Fort Lee 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.
IndexFort LeeVirginiaNational
Cost of living index111108100
IndexFort LeeVirginiaNational
Goods & Services index99100100
Groceries index9694100
Health care index10199100
Housing index139133100
Transportation index8893100
Utilities index111100100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Fort Lee, VA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Fort Lee, VA enjoy a cost of living index of 111. This index is 3% higher than the Virginia average, and 11% higher 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 Fort Lee, VA, the average cost of goods and services is equal to it is in Virginia, and it is 1% lower than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Fort Lee is 3% higher than the Virginia average.
  • The cost of living in Fort Lee is 11% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Fort Lee is 39% 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$44,375$3,698$1,035$1,331
Renters$57,794$4,816$1,348$1,734
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 Fort Lee, 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. Fort Lee, VA has a median income of about $44,375 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,035 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $57,794. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $1,348 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%
The Virginia sales tax and Virginia income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Fort Lee, VA. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Virginia sales tax is 5.3% and the maximum surtax is 6%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Virginia income tax rates range from 2% to 5.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemFort LeeNational 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%

Groceries

ItemFort LeeNational 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

ItemFort LeeNational 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%

Housing

ItemFort LeeNational avg.Difference
Home Price $233,300.00$175,700.0032.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $876.77$1,081.0318.9%
Apartment Rent $1,424.00$920.0054.8%

Transportation

ItemFort LeeNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.76$2.0915.8%
Tire Balancing $44.77$45.291.1%

Utilities

ItemFort LeeNational 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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Camptown, VA55686-14%
Waverly, VA1,53489-11%
Petersburg, VA32,43991-9%
Charles City, VA15092-8%
Hopewell, VA22,37593-7%
Fort Lee, VA4,70011111%

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Madisonville, TN4,70382-18%
Fort Lee, VA4,70011111%
Source: The Fort Lee, VA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.