Hampton 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.
IndexHamptonVirginiaNational
Cost of living index102108100
IndexHamptonVirginiaNational
Goods & Services index104100100
Groceries index9194100
Health care index10999100
Housing index109132100
Transportation index10493100
Utilities index85100100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Hampton, VA cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Hampton, VA is 102, which is 5% lower than the Virginia average and 2% higher than 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 Hampton, VA are 4% higher than the Virginia average and 4% higher than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Hampton is 5% lower than the Virginia average.
  • The cost of living in Hampton is 2% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Hampton is 9% 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$68,219$5,685$1,592$2,047
Renters$32,480$2,707$758$974
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Hampton, 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 Hampton, VA homeowners have a median income of $68,219. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,592 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $32,480, which means there is a maximum of $758 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%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Hampton, 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

ItemHamptonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.80$14.595.4%
Beauty Salon $37.60$34.688.4%
Toothpaste $1.85$2.4725.2%
Shampoo $0.87$1.0214.9%
Movie $10.50$9.876.4%
Bowling $5.28$4.3920.2%

Groceries

ItemHamptonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.17$4.486.9%
Fried Chicken $1.19$1.4618.7%
Milk $1.93$2.3618.1%
Potatoes $3.42$3.0611.7%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $10.25$8.6318.7%

Health Care

ItemHamptonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $95.00$99.784.8%
Doctor $115.50$105.0310.0%
Dentist $98.33$88.7010.9%
Ibuprofen $7.98$9.4115.2%
Lipitor $346.03$298.5015.9%

Housing

ItemHamptonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $197,300.00$181,400.008.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $991.43$1,081.038.3%
Apartment Rent $980.00$889.0010.2%

Transportation

ItemHamptonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.21$2.095.8%
Tire Balancing $44.77$45.291.1%

Utilities

ItemHamptonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$166.11$170.802.7%
Phone $18.99$28.2632.8%
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.
Benns Church, VA86872-28%
Portsmouth, VA95,7861000%
Newport News, VA180,8311033%
Norfolk, VA243,0561033%
Yorktown, VA1581044%
Hampton, VA137,4711022%

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Pasadena, CA137,31616161%
Savannah, GA137,69097-3%
Orange, CA136,89115252%
Cary, NC136,62711414%
Metairie, LA138,36998-2%
Hampton, VA137,4711022%
Source: The Hampton, VA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.