Long Branch 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.
IndexLong BranchVirginiaNational
Cost of living index146108100
IndexLong BranchVirginiaNational
Goods & Services index99100100
Groceries index9694100
Health care index10199100
Housing index258133100
Transportation index8893100
Utilities index111100100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Long Branch, VA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Long Branch, VA enjoy a cost of living index of 146. This index is 35% higher than the Virginia average, and 46% 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 Long Branch, VA, the average cost of goods and services is equal to it is in Virginia, and it is 1% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Long Branch is 35% higher than the Virginia average.
  • The cost of living in Long Branch is 46% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Long Branch is 158% 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.

Find Real Estate Listings In Long Branch

Location
Price
Bedrooms
Bathrooms
 

New Real Estate Listings In Long Branch

Compare Long Branch, VA Cost of living To Other Cities

Salary Calculator

This is how much you would need to earn in
Price difference in compared to
Cost of living index
Goods & Services index
Groceries index
Health care index
Housing index
Transportation index
Utilities index
The salary calculator is meant to help you compare your salary in Long Branch, VA to your potential earning power in another city. This can help you deduce what your salary would need to be in any given city in order for you to live the same lifestyle that you do in your current city. In other words, if you plan on moving to a city where the cost of living is higher than in Long Branch, VA, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Long Branch, VA salary calculator, simply input the new city, then move the adjustable slider to match your current income. Once you've selected your income, the calculator will determine if that income is sufficient to support your standard of living in the new city you entered. The calculator will also supply you with a rundown of living costs in the new city.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$148,136$12,345$3,456$4,445
Renters$20,714$1,726$483$621
The affordability of the housing market in Long Branch, VA as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Long Branch, VA homeowners, the median income is $148,136. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $3,456 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $20,714. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $483 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Virginia Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Virginia5.3%6%

Virginia Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Virginia2%5.75%
When assessing the complete cost of living in Long Branch, VA, the Virginia income tax and the Virginia sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The Virginia maximum surtax is 6%, and the Virginia sales tax is 5.3%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 2% to 5.75% in Virginia.

Goods & Services

ItemLong BranchNational 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

ItemLong BranchNational 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

ItemLong BranchNational 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

ItemLong BranchNational avg.Difference
Home Price $555,200.00$175,700.00216.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $876.77$1,081.0318.9%
Apartment Rent $1,119.00$920.0021.6%

Transportation

ItemLong BranchNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.76$2.0915.8%
Tire Balancing $44.77$45.291.1%

Utilities

ItemLong BranchNational 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.
Port Royal, VA14283-17%
Lake Caroline, VA1,9041011%
King George, VA4,9711088%
Lake Land'Or, VA3,6761055%
Bowling Green, VA1,1541055%
Long Branch, VA7,38814646%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Auburn, GA7,38893-7%
Forest City, NC7,38788-12%
Waite Park, MN7,39195-5%
Forest Glen, MD7,39313131%
Venice Gardens, FL7,381100-0%
Long Branch, VA7,38814646%
Source: The Long Branch, VA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.