Fairfax, VA Cost Of Living

Demographics | Cost Of Living
Updated: 2022-04-07
147
Fairfax's Overall Cost Of Living
1.5x
Higher Than The National Average
141 out of 186
In Virginia
5,771 out of 6,412
In America
The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in America. An index above 100 means Fairfax is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in Fairfax, VA?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Fairfax has an overall cost of living index of 147 which is 1.5x higher than the national index of 100.

Compared to only Virginia, Fairfax has a cost of living index that's 1.4x higher than Virginia's index of 106.

The standard of living in Fairfax ranks as #5,774 most affordable out of the 6,418 places we measured in Virginia. By definition, that implies Fairfax ranks as the #645 most expensive place in the Old Dominion.

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Fairfax Cost Of Living Vs. Virginia

Living Expense Fairfax Virginia National Average
Overall 147 106 100
Services 114 99 100
Groceries 123 98 100
Health 93 98 100
Housing 242 131 100
Transportation 106 93 100
Utilities 99 96 100
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Fairfax Cost of Living Vs. VA

Fairfax, 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.

$587,000
Median Home Value
$1,822
Median Rent
$109,708
Median Income
Statistic Fairfax Virginia United States
Median Home Value $587,000 $282,800 $229,800
Median Rent $1,822 $1,257 $1,096
Median Income $109,708 $76,398 $64,994
Home Value To Income 5.4x 3.7x 3.5x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.2x 0.2x 0.2x

Detailed Fairfax Services Costs Vs. Virginia

Item Fairfax Virginia
Shampoo $1.0 $1.06
Movie $13.15 $10.68
Bowling $22.0 $14.67

Detailed Fairfax Groceries Costs Vs. Virginia

Item Fairfax Virginia
Ground Beef $4.79 $4.22
Fried Chicken $1.59 $1.39
Milk $2.61 $2.05

Detailed Fairfax Health Costs Vs. Virginia

Item Fairfax Virginia
Haircut $26.08 $18.62
Beauty Salon $63.44 $39.05
Toothpaste $3.19 $2.34

Detailed Fairfax Transportation Costs Vs. Virginia

Item Fairfax Virginia
Potatoes $4.46 $3.29
Pizza $11.99 $10.62
Beer $11.41 $9.38
Optometrist $90.67 $108.57
Doctor $103.89 $116.17
Dentist $99.0 $99.13

Detailed Fairfax Utilities Costs Vs. Virginia

Item Fairfax Virginia
Gasoline $2.3 $2.22
Tire Balancing $52.0 $50.07
All Electricity $160.85 $167.67
Phone $177.97 $175.64

Fairfax SnackAbility

7.5
/10
Overall SnackAbility
Jobs
8.5/10
Housing
9.5
Affordability
5
Diversity
9.5
Safety
N/A
Amenities
9
Education
8.5
Commute
5

Cost Of Living In Cities Around Fairfax

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. Fairfax
Oakton, VA 36,468 163 1.1x
Fair Oaks, VA 34,466 147 1.0x
North Potomac, MD 24,146 167 1.1x
Franklin Farm, VA 18,845 167 1.1x
Merrifield, VA 18,523 150 1.0x
Vienna, VA 16,532 170 1.2x
Kemp Mill, MD 14,812 141 1.0x
Kings Park West, VA 14,090 158 1.1x
Wakefield, VA 11,413 172 1.2x
Travilah, MD 11,239 227 1.5x

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