Colonial Heights 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.
IndexColonial HeightsVirginiaNational
Cost of living index99108100
IndexColonial HeightsVirginiaNational
Goods & Services index99100100
Groceries index9694100
Health care index10199100
Housing index100133100
Transportation index8893100
Utilities index111100100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Colonial Heights, VA cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Colonial Heights, VA is 99, which is 8% lower than the Virginia average and 1% 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 Colonial Heights, VA are equal to the Virginia average and 1% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Colonial Heights is 8% lower than the Virginia average.
  • The cost of living in Colonial Heights is 1% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Colonial Heights is equal to 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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The salary calculator is meant to help you compare your salary in Colonial Heights, VA to your potential earning power in another city. This can help you deduce what your salary would need to be in any given city in order for you to live the same lifestyle that you do in your current city. In other words, if you plan on moving to a city where the cost of living is higher than in Colonial Heights, VA, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Colonial Heights, VA salary calculator, simply input the new city, then move the adjustable slider to match your current income. Once you've selected your income, the calculator will determine if that income is sufficient to support your standard of living in the new city you entered. The calculator will also supply you with a rundown of living costs in the new city.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
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 Colonial Heights, 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. Colonial Heights, VA has a median income of about $66,083 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,542 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $34,415. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $803 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Virginia Sales Tax

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Virginia Income Tax

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One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Colonial Heights, VA is the Virginia sales tax and Virginia income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The Virginia sales tax rate is 5.3% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 6%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The Virginia income tax rates range from 2% to 5.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemColonial HeightsNational 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%


ItemColonial HeightsNational 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

ItemColonial HeightsNational 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%


ItemColonial HeightsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $176,300.00$175,700.000.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $876.77$1,081.0318.9%
Apartment Rent $903.00$920.001.8%


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


ItemColonial HeightsNational 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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Hopewell, VA22,37593-7%
Bensley, VA5,86593-7%
Bellwood, VA5,88994-6%
Colonial Heights, VA17,54299-1%

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Colonial Heights, VA17,54299-1%
Source: The Colonial Heights, VA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.