Dranesville 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.
IndexDranesvilleVirginiaNational
Cost of living index155109100
IndexDranesvilleVirginiaNational
Goods & Services index104100100
Groceries index11395100
Health care index95101100
Housing index270133100
Transportation index10993100
Utilities index100100100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Dranesville, VA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Virginia and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Dranesville, VA is 155, which is 43% higher than the Virginia average and 55% higher than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Dranesville, VA are 4% higher than the average for Virginia and 4% higher than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Dranesville is 43% higher than the Virginia average.
  • The cost of living in Dranesville is 55% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Dranesville is 170% higher 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$173,370$14,448$4,045$5,202
Renters$110,781$9,232$2,585$3,324
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 Dranesville, 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. Dranesville, VA has a median income of about $173,370 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $4,045 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $110,781. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $2,585 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 considering the overall cost of living expenses in Dranesville, VA, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Virginia, as well as the rate for income tax in Virginia. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for Virginia is 6%, and the sales tax in the state of Virginia is 5.3%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in Virginia starts from 2% and goes up to 5.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemDranesvilleNational avg.Difference
Haircut $19.56$15.5625.7%
Beauty Salon $55.56$36.1153.9%
Toothpaste $2.78$2.4712.6%
Shampoo $0.99$0.962.2%
Movie $13.06$10.1328.9%
Bowling $5.30$4.7411.9%

Groceries

ItemDranesvilleNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.32$3.988.5%
Fried Chicken $1.87$1.4132.9%
Milk $2.37$2.0614.7%
Potatoes $3.85$2.9829.2%
Pizza $9.82$9.473.7%
Beer $9.99$8.7913.6%

Health Care

ItemDranesvilleNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $72.75$101.0428.0%
Doctor $93.11$107.4413.3%
Dentist $85.67$90.425.3%
Ibuprofen $10.08$9.288.6%
Lipitor $443.02$426.503.9%

Housing

ItemDranesvilleNational avg.Difference
Home Price $514,700.00$175,700.00192.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,420.26$1,133.23113.6%
Apartment Rent $2,001.00$920.00117.5%

Transportation

ItemDranesvilleNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.15$1.997.7%
Tire Balancing $51.28$45.7612.1%

Utilities

ItemDranesvilleNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$172.28$163.815.2%
Phone $26.86$28.395.4%
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.
Leisure World, MD9,08911313%
Montgomery Village, MD33,02712020%
Woodlawn CDP (Fairfax County), VA20,81112323%
Seven Corners, VA8,34312525%
Oak Grove, VA1,62512323%
Dranesville, VA12,12815555%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Woodland Park, NJ12,12913333%
Dallas, GA12,12991-9%
Larkspur, CA12,131274174%
Chatham, IL12,13196-4%
Blue Ash, OH12,1241055%
Dranesville, VA12,12815555%
Source: The Dranesville, VA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.