South Riding 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.
IndexSouth RidingVirginiaNational
Cost of living index154109100
IndexSouth RidingVirginiaNational
Goods & Services index104100100
Groceries index11395100
Health care index95101100
Housing index269133100
Transportation index10993100
Utilities index100100100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in South Riding, VA. As you can see, with the average cost of living in South Riding, VA being 154, that puts it 42% higher than the average of Virginia and 54% 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 South Riding, VA, the price of goods and services are 4% higher than the average of Virginia as well as 4% higher than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in South Riding is 42% higher than the Virginia average.
  • The cost of living in South Riding is 54% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in South Riding is 169% 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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Using the salary calculator lets you compare the salary you earn in South Riding, VA to what it is in other cities. It will let you know what your earnings would have to be in another city to have the same standard of living, as determined by the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the area you want to move to is higher than the cost of living in South Riding, VA, you have to earn a higher income in order to still have the same standard of living. To operate the South Riding, VA salary calculator, put in the name of the other city, then move the slider to the point that represents the current income. The salary calculator will take care of the rest and tell you how much more or less you must earn in the new city. A Total breakdown of the cost of living is also provided.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$155,833$12,986$3,636$4,675
Renters$98,774$8,231$2,305$2,964
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 South Riding, 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. South Riding, VA has a median income of about $155,833 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $3,636 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $98,774. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $2,305 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%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in South Riding, VA, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Virginia, as well as the rate for income tax in Virginia. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for Virginia is 6%, and the sales tax in the state of Virginia is 5.3%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in Virginia starts from 2% and goes up to 5.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemSouth RidingNational avg.Difference
Haircut $19.56$15.5625.7%
Beauty Salon $55.56$36.1153.9%
Toothpaste $2.78$2.4712.6%
Shampoo $0.99$0.962.2%
Movie $13.06$10.1328.9%
Bowling $5.30$4.7411.9%

Groceries

ItemSouth RidingNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.32$3.988.5%
Fried Chicken $1.87$1.4132.9%
Milk $2.37$2.0614.7%
Potatoes $3.85$2.9829.2%
Pizza $9.82$9.473.7%
Beer $9.99$8.7913.6%

Health Care

ItemSouth RidingNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $72.75$101.0428.0%
Doctor $93.11$107.4413.3%
Dentist $85.67$90.425.3%
Ibuprofen $10.08$9.288.6%
Lipitor $443.02$426.503.9%

Housing

ItemSouth RidingNational avg.Difference
Home Price $511,900.00$175,700.00191.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,420.26$1,133.23113.6%
Apartment Rent $2,001.00$920.00117.5%

Transportation

ItemSouth RidingNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.15$1.997.7%
Tire Balancing $51.28$45.7612.1%

Utilities

ItemSouth RidingNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$172.28$163.815.2%
Phone $26.86$28.395.4%
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.
Bull Run, VA14,57011616%
Manassas Park, VA14,99211818%
Yorkshire, VA8,09111818%
Sudley, VA16,22111919%
Loch Lomond, VA4,29212121%
South Riding, VA26,76215454%

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French Valley, CA26,75313131%
Stevens Point, WI26,77886-14%
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McHenry, IL26,80397-3%
South Riding, VA26,76215454%
Source: The South Riding, VA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.