Big Stone Gap 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.
IndexBig Stone GapVirginiaNational
Cost of living index86108100
IndexBig Stone GapVirginiaNational
Goods & Services index100100100
Groceries index9194100
Health care index8999100
Housing index60133100
Transportation index9493100
Utilities index98100100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Big Stone Gap, VA cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Big Stone Gap, VA is 86, which is 21% lower than the Virginia average and 14% 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 Big Stone Gap, VA are 1% higher than the Virginia average and equal to the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Big Stone Gap is 21% lower than the Virginia average.
  • The cost of living in Big Stone Gap is 14% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Big Stone Gap is 40% 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$52,784$4,399$1,232$1,584
Renters$19,139$1,595$447$574
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 Big Stone Gap, 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. Big Stone Gap, VA has a median income of about $52,784 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,232 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $19,139. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $447 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 you are determining the total cost of living in Big Stone Gap, 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

ItemBig Stone GapNational 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

ItemBig Stone GapNational 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

ItemBig Stone GapNational 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

ItemBig Stone GapNational avg.Difference
Home Price $101,500.00$175,700.0042.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $818.14$1,081.0324.3%
Apartment Rent $610.00$920.0033.7%

Transportation

ItemBig Stone GapNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.04$2.092.6%
Tire Balancing $39.00$45.2913.9%

Utilities

ItemBig Stone GapNational 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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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Keokee, VA31376-24%
Clinchport, VA8377-23%
Cumberland, KY2,28277-23%
Rose Hill CDP (Lee County), VA79682-18%
Lynch, KY69680-20%
Big Stone Gap, VA5,55986-14%

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Milton, WI5,56293-7%
Windcrest, TX5,56296-4%
Big Stone Gap, VA5,55986-14%
Source: The Big Stone Gap, VA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.