Cost of Living

The U.S. Bureau of the Census relies on the Cost of Living Index, researched and provided by ACCRA, a nonprofit organization promoting excellence in research for economic and community development, for cost comparisons of over 300 U.S. cities.

The cost of living in Roanoke is considerably lower than in many localities in the United States, making it an affordable location to grow both business and family.

The cost of living composite index combines measures of basic living expenses of a given city, including housing, utilities, grocery items, transportation, health care, and miscellaneous goods and services.

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  1. Composite Index

Composite Index

AreaComposite Index
Washington, DC160.3
Oakland, CA154.2
Seattle, WA153.9
San Jose, CA153.3
Boston, MA153.1
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA150.8
San Diego, CA146.6
Stamford, CT137.2
Portland, OR130.2
Chicago, IL125.0
Newark, NJ123.1
Providence, RI117.0
Flagstaff, AZ114.4
Denver, CO112.5
New Orleans, LA112.0
Philadelphia, PA109.6
Philadelphia, PA105.2
Atlanta, GA104.3
Ann Arbor, MI103.7
New Orleans, LA103.0
Atlanta, GA104.8
Salt Lake City, UT104.8
Chapel Hill, NC
104.7
Ann Arbor, MI
104.5
Dallas, TX
104.5
Phoenix, AZ
104.4
Asheville, NC
104.3
Las Vegas, NV
103.9
Detroit, MI
103.4
Charlottesville, VA
103.3
Pittsburgh, PA
102.9
Austin, TX
101.4
USA Average
100.0
Orlando, FL
99.9
Charleston, SC
99.5
Charlotte, NC
96.3
Nashville, TN
96.0
Buffalo, NY
94.8
Roanoke, VA
89.3

Source: ACCRA Cost of Living Survey 2022

Cost of Living Index - Roanoke, VA

CategoryRoanokeNational Average
Composite
89.3100
Grocery86.1100
Housing82.5100
Utilities100.4100
Transportation88.4100
Health98.7100
Miscellaneous
93.2100


Source: ACCRA Cost of Living Survey 2022