592-8%

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Tanglewilde, WA5,8651055%
Malone, NY5,86694-6%
Nibley, UT5,86698-2%
Lake Bluff, IL5,86716464%
Marlin, TX5,86777-23%
Bensley, VA5,86592-8%
Source: The Bensley, VA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.