Orange 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.
IndexOrangeVirginiaNational
Cost of living index102108100
IndexOrangeVirginiaNational
Goods & Services index104100100
Groceries index9894100
Health care index10599100
Housing index105133100
Transportation index9893100
Utilities index98100100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Orange, VA. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Orange, VA being 102, that puts it 5% lower than the average of Virginia and 2% higher than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Orange, VA, the price of goods and services are 5% higher than the average of Virginia as well as 4% higher than the nation's average.

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  • The cost of living in Orange is 5% lower than the Virginia average.
  • The cost of living in Orange is 2% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Orange is 5% 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$64,672$5,389$1,509$1,940
Renters$23,359$1,947$545$701
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Orange, 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 Orange, VA homeowners, is $64,672. This would allow for a maximum of $1,509 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $23,359 which would result in a maximum of $545 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%
For those who live in Orange, 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

ItemOrangeNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.40$14.598.2%
Beauty Salon $39.25$34.6813.2%
Toothpaste $3.19$2.4729.0%
Shampoo $1.03$1.020.8%
Movie $11.50$9.8716.5%
Bowling $6.39$4.3945.5%

Groceries

ItemOrangeNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.69$4.484.8%
Fried Chicken $1.33$1.469.2%
Milk $2.05$2.3613.0%
Potatoes $3.61$3.0617.9%
Pizza $9.00$9.242.6%
Beer $9.81$8.6313.6%

Health Care

ItemOrangeNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $116.67$99.7816.9%
Doctor $96.00$105.038.6%
Dentist $98.25$88.7010.8%
Ibuprofen $8.85$9.416.0%
Lipitor $337.19$298.5013.0%

Housing

ItemOrangeNational avg.Difference
Home Price $201,200.00$175,700.0014.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,150.73$1,081.036.4%
Apartment Rent $755.00$920.0017.9%

Transportation

ItemOrangeNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.08$2.090.4%
Tire Balancing $41.92$45.297.4%

Utilities

ItemOrangeNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$183.66$170.807.5%
Phone $23.68$28.2616.2%
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.
Gordonsville, VA1,53599-1%
Blue Ridge Shores, VA8221011%
Madison, VA16811111%
Brightwood, VA1,42811313%
Ruckersville, VA89011414%
Orange, VA4,8081022%

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Orange, VA4,8081022%
Source: The Orange, VA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.