Arlington, VA Cost Of Living

Demographics | Cost Of Living
Updated: 2021-02-06
166
Arlington's Overall Cost Of Living
1.7x
Higher Than The National Average
171 out of 187
In Virginia
6,078 out of 6,399
In America
The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in America. An index above 100 means Arlington is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in Arlington, VA?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Arlington has an overall cost of living index of 166 which is 1.7x higher than the national index of 100.

Compared to only Virginia, Arlington has a cost of living index that's 1.6x higher than Virginia's index of 107.

The standard of living in Arlington ranks as #6,083 most affordable out of the 6,522 places we measured in Virginia. By definition, that implies Arlington ranks as the #324 most expensive place in the Old Dominion.

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Arlington Cost Of Living Vs. Virginia

Living Expense Arlington Virginia National Average
Overall 166 107 100
Services 112 99 100
Groceries 127 96 100
Health 91 97 100
Housing 295 130 100
Transportation 106 90 100
Utilities 98 100 100
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Arlington Cost of Living Vs. VA

Arlington, VA Housing Cost Breakdown

Housing swings affordability the most between places in Virginia, so we broke down the statistics around housing costs into more detail. It's also important to consider median household incomes to make apples-to-apples comparisons across locations.

Home and income come data comes from the most recent US Census ACS 2014-2018.

$705,400
Median Home Value
$1,970
Median Rent
$120,071
Median Income
Statistic Arlington Virginia United States
Median Home Value $705,400 $273,100 $217,500
Median Rent $1,970 $1,234 $1,062
Median Income $120,071 $74,222 $62,843
Home Value To Income 5.9x 3.7x 3.5x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.2x 0.2x 0.2x

Detailed Arlington Services Costs Vs. Virginia

Item Arlington Virginia
Shampoo $1.12 $1.01
Movie $13.15 $10.72
Bowling $22.0 $13.86

Detailed Arlington Groceries Costs Vs. Virginia

Item Arlington Virginia
Ground Beef $4.59 $3.9
Fried Chicken $1.59 $1.4
Milk $2.46 $1.96

Detailed Arlington Health Costs Vs. Virginia

Item Arlington Virginia
Haircut $21.4 $17.49
Beauty Salon $55.5 $38.17
Toothpaste $2.79 $2.32

Detailed Arlington Transportation Costs Vs. Virginia

Item Arlington Virginia
Potatoes $4.66 $3.18
Pizza $11.99 $10.39
Beer $11.24 $9.23
Optometrist $83.0 $106.34
Doctor $101.67 $115.25
Dentist $99.0 $98.38

Detailed Arlington Utilities Costs Vs. Virginia

Item Arlington Virginia
Gasoline $2.8 $2.59
Tire Balancing $52.0 $48.9
All Electricity $166.2 $167.6
Phone $175.14 $163.42

Arlington SnackAbility

7.5
/10
Overall SnackAbility
Jobs
9/10
Housing
10
Affordability
5
Diversity
9
Safety
N/A
Amenities
10
Education
9
Commute
5

Cost Of Living In Cities Around Arlington

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. Arlington
Alexandria, VA 157,613 150 0.9x
Olney, MD 35,191 149 0.9x
West Falls Church, VA 29,623 145 0.9x
Lincolnia, VA 23,933 145 0.9x
North Potomac, MD 23,914 169 1.0x
Idylwood, VA 18,273 150 0.9x
Kemp Mill, MD 14,733 140 0.8x
Falls Church, VA 14,128 175 1.1x
Colesville, MD 13,992 140 0.8x
Travilah, MD 11,301 227 1.4x

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