Cost of Living

The cost of living in Virginia Beach is ​well below that of other metropolitan areas in the mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States. This cost of living index calculator​ can help you figure out the cost of living based on your current salary and location.

Virginia Beach Ranks as the Second Best City for Work-Life Balance, SmartAsset (2021)
America's Most Affordable Beach Town, Realtor.com (2018)
A Top Beach for Families, Travel Channel (2018)

America's Best City to Live and Save Money, GoBankingRates (2017)

Virginia Beach MSA

COST OF LIVING INDEXNATIONAL AVERAGE = 100
Composite index96.1
Grocery items97.3
Housing91.0
Utilities103.0
Transportation92.3
Health care93.8
Miscellaneous goods and services99.0

Source: Council for Community Economic Research Cost of Living Index, 2020 Annual Average Data


Cost of Living Comparison

COMPOSITE INDEXNATIONAL AVERAGE = 100
Virginia Beach96.1
Anne Arundel County, MD*109.6
Arapahoe County, CO*113.4
Atlanta, GA101.1
Bristol County, MA*119.6
Charleston, SC99.8
Charlotte, NC92.0
Jacksonville, FL83.4
Johnson County, KS*95.2
Las Vegas, NV*104.8
Long Beach, CA*147.7
Miami, FL116.1
Ramsey County, MN*105.1
Savannah, GA88.8
Washington County, OR*133.7
Williamson County, TX*101.8

Source: Council for Community Economic Research Cost of Living Index, 2020​ ​​Annual Average Data​; *benchmark cities/areas with similar size to Virginia Beach/MSA