Independent Hill 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.
IndexIndependent HillVirginiaNational
Cost of living index141108100
IndexIndependent HillVirginiaNational
Goods & Services index98100100
Groceries index11294100
Health care index9499100
Housing index228133100
Transportation index12193100
Utilities index98100100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Independent Hill, VA is displayed above. In Independent Hill, VA, the overall cost of living index is 141, which is 30% higher than the Virginia average and 41% higher than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Independent Hill, VA, the city's goods and services are 2% lower than the Virginia average and 2% lower than the U.S. average.

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  • The cost of living in Independent Hill is 30% higher than the Virginia average.
  • The cost of living in Independent Hill is 41% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Independent Hill is 128% 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$151,038$12,587$3,524$4,532
Renters$109,844$9,154$2,563$3,296
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Independent Hill, 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 Independent Hill, VA homeowners, is $151,038. This would allow for a maximum of $3,524 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $109,844 which would result in a maximum of $2,563 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 Independent Hill, 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

ItemIndependent HillNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.50$14.5919.9%
Beauty Salon $53.25$34.6853.5%
Toothpaste $2.24$2.479.4%
Shampoo $1.02$1.020.2%
Movie $12.71$9.8728.8%
Bowling $5.38$4.3922.5%

Groceries

ItemIndependent HillNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.49$4.4822.0%
Fried Chicken $1.66$1.4613.4%
Milk $2.68$2.3613.7%
Potatoes $3.69$3.0620.5%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $9.29$8.637.6%

Health Care

ItemIndependent HillNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $73.50$99.7826.3%
Doctor $87.20$105.0317.0%
Dentist $86.40$88.702.6%
Ibuprofen $11.38$9.4120.9%
Lipitor $293.64$298.501.6%

Housing

ItemIndependent HillNational avg.Difference
Home Price $408,600.00$175,700.00132.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,743.63$1,081.03153.8%
Apartment Rent $2,001.00$920.00117.5%

Transportation

ItemIndependent HillNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.59$2.0923.8%
Tire Balancing $52.00$45.2914.8%

Utilities

ItemIndependent HillNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$167.80$170.801.8%
Phone $27.32$28.263.3%
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.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Calverton, VA1751044%
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Dumfries, VA5,1221044%
Quantico Base, VA6,6561088%
Indian Head, MD3,88511010%
Independent Hill, VA7,97314141%

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Independent Hill, VA7,97314141%
Source: The Independent Hill, VA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.