Virginia Beach 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.
IndexVirginia BeachVirginiaNational
Cost of living index113108100
IndexVirginia BeachVirginiaNational
Goods & Services index104100100
Groceries index9194100
Health care index10999100
Housing index147132100
Transportation index10493100
Utilities index85100100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Virginia Beach, VA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Virginia and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Virginia Beach, VA is 113, which is 5% higher than the Virginia average and 13% higher 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 Virginia Beach, VA are 4% higher than the average for Virginia and 4% higher than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in Virginia Beach is 5% higher than the Virginia average.
  • The cost of living in Virginia Beach is 13% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Virginia Beach is 47% 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$80,661$6,722$1,882$2,420
Renters$46,961$3,913$1,096$1,409
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 Virginia Beach, 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. Virginia Beach, VA has a median income of about $80,661 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,882 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $46,961. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $1,096 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%
The Virginia sales tax and Virginia income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Virginia Beach, VA. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Virginia sales tax is 5.3% and the maximum surtax is 6%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Virginia income tax rates range from 2% to 5.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemVirginia BeachNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.80$14.595.4%
Beauty Salon $37.60$34.688.4%
Toothpaste $1.85$2.4725.2%
Shampoo $0.87$1.0214.9%
Movie $10.50$9.876.4%
Bowling $5.28$4.3920.2%

Groceries

ItemVirginia BeachNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.17$4.486.9%
Fried Chicken $1.19$1.4618.7%
Milk $1.93$2.3618.1%
Potatoes $3.42$3.0611.7%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $10.25$8.6318.7%

Health Care

ItemVirginia BeachNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $95.00$99.784.8%
Doctor $115.50$105.0310.0%
Dentist $98.33$88.7010.9%
Ibuprofen $7.98$9.4115.2%
Lipitor $346.03$298.5015.9%

Housing

ItemVirginia BeachNational avg.Difference
Home Price $272,700.00$181,400.0050.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $991.43$1,081.038.3%
Apartment Rent $1,224.00$889.0037.7%

Transportation

ItemVirginia BeachNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.21$2.095.8%
Tire Balancing $44.77$45.291.1%

Utilities

ItemVirginia BeachNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$166.11$170.802.7%
Phone $18.99$28.2632.8%
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.
Norfolk, VA243,0561033%
Virginia Beach, VA439,52811313%

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Long Beach, CA463,58913939%
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Source: The Virginia Beach, VA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.