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.
Displayed above is a general overview of the Richmond, VA cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Richmond, VA is 100, which is 7% lower than the Virginia average and equal to the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Richmond, VA are 1% higher than the Virginia average and 1% higher than the national average.
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The cost of living in Richmond is 7% lower than the Virginia average.
The cost of living in Richmond is equal to the national average.
The cost of housing in Richmond is 4% 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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The salary calculator is used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Richmond, VA to another city of your choice. The calculator will inform you of what your salary needs to be in any specific city in order for you to maintain your living standard based on what the city’s cost of living is. As an example, if you are seeking to move to a city that has a higher cost of living compared to Richmond, VA, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Richmond, VA salary calculator, input the new city’s name and then move the slider to indicate your current income. The salary calculator will now process the numbers and show you whether you need to earn more or less in the chosen city. A comprehensive breakdown of the cost of living will also be shown.
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One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Richmond, VA by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Richmond, VA have a median income of $67,516. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,575 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $28,870, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $674.
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When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Richmond, VA, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Virginia, as well as the rate for income tax in Virginia. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for Virginia is 6%, and the sales tax in the state of Virginia is 5.3%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in Virginia starts from 2% and goes up to 5.75%.
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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.