Emporia 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.
IndexEmporiaVirginiaNational
Cost of living index88109100
IndexEmporiaVirginiaNational
Goods & Services index97100100
Groceries index9395100
Health care index105101100
Housing index67133100
Transportation index9593100
Utilities index99100100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Emporia, VA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Emporia, VA enjoy a cost of living index of 88. This index is 19% lower than the Virginia average, and 12% lower than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Emporia, VA, the average cost of goods and services is 3% lower than it is in Virginia, and it is 3% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Emporia is 19% lower than the Virginia average.
  • The cost of living in Emporia is 12% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Emporia is 33% 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$49,452$4,121$1,154$1,484
Renters$22,179$1,848$517$665
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Emporia, 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 Emporia, VA homeowners, is $49,452. This would allow for a maximum of $1,154 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $22,179 which would result in a maximum of $517 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%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Emporia, 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

ItemEmporiaNational 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

ItemEmporiaNational 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

ItemEmporiaNational 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

ItemEmporiaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $114,100.00$175,700.0035.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $983.91$1,133.2313.2%
Apartment Rent $669.00$920.0027.3%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemEmporiaNational 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.
Gaston, NC96281-19%
Seaboard, NC75686-14%
Jarratt, VA66488-12%
Emporia, VA5,68288-12%

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Wyndmoor, PA5,68112828%
Strawberry, CA5,684220120%
Conley, GA5,67987-13%
Sharon Hill, PA5,6851033%
Sinton, TX5,67883-17%
Emporia, VA5,68288-12%
Source: The Emporia, VA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.