Columbia 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.
IndexColumbiaVirginiaNational
Cost of living index85109100
IndexColumbiaVirginiaNational
Goods & Services index107100100
Groceries index10395100
Health care index117101100
Housing index46133100
Transportation index9193100
Utilities index94100100

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  • The cost of living in Columbia is 21% lower than the Virginia average.
  • The cost of living in Columbia is 15% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Columbia is 54% 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$28,750$2,396$671$863
Renters$0$0$0$0

Virginia Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Virginia5.3%6%

Virginia Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Virginia2%5.75%

Goods & Services

ItemColumbiaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.29$15.568.2%
Beauty Salon $42.94$36.1118.9%
Toothpaste $2.39$2.473.3%
Shampoo $1.04$0.968.1%
Movie $11.93$10.1317.8%
Bowling $6.29$4.7432.8%

Groceries

ItemColumbiaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.12$3.983.3%
Fried Chicken $1.26$1.4110.2%
Milk $1.79$2.0613.3%
Potatoes $3.52$2.9818.1%
Pizza $7.99$9.4715.7%
Beer $9.58$8.798.9%

Health Care

ItemColumbiaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $115.56$101.0414.4%
Doctor $116.67$107.448.6%
Dentist $122.19$90.4235.1%
Ibuprofen $8.30$9.2810.5%
Lipitor $452.35$426.506.1%

Housing

ItemColumbiaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $80,000.00$175,700.0054.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,215.46$1,133.237.3%
Apartment Rent $0.00$920.00100.0%

Transportation

ItemColumbiaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.86$1.996.8%
Tire Balancing $39.74$45.7613.2%

Utilities

ItemColumbiaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$173.48$163.815.9%
Phone $22.60$28.3920.4%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Palmyra, VA1371033%
Lake Monticello, VA9,54711212%
Goochland, VA79412626%
Rivanna, VA1,77218484%
Columbia, VA8785-15%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Andover, SD8779-21%
Soldier Creek, SD8769-31%
Big Bend, CA8794-6%
Haysville, PA8787-13%
Ingram, WI8779-21%
Columbia, VA8785-15%
Source: The Columbia, VA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.