Reston 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.
IndexRestonVirginiaNational
Cost of living index147108100
IndexRestonVirginiaNational
Goods & Services index113100100
Groceries index11596100
Health care index94100100
Housing index234130100
Transportation index10691100
Utilities index100101100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Reston, VA. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Reston, VA being 147, that puts it 36% higher than the average of Virginia and 47% 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 Reston, VA, the price of goods and services are 13% higher than the average of Virginia as well as 13% higher than the nation's average.

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  • The cost of living in Reston is 36% higher than the Virginia average.
  • The cost of living in Reston is 47% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Reston is 134% 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$135,687$11,307$3,166$4,071
Renters$81,422$6,785$1,900$2,443
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Reston, 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 Reston, VA homeowners have a median income of $135,687. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $3,166 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $81,422, which means there is a maximum of $1,900 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%
When assessing the complete cost of living in Reston, 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

ItemRestonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $20.00$16.0924.3%
Beauty Salon $55.00$37.3347.3%
Toothpaste $2.42$2.451.0%
Shampoo $1.06$1.005.6%
Movie $15.17$10.2847.5%
Bowling $6.00$4.9321.7%

Groceries

ItemRestonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.42$3.8016.3%
Fried Chicken $1.89$1.4035.3%
Milk $2.32$2.0115.7%
Potatoes $3.79$3.0125.9%
Pizza $11.99$9.8921.3%
Beer $9.99$8.9012.3%

Health Care

ItemRestonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $72.75$102.1628.8%
Doctor $94.00$108.3613.3%
Dentist $86.00$92.537.1%
Ibuprofen $10.19$9.289.8%
Lipitor $443.01$425.824.0%

Housing

ItemRestonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $475,100.00$184,700.00157.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,740.19$1,202.44127.9%
Apartment Rent $1,693.00$949.0078.4%

Transportation

ItemRestonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.35$2.244.9%
Tire Balancing $50.00$46.298.0%

Utilities

ItemRestonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$176.24$165.966.2%
Phone $26.86$28.686.4%
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.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Rose Hill CDP (Lee County), VA70892-8%
Woodlawn CDP (Carroll County), VA2,24794-6%
Wakefield town, VA81097-3%
Bull Run, VA15,27411212%
Leisure World, MD9,21711414%
Reston, VA60,07014747%

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Reston, VA60,07014747%
Source: The Reston, VA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.