Forest 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.
IndexForestVirginiaNational
Cost of living index100108100
IndexForestVirginiaNational
Goods & Services index95100100
Groceries index9294100
Health care index9599100
Housing index114133100
Transportation index8793100
Utilities index98100100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Forest, VA cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Forest, VA is 100, which is 8% lower than the Virginia average and equal to 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 Forest, VA are 5% lower than the Virginia average and 5% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Forest is 8% lower than the Virginia average.
  • The cost of living in Forest is equal to the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Forest is 14% 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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The salary calculator is used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Forest, VA to another city of your choice. The calculator will inform you of what your salary needs to be in any specific city in order for you to maintain your living standard based on what the city’s cost of living is. As an example, if you are seeking to move to a city that has a higher cost of living compared to Forest, VA, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Forest, VA salary calculator, input the new city’s name and then move the slider to indicate your current income. The salary calculator will now process the numbers and show you whether you need to earn more or less in the chosen city. A comprehensive breakdown of the cost of living will also be shown.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$74,602$6,217$1,741$2,238
Renters$28,972$2,414$676$869
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Forest, VA, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Forest, VA homeowners have a median income of $74,602. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,741 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $28,972, which means there is a maximum of $676 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

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 Forest, 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

ItemForestNational avg.Difference
Haircut $11.00$14.5924.6%
Beauty Salon $27.60$34.6820.4%
Toothpaste $1.90$2.4723.2%
Shampoo $0.92$1.0210.0%
Movie $11.50$9.8716.5%
Bowling $5.06$4.3915.2%

Groceries

ItemForestNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.48$4.480.1%
Fried Chicken $1.26$1.4613.9%
Milk $2.21$2.366.2%
Potatoes $2.99$3.062.3%
Pizza $8.59$9.247.1%
Beer $8.90$8.633.1%

Health Care

ItemForestNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $116.13$99.7816.4%
Doctor $87.94$105.0316.3%
Dentist $80.50$88.709.2%
Ibuprofen $8.99$9.414.5%
Lipitor $327.55$298.509.7%

Housing

ItemForestNational avg.Difference
Home Price $222,000.00$175,700.0026.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $864.79$1,081.0320.0%
Apartment Rent $783.00$920.0014.9%

Transportation

ItemForestNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.90$2.099.2%
Tire Balancing $34.40$45.2924.0%

Utilities

ItemForestNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$174.01$170.801.9%
Phone $26.01$28.267.9%
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.
Big Island, VA28980-20%
Rustburg, VA91685-15%
Madison Heights, VA10,35988-12%
Bedford, VA6,50889-11%
Lynchburg, VA77,62691-9%
Forest, VA9,999100-0%

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Waverly, IA9,99892-8%
Sleepy Hollow, NY10,00217070%
Urbana, MD9,99013939%
Cameron, MO10,00887-13%
Lambertville, MI9,9881000%
Forest, VA9,999100-0%
Source: The Forest, VA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.