These Are The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Virginia For 2018


We used data and science to determine which places in Virginia go easy on your wallet.

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A wise sage once said:

“She works hard for the money…”

And these places in Virginia definitely treat her right.

You see, these are the places in Virginia where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the Old Dominion, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.

So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 59 largest places in Virginia, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.

Here are the 10 cheapest places to live in Virginia for 2018:

  1. Martinsville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Roanoke (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Vinton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Salem (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Bedford (Homes For Sale)
  6. Lynchburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Bristol (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Covington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Big Stone Gap (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Waynesboro (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So listen up Alexandria (the most expensive place in Virginia) as we explain how we created this ranking. You could learn some things from the rest of the state.

And if you already knew these places were cheap, check out some more reading about Virginia and the cheapest places in the country:

How We Determined The Cheapest Places To Live In The Old Dominion For 2018

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Virginia
There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Virginia to figure out which is the least expensive.

What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 59 places in Virginia that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 90 means it’s 10% less expensive.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

Martinsville, VA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 13,854
Services: 96
Groceries: 96
Health Care: 88
Housing: 53
Transportation: 90
Utilities: 80
More on Martinsville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Martinsville is an independent city near the southern border of the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,821. It is the county seat of Henry County, although the two are separate jurisdictions. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Martinsville with Henry County for statistical purposes.

Roanoke, VA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 96,742
Services: 90
Groceries: 90
Health Care: 96
Housing: 75
Transportation: 88
Utilities: 100
More on Roanoke: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Roanoke is an independent city in the U.S. state of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 97,032. It is located in the Roanoke Valley of the Roanoke Region of Virginia.

Vinton, VA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,087
Services: 90
Groceries: 90
Health Care: 96
Housing: 79
Transportation: 88
Utilities: 100
More on Vinton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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Salem, VA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 24,792
Services: 90
Groceries: 90
Health Care: 96
Housing: 92
Transportation: 88
Utilities: 100
More on Salem: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Salem is an independent city in the U.S. commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 24,802. It is the county seat of Roanoke County, although the two are separate jurisdictions. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Salem with Roanoke County for statistical purposes.

5. Bedford

Bedford, VA

Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 6,103
Services: 95
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 95
Housing: 76
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 98
More on Bedford: Real Estate | Photos

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Lynchburg, VA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 75,657
Services: 95
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 95
Housing: 80
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 98
More on Lynchburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lynchburg is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 75,568. The 2016 census estimates an increase to 80,212. Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains along the banks of the James River, Lynchburg is known as the “City of Seven Hills” or the “Hill City”. In the 1860s, Lynchburg was the only major city in Virginia that was not recaptured by the Union before the end of the American Civil War.

Bristol, VA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 17,747
Services: 100
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 89
Housing: 59
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 98
More on Bristol: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bristol is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,835. It is the twin city of Bristol, Tennessee, just across the state line, which runs down the middle of its main street, State Street. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Bristol, Virginia, with neighboring Washington County, Virginia, for statistical purposes. Bristol is a principal city of the Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is a component of the Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA Combined Statistical Area – commonly known as the “Tri-Cities” region.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,903
Services: 97
Groceries: 90
Health Care: 92
Housing: 47
Transportation: 99
Utilities: 107
More on Covington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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Big Stone Gap, VA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,567
Services: 100
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 89
Housing: 60
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 98
More on Big Stone Gap: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Big Stone Gap is a town in Wise County, Virginia, United States. The population was 5,643 at the 2010 census.

Waynesboro, VA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 21,030
Services: 95
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 94
Housing: 90
Transportation: 91
Utilities: 105
More on Waynesboro: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Waynesboro, is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 21,006.

There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Virginia Cheapskate

If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in Virginia, this is an accurate list of the cheapest places to call home.

Here’s a look at the most expensive cities in Virginia according to the data:

  1. Alexandria
  2. Fredericksburg
  3. Charlottesville

For more Virginia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Virginia

Rank City CheapScore Population Services Groceries Health Care
1 Martinsville 12.33 13,854 96 96 88
2 Roanoke 13.92 96,742 90 90 96
3 Vinton 14.42 8,087 90 90 96
4 Salem 15.25 24,792 90 90 96
5 Bedford 17.08 6,103 95 92 95
6 Lynchburg 17.5 75,657 95 92 95
7 Bristol 19.25 17,747 100 91 89
8 Covington 19.42 5,903 97 90 92
9 Big Stone Gap 19.5 5,567 100 91 89
10 Waynesboro 19.58 21,030 95 91 94
11 Staunton 19.75 23,906 95 91 94
12 Buena Vista 21.42 6,679 97 90 92
13 Abingdon 21.83 8,166 100 91 89
14 Lexington 26.58 6,990 97 90 92
15 Richlands 28.75 5,811 97 92 108
16 Pulaski 28.75 9,084 97 92 108
17 Galax 29.0 6,942 97 92 108
18 Bluefield 29.33 5,451 97 92 108
19 Marion 29.33 5,953 97 92 108
20 Emporia 29.5 5,825 99 96 101
21 Wytheville 30.33 8,205 97 92 108
22 Petersburg 30.67 32,226 99 96 101
23 Danville 30.83 43,185 112 102 93
24 Radford 30.92 16,511 97 92 108
25 Hopewell 31.67 22,501 99 96 101
26 Harrisonburg 32.17 49,043 99 93 104
27 Christiansburg 32.25 20,980 97 92 108
28 South Boston 32.25 8,127 112 102 93
29 Franklin 32.25 8,531 104 91 109
30 Portsmouth 32.5 95,786 104 91 109
31 Colonial Heights 32.92 17,426 99 96 101
32 Manassas Park 33.08 14,409 92 113 86
33 Strasburg 33.08 6,348 108 100 99
34 Ashland 33.17 7,239 99 96 101
35 Hampton 33.33 137,471 104 91 109
36 Richmond 33.42 205,348 99 96 101
37 Woodstock 33.42 5,099 108 100 99
38 Front Royal 33.67 14,537 108 100 99
39 Newport News 33.92 180,831 104 91 109
40 Norfolk 33.92 243,056 104 91 109
41 Winchester 34.5 26,330 108 100 99
42 Herndon 34.75 23,424 92 113 86
43 Smithfield 34.75 8,059 104 91 109
44 Suffolk 34.75 84,216 104 91 109
45 Leesburg 34.92 43,208 92 113 86
46 Blacksburg 35.0 42,539 97 92 108
47 Vienna 35.42 15,748 92 113 86
48 Chesapeake 35.58 223,233 104 91 109
49 Virginia Beach 35.92 439,528 104 91 109
50 Warrenton 36.17 9,571 108 100 99
51 Dumfries 36.25 5,001 98 112 94
52 Poquoson 36.42 12,110 104 91 109
53 Belle Haven 36.67 6,808 104 91 109
54 Belle Haven 36.67 6,808 104 91 109
55 Purcellville 37.33 7,754 108 100 99
56 Manassas 37.42 37,943 98 112 94
57 Charlottesville 37.58 43,223 104 98 105
58 Fredericksburg 38.25 24,932 98 112 94
59 Alexandria 39.42 140,337 98 112 94

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