West Springfield 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.
IndexWest SpringfieldVirginiaNational
Cost of living index142108100
IndexWest SpringfieldVirginiaNational
Goods & Services index98100100
Groceries index11294100
Health care index9499100
Housing index231133100
Transportation index12193100
Utilities index98100100
A general overview of the cost of living index for West Springfield, VA is displayed above. In West Springfield, VA, the overall cost of living index is 142, which is 31% higher than the Virginia average and 42% higher than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of West Springfield, VA, the city's goods and services are 2% lower than the Virginia average and 2% lower than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in West Springfield is 31% higher than the Virginia average.
  • The cost of living in West Springfield is 42% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in West Springfield is 131% 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

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How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in West Springfield, 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 West Springfield, VA homeowners have a median income of $121,750. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $2,841 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $87,946, which means there is a maximum of $2,052 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Virginia Sales Tax

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Virginia Income Tax

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When assessing the complete cost of living in West Springfield, 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

ItemWest SpringfieldNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.50$14.5919.9%
Beauty Salon $53.25$34.6853.5%
Toothpaste $2.24$2.479.4%
Shampoo $1.02$1.020.2%
Movie $12.71$9.8728.8%
Bowling $5.38$4.3922.5%


ItemWest SpringfieldNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.49$4.4822.0%
Fried Chicken $1.66$1.4613.4%
Milk $2.68$2.3613.7%
Potatoes $3.69$3.0620.5%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $9.29$8.637.6%

Health Care

ItemWest SpringfieldNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $73.50$99.7826.3%
Doctor $87.20$105.0317.0%
Dentist $86.40$88.702.6%
Ibuprofen $11.38$9.4120.9%
Lipitor $293.64$298.501.6%


ItemWest SpringfieldNational avg.Difference
Home Price $415,900.00$175,700.00136.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,743.63$1,081.03153.8%
Apartment Rent $2,001.00$920.00117.5%


ItemWest SpringfieldNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.59$2.0923.8%
Tire Balancing $52.00$45.2914.8%


ItemWest SpringfieldNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$167.80$170.801.8%
Phone $27.32$28.263.3%
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.

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West Springfield, VA22,95614242%

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Source: The West Springfield, VA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.