These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Virginia


We used science and data to determine which cities in Virginia that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Virginia does this very well. Families love the Old Dominion’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in Virginia that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state. After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Virginia:

  1. Vienna (Photos)
  2. Alexandria (Photos)
  3. Purcellville (Photos)
  4. Leesburg (Photos)
  5. Herndon (Photos)
  6. Poquoson (Photos)
  7. Fredericksburg (Photos)
  8. Warrenton (Photos)
  9. Virginia Beach (Photos)
  10. Charlottesville (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Martinsville is the most affordable city in Virginia.

Read on to see why these places cost so much more than average. Or check out the most affordable places in Virginia.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Cities 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 most expensive.

For reference, the United State averages a cost of living 100. A score below 100 means that the city has a below average cost of living while a score over 100 has a high cost of living for that category.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 56 places in Virginia that have more than 5,000 people.

The city with the highest cost of living index, Vienna, rank as being the most expensive.

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1. Vienna

Vienna, Virginia

Source: Flickr

Population: 16,173
Services Index: 92
Groceries Index: 113
Housing Index: 292
Healthcare Index: 86
Transportation Index: 108
Utilities Index: 101

2. Alexandria

Alexandria, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 146,422
Services Index: 98
Groceries Index: 112
Housing Index: 232
Healthcare Index: 94
Transportation Index: 121
Utilities Index: 98

3. Purcellville

Purcellville, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,350
Services Index: 108
Groceries Index: 100
Housing Index: 197
Healthcare Index: 99
Transportation Index: 94
Utilities Index: 94

4. Leesburg

Leesburg, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 46,211
Services Index: 92
Groceries Index: 113
Housing Index: 195
Healthcare Index: 86
Transportation Index: 108
Utilities Index: 101

5. Herndon

Herndon, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,141
Services Index: 92
Groceries Index: 113
Housing Index: 185
Healthcare Index: 86
Transportation Index: 108
Utilities Index: 101

6. Poquoson

Poquoson, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,103
Services Index: 104
Groceries Index: 91
Housing Index: 163
Healthcare Index: 109
Transportation Index: 104
Utilities Index: 85

7. Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,632
Services Index: 98
Groceries Index: 112
Housing Index: 161
Healthcare Index: 94
Transportation Index: 121
Utilities Index: 98

8. Warrenton

Warrenton, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,774
Services Index: 108
Groceries Index: 100
Housing Index: 156
Healthcare Index: 99
Transportation Index: 94
Utilities Index: 94

9. Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 445,623
Services Index: 104
Groceries Index: 91
Housing Index: 147
Healthcare Index: 109
Transportation Index: 104
Utilities Index: 85

10. Charlottesville

Charlottesville, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 44,505
Services Index: 104
Groceries Index: 98
Housing Index: 144
Healthcare Index: 105
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 98

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in Virginia that have the highest cost of living, with Vienna ranking as the most exensive city in the Old Dominion.

If you’re curious, here are the most least expensive cities in Virginia:

  1. Martinsville
  2. Covington
  3. Roanoke

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Virginia

City Rank Population Services Groceries Healthcare Housing Transportation Utilities
Vienna 1 16,173 92 113 86 292 108 101
Alexandria 2 146,422 98 112 94 232 121 98
Purcellville 3 8,350 108 100 99 197 94 94
Leesburg 4 46,211 92 113 86 195 108 101
Herndon 5 24,141 92 113 86 185 108 101
Poquoson 6 12,103 104 91 109 163 104 85
Fredericksburg 7 26,632 98 112 94 161 121 98
Warrenton 8 9,774 108 100 99 156 94 94
Virginia Beach 9 445,623 104 91 109 147 104 85
Charlottesville 10 44,505 104 98 105 144 98 98
Chesapeake 11 228,168 104 91 109 141 104 85
Manassas 12 40,436 98 112 94 139 121 98
Blacksburg 13 43,204 97 92 108 129 99 106
Smithfield 14 8,159 104 91 109 129 104 85
Suffolk 15 85,477 104 91 109 129 104 85
Manassas Park 16 14,992 92 113 86 137 108 101
Winchester 17 27,031 108 100 99 123 94 94
Dumfries 18 5,122 98 112 94 116 121 98
Norfolk 19 244,745 104 91 109 112 104 85
Newport News 20 181,362 104 91 109 112 104 85
Lexington 21 7,114 97 90 92 130 99 107
Front Royal 22 14,709 108 100 99 110 94 94
Hampton 23 136,904 104 91 109 109 104 85
Woodstock 24 5,164 108 100 99 109 94 94
Harrisonburg 25 50,821 99 93 104 112 89 105
Strasburg 26 6,486 108 100 99 106 94 94
Richmond 27 211,063 99 96 101 106 88 111
Ashland 28 7,264 99 96 101 104 88 111
Portsmouth 29 96,007 104 91 109 103 104 85
Colonial Heights 30 17,542 99 96 101 103 88 111
Franklin 31 8,534 104 91 109 100 104 85
Christiansburg 32 21,427 97 92 108 93 99 106
Hopewell 33 22,375 99 96 101 81 88 111
Radford 34 16,993 97 92 108 76 99 106
Wytheville 35 8,193 97 92 108 70 99 106
Abingdon 36 8,176 100 91 89 93 94 98
Petersburg 37 32,439 99 96 101 74 88 111
Staunton 38 24,132 95 91 94 91 91 105
Waynesboro 39 21,177 95 91 94 90 91 105
South Boston 40 8,069 112 102 93 60 88 110
Marion 41 5,931 97 92 108 58 99 106
Bluefield 42 5,375 97 92 108 58 99 106
Galax 43 6,981 97 92 108 57 99 106
Richlands 44 5,698 97 92 108 56 99 106
Emporia 45 5,682 99 96 101 58 88 111
Pulaski 46 8,993 97 92 108 56 99 106
Salem 47 25,120 90 90 96 92 88 100
Danville 48 42,704 112 102 93 55 88 110
Buena Vista 49 6,683 97 90 92 68 99 107
Lynchburg 50 77,626 95 92 95 80 87 98
Vinton 51 8,129 90 90 96 79 88 100
Big Stone Gap 52 5,559 100 91 89 60 94 98
Bristol 53 17,595 100 91 89 59 94 98
Roanoke 54 97,949 90 90 96 75 88 100
Covington 55 5,853 97 90 92 47 99 107
Martinsville 56 13,745 96 96 88 53 90 80

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