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Greater Richmond offers a high quality of life on par with the national average cost. According to the Council for Community and Economic Research’s Cost of Living Index, Annual Average 2022, our region’s overall cost of living is over 3 percent below the national average (96.9 vs. 100.0). Housing costs, which account for 28 percent of the index, are over 12 percent lower in the Richmond area than the national average.

Richmond MSA
Composite Index (100%) 96.9
Grocery Items (14%) 94.2
Housing (28%) 87.9
Utilities (9%) 103.8
Transportation (9%) 96.1
Health Care (5%) 103.6
Misc. Goods & Services (35%) 102.9
100=U.S. Average

Source: Council for Community and Economic Research Cost of Living Index, 2022 Annual Average.