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Greater Richmond offers a high quality of life on par with the national average cost. According to the Center for Community and Economic Research’s Cost of Living Index, Annual Average 2021, our region’s overall cost of living is almost 4 percent below the national average, 96.1 and 100.0, respectively. Housing costs, which account for 28 percent of the index, are nearly 10 percent lower in the Richmond area than the national average.

Richmond MSA
Composite Index (100%) 96.1
Grocery Items (14%) 91.8
Housing (28%) 90.5
Utilities (9%) 101.8
Transportation (9%) 93.0
Health Care (5%) 107.0
Misc. Goods & Services (35%) 101.7
100=U.S. Average

Source: Council for Community and Economic Research Cost of Living Index, 2021 Annual Average.