Dale City 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.
IndexDale CityVirginiaNational
Cost of living index122107100
IndexDale CityVirginiaNational
Goods & Services index10699100
Groceries index12696100
Health care index10197100
Housing index155130100
Transportation index10390100
Utilities index98100100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Dale City, VA is shown above. Compared to the state average of Virginia the cost of living index in Dale City, VA is 122, which is 14% higher than the average in Virginia and compared to the national average it is 22% higher than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Dale City, VA goods and services come in at 7% higher than the average in Virginia and are 6% higher than compared to the nationwide average.
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  • The cost of living in Dale City is 14% higher than the Virginia average.
  • The cost of living in Dale City is 22% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Dale City is 55% 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)
      The affordability of the housing market in Dale City, VA as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Dale City, VA homeowners, the median income is $99,003. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $2,310 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $53,735. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $1,254 used for their rent related monthly costs.

      Virginia Sales Tax

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      Virginia Income Tax

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      For those who live in Dale City, VA and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Virginia income tax rate and the Virginia sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In Virginia, the sales tax is 5.3%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 6%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in Virginia, the income tax rate ranges between 2% to 5.75%.

      Goods & Services

      ItemDale CityNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $24.50$17.4940.1%
      Beauty Salon $50.00$38.1731.0%
      Toothpaste $3.04$2.3231.0%
      Shampoo $1.23$1.0121.6%
      Movie $12.45$10.7216.1%
      Bowling $19.83$13.8643.1%


      ItemDale CityNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.59$3.9017.7%
      Fried Chicken $1.69$1.4021.1%
      Milk $2.46$1.9625.4%
      Potatoes $4.66$3.1846.4%
      Pizza $11.99$10.3915.4%
      Beer $10.99$9.2319.1%

      Health Care

      ItemDale CityNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $102.00$106.344.1%
      Doctor $128.00$115.2511.1%
      Dentist $99.50$98.381.1%
      Ibuprofen $10.99$9.2618.7%
      Lipitor $398.50$466.4714.6%


      ItemDale CityNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $273,900.00$184,700.0048.3%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $3,052.37$1,273.32139.7%
      Apartment Rent $1,608.00$949.0069.4%


      ItemDale CityNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.75$2.596.1%
      Tire Balancing $49.00$48.900.2%


      ItemDale CityNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$166.20$167.600.8%
      Phone $175.14$163.427.2%
      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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      Dale City, VA73,38412222%

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      Source: The Dale City, VA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.