Cost of Living in Virginia

The cost of living in Virginia is 1% higher than the national average
Cost of Living in Virginia Compared to National Average
Housing (Buy and Rent) 4% higher
Utilities (Monthly) 2% higher
Food 4% lower
Healthcare 2% higher
Transportation 7% lower
Goods & Services 1% higher

The cost of living in Virginia is 1% higher than the national average. Housing is 4% higher than the national average, while utilities are 2% higher. When it comes to basic necessities such as food and clothing, groceries are around 1% higher than in the rest of the country, while clothing costs 1% higher.

Healthcare services such as doctor check-ups and dentistry cost 2% higher in Virginia compared to the national average. At the same time, non-necessary expenses such as entertainment and grooming services are 1% higher.

The Cost of Living in Virginia Largest Cities Compared to the National Average

This is how much pricier or cheaper it is to live in Virginia’s 12 largest cities compared to the national average.
The cost of living in Virginia varies depending on the city you live in. The priciest city in Virginia is Arlington, where the cost of living is 40% higher compared to the state average and 41% higher than in the rest of the U.S. The cheapest major city in Virginia is Martinsville, with a cost of living 14% lower below the state average and 13% lower than the national average.
City, State Compared to State Average Compared to National Average
Arlington, VA 40% higher 41% higher
Alexandria, VA 36% higher 36% higher
Charlottesville, VA 2% higher 3% higher
Winchester, VA 1% lower -
Richmond, VA 4% lower 3% lower
Blacksburg, VA 5% lower 5% lower
Staunton, VA 6% lower 5% lower
Harrisonburg, VA 6% lower 6% lower
Roanoke, VA 8% lower 8% lower
Lynchburg, VA 10% lower 9% lower
Lexington, VA 13% lower 12% lower
Martinsville, VA 14% lower 13% lower
What is a cost of living calculator?

The cost of living calculator tells you how much money you need to maintain your current standard of living in a different city. The cost of living comparison is based on your income and the price of basic necessities such as housing, transportation or food in the two cities you selected. Use the calculator to find out what income you will need in a new city and how much more or less you’ll need to budget for basic expenses.

Where does the data come from?

Consumer goods, services and home prices are sourced from The Cost of Living Index published by the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER).
The data on this page is updated bi-annually and it was last published in September 2023.

Average rent data is our in-house proprietary data from Yardi Matrix, where available. For the remaining locations, C2ER rent data was used. Yardi Matrix is a business development and asset management tool for brokers, sponsors, banks and equity sources underwriting investments in the multifamily, office, industrial and self-storage sectors, a division of Yardi Systems, Inc.

Household income data is sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent estimates.