Washington 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.
IndexWashingtonVirginiaNational
Cost of living index133108100
IndexWashingtonVirginiaNational
Goods & Services index108100100
Groceries index10094100
Health care index9999100
Housing index204133100
Transportation index9493100
Utilities index94100100

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  • The cost of living in Washington is 22% higher than the Virginia average.
  • The cost of living in Washington is 33% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Washington is 104% 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$101,875$8,490$2,377$3,057
Renters$40,625$3,385$948$1,219

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

ItemWashingtonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $10.20$14.5930.1%
Beauty Salon $30.00$34.6813.5%
Toothpaste $3.99$2.4761.3%
Shampoo $1.27$1.0224.3%
Movie $8.67$9.8712.1%
Bowling $4.50$4.392.5%

Groceries

ItemWashingtonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.51$4.480.7%
Fried Chicken $1.41$1.463.7%
Milk $2.37$2.360.6%
Potatoes $3.19$3.064.2%
Pizza $9.25$9.240.1%
Beer $8.98$8.634.0%

Health Care

ItemWashingtonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $86.50$99.7813.3%
Doctor $104.33$105.030.7%
Dentist $98.50$88.7011.0%
Ibuprofen $9.82$9.414.3%
Lipitor $241.66$298.5019.0%

Housing

ItemWashingtonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $450,000.00$175,700.00156.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,057.42$1,081.032.2%
Apartment Rent $763.00$920.0017.1%

Transportation

ItemWashingtonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.13$2.091.9%
Tire Balancing $32.59$45.2928.0%

Utilities

ItemWashingtonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$157.12$170.808.0%
Phone $27.03$28.264.3%
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.
Front Royal, VA14,7091000%
Apple Mountain Lake, VA1,5091077%
Chester Gap, VA7451088%
Flint Hill, VA15011010%
Sperryville, VA20711919%
Washington, VA15613333%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Kirvin, TX15681-19%
St. Johns, IL15679-21%
Maxwell, NM15671-29%
Brookeville, MD15615959%
Utica, PA15673-27%
Washington, VA15613333%
Source: The Washington, VA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.