Suffolk 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.
IndexSuffolkVirginiaNational
Cost of living index113108100
IndexSuffolkVirginiaNational
Goods & Services index110100100
Groceries index10496100
Health care index114100100
Housing index123130100
Transportation index10691100
Utilities index113101100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Suffolk, VA cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Suffolk, VA is 113, which is 5% higher than the Virginia average and 13% higher than 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 Suffolk, VA are 11% higher than the Virginia average and 10% higher than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Suffolk is 5% higher than the Virginia average.
  • The cost of living in Suffolk is 13% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Suffolk is 23% 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$81,034$6,753$1,891$2,431
Renters$34,570$2,881$807$1,037
The affordability of the housing market in Suffolk, 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 Suffolk, VA homeowners, the median income is $81,034. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,891 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $34,570. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $807 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Virginia Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Virginia5.3%6%

Virginia Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Virginia2%5.75%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Suffolk, 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%.

Goods & Services

ItemSuffolkNational avg.Difference
Haircut $12.00$16.0925.4%
Beauty Salon $35.00$37.336.2%
Toothpaste $2.47$2.450.9%
Shampoo $0.98$1.001.7%
Movie $11.00$10.287.0%
Bowling $6.25$4.9326.7%

Groceries

ItemSuffolkNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.12$3.8018.0%
Fried Chicken $1.27$1.409.1%
Milk $2.05$2.011.9%
Potatoes $3.34$3.0111.0%
Pizza $8.99$9.899.1%
Beer $8.63$8.903.0%

Health Care

ItemSuffolkNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $96.67$102.165.4%
Doctor $128.89$108.3618.9%
Dentist $113.78$92.5323.0%
Ibuprofen $8.99$9.283.1%
Lipitor $432.03$425.821.5%

Housing

ItemSuffolkNational avg.Difference
Home Price $236,600.00$184,700.0028.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,193.99$1,202.440.7%
Apartment Rent $1,052.00$949.0010.9%

Transportation

ItemSuffolkNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.28$2.241.7%
Tire Balancing $53.33$46.2915.2%

Utilities

ItemSuffolkNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$186.28$165.9612.2%
Phone $33.07$28.6815.3%
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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Benns Church, VA69999-1%
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Suffolk, VA87,06111313%

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