Madison Heights 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.
IndexMadison HeightsVirginiaNational
Cost of living index88108100
IndexMadison HeightsVirginiaNational
Goods & Services index95100100
Groceries index9294100
Health care index9599100
Housing index76133100
Transportation index8793100
Utilities index98100100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Madison Heights, VA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Virginia and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Madison Heights, VA is 88, which is 18% lower than the Virginia average and 12% lower than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Madison Heights, VA are 5% lower than the average for Virginia and 5% lower than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in Madison Heights is 18% lower than the Virginia average.
  • The cost of living in Madison Heights is 12% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Madison Heights is 24% lower 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$43,077$3,590$1,005$1,292
Renters$30,536$2,545$712$916
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 Madison Heights, 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. Madison Heights, VA has a median income of about $43,077 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,005 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $30,536. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $712 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%
For those who live in Madison Heights, VA and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Virginia income tax rate and the Virginia sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In Virginia, the sales tax is 5.3%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 6%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in Virginia, the income tax rate ranges between 2% to 5.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemMadison HeightsNational 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

ItemMadison HeightsNational 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

ItemMadison HeightsNational 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

ItemMadison HeightsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $132,100.00$175,700.0024.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $864.79$1,081.0320.0%
Apartment Rent $722.00$920.0021.5%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemMadison HeightsNational 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%
Lynchburg, VA77,62691-9%
Amherst, VA2,64391-9%
Concord, VA1,55293-7%
Madison Heights, VA10,35988-12%

Cities with similar population

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Reading, OH10,35787-13%
Sebring, FL10,35690-10%
Westview, FL10,36597-3%
Burley, ID10,35285-15%
Beverly Hills, MI10,36811313%
Madison Heights, VA10,35988-12%
Source: The Madison Heights, VA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.