These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Virginia For 2018


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 for 2018:

  1. Alexandria (Photos)
  2. Fredericksburg (Photos)
  3. Charlottesville (Photos)
  4. Manassas (Photos)
  5. Purcellville (Photos)
  6. Belle Haven
  7. Belle Haven
  8. Poquoson (Photos)
  9. Dumfries (Photos)
  10. Warrenton (Photos)

So hopefully Martinsville (the cheapest place to live in Virginia) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out the best places to live in Virginia or the cheapest.

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

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.

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.

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

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1. Alexandria

Alexandria, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 140,337
Services: 98
Groceries: 112
Health Care: 94
Housing: 232
Transportation: 121
Utilities: 98
Alexandria is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 139,966, and in 2016, the population was estimated to be 155,810. Located along the western bank of the Potomac River, Alexandria is approximately 7 miles (11 km) south of downtown Washington, D.C.

2. Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,932
Services: 98
Groceries: 112
Health Care: 94
Housing: 161
Transportation: 121
Utilities: 98
Fredericksburg is an independent city located in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the Eastern United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 24,286, up from 19,279 at the 2000 census. The city population was estimated at 28,118 in 2015. The Bureau of Economic Analysis of the United States Department of Commerce combines the city of Fredericksburg with neighboring Spotsylvania County for statistical purposes.

3. Charlottesville

Charlottesville, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 43,223
Services: 104
Groceries: 98
Health Care: 105
Housing: 144
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 98
Charlottesville, colloquially known as Cville by locals, is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 2016, an estimated 46,912 people lived within the city limits. It is the county seat of Albemarle County, which surrounds the city, though the two are separate legal entities. This means a Charlottesville resident will list the City of Charlottesville as both their county and city on official paperwork. It is named after the British Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the City of Charlottesville with the County of Albemarle for statistical purposes, bringing its steadily growing population to approximately 150,000. Charlottesville is the heart of the Charlottesville metropolitan area, which includes Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene and Nelson counties.

4. Manassas

Manassas, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 37,943
Services: 98
Groceries: 112
Health Care: 94
Housing: 139
Transportation: 121
Utilities: 98
Manassas (formerly Manassas Junction) is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 37,821. The city borders Prince William County, the independent city of Manassas Park, and Fairfax County. The Bureau of Economic Analysis includes both Manassas and Manassas Park with Prince William County for statistical purposes.

5. Purcellville

Purcellville, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,754
Services: 108
Groceries: 100
Health Care: 99
Housing: 197
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 94
Purcellville is a town in Loudoun County, Virginia, United States. The population was 9,232 according to the United States Census 2015 Population Estimate (as of July 1, 2015). Purcellville is the major population center for western Loudoun and the Loudoun Valley. Today[update], many of the older structures remaining in Purcellville reflect the Victorian architecture popular during the early 20th century. Patrick Henry College is located in the town.

6. Belle Haven


Population: 6,808
Services: 104
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 109
Housing: 171
Transportation: 104
Utilities: 85

7. Belle Haven


Population: 6,808
Services: 104
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 109
Housing: 171
Transportation: 104
Utilities: 85

8. Poquoson

Poquoson, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,110
Services: 104
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 109
Housing: 163
Transportation: 104
Utilities: 85
Poquoson /pkosn/ is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 12,150. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Poquoson with surrounding York County for statistical purposes.

9. Dumfries

Dumfries, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,001
Services: 98
Groceries: 112
Health Care: 94
Housing: 116
Transportation: 121
Utilities: 98
Dumfries, officially the Town of Dumfries, is a town in Prince William County, Virginia. The population was 4,961 at the 2010 United States Census.

10. Warrenton

Warrenton, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,571
Services: 108
Groceries: 100
Health Care: 99
Housing: 156
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 94
Warrenton is a town in Fauquier County, Virginia, United States. The population was 9,611 at the 2010 census, up from 6,670 at the 2000 census. The estimated population in 2015 was 9,897. Warrenton is the county seat of Fauquier County. It is at the junction of U.S. Route 15, U.S. Route 17, U.S. Route 29, and U.S. Route 211. The town is in the Piedmont region of Virginia, east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The well-known Airlie Conference Center is 3 miles (5 km) north of Warrenton, and the historic Vint Hill Farms military facility is 9 miles (14 km) east. Fauquier Hospital is located in the town. Surrounded by Virginia wine and horse country, Warrenton is a popular destination outside Washington, D.C.

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

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

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

  1. Martinsville
  2. Roanoke
  3. Vinton

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Virginia

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

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