Rocky Mount 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.
IndexRocky MountVirginiaNational
Cost of living index82108100
IndexRocky MountVirginiaNational
Goods & Services index90100100
Groceries index8796100
Health care index101100100
Housing index62130100
Transportation index8891100
Utilities index95101100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Rocky Mount, VA is displayed above. In Rocky Mount, VA, the overall cost of living index is 82, which is 24% lower than the Virginia average and 18% lower 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 Rocky Mount, VA, the city's goods and services are 10% lower than the Virginia average and 10% lower than the U.S. average.

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  • The cost of living in Rocky Mount is 24% lower than the Virginia average.
  • The cost of living in Rocky Mount is 18% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Rocky Mount is 38% lower 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 Rocky Mount, 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 Rocky Mount, VA homeowners have a median income of $35,625. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $831 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $17,588, which means there is a maximum of $410 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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For those who live in Rocky Mount, 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

ItemRocky MountNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.20$16.0911.7%
Beauty Salon $29.07$37.3322.1%
Toothpaste $1.77$2.4527.5%
Shampoo $0.81$1.0018.7%
Movie $9.84$10.284.2%
Bowling $3.92$4.9320.6%


ItemRocky MountNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.20$3.8015.9%
Fried Chicken $1.05$1.4024.8%
Milk $1.84$2.018.2%
Potatoes $2.58$3.0114.2%
Pizza $8.66$9.8912.4%
Beer $9.05$8.901.7%

Health Care

ItemRocky MountNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $89.13$102.1612.8%
Doctor $86.98$108.3619.7%
Dentist $115.07$92.5324.4%
Ibuprofen $8.23$9.2811.3%
Lipitor $417.20$425.822.0%


ItemRocky MountNational avg.Difference
Home Price $115,800.00$184,700.0037.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,025.30$1,202.4414.7%
Apartment Rent $588.00$949.0038.0%


ItemRocky MountNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.94$2.2413.6%
Tire Balancing $42.21$46.298.8%


ItemRocky MountNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$177.59$165.967.0%
Phone $23.67$28.6817.5%
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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Ferrum, VA2,35784-16%
Boones Mill, VA14987-13%
Westlake Corner, VA1,07512020%
Rocky Mount, VA4,78282-18%

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Source: The Rocky Mount, VA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.