The area of Virginia plays a crucial role in living cost. I'm originally from Northern VA where my parents live and moved down to Richmond for school. Northern VA is extremely expensive these days and rent for a moderate place to stay is above average. Richmond is either hit or miss really. In some areas outside of the city apartments can cost $1000 for a one bedroom, and some places in the city you could find a 2 bedroom for $800. Hope that helps at all, but like I said, it really depends on which part of the state you are looking at.
Yes, houses and real estate in general are relatively high. What part of Virginia are you looking at? An example would be my parents house which they bought in 1987 for something around $186k and is now appraised around $800k. This is in Northern VA. The only help I can give are these two areas, and I don't know if it helps you at all because I don't know what part of the state you are thinking about moving to.
it really depends on which part of the state you are looking at.
Yep what he said...if your looking for a good house in NOVA...it will probably cost you at least $500k or so....but if you come on down to Southwest VA....you will find the same house for around $200-$250k....dont know alot about the cost of living in tidewater....but i would guess it probably falls in the middle of the latter 2.