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

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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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Virginia Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Virginia5.3%6%

Virginia Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Virginia2%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.
Bayside, VA8685-15%
Meadowbrook, VA18,7621011%
Virginia Beach, VA439,52811313%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Mesa, AZ443,87593-7%
Atlanta, GA425,9311077%
Kansas City, MO459,77291-9%
Colorado Springs, CO417,53499-1%
Long Beach, CA463,58913939%
Virginia Beach, VA439,52811313%
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.