Cost of Living

Using the approximate figures below you can compare your current cost of living expenses to what they might be if you were living in St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. John or Water Island.

Housing/Rentals

St. Thomas & Water Island St. John St. Croix
Efficiency/Studio $775-$1500 $775-$1200 $550-$800
Cottage $800-$1800 $1000-$1800 $1200-$2000
1 Bedroom Apt. $800-$1550 $850-$1800 $550-$1200
2 Bedroom Apt. $1000-$2200 $1200-$3000 $800-$1800
2-3 Bedroom Condo $1400-$3500 $1400-$4000 $1200-$2400
3-4 Bedroom House $1500-$6000 $2250-$5000 $1000-$4000

Note:Rental rates from The Settlers Handbook to the US Virgin Islands, 17th edition, 2013. Utilities not included in rental rate estimates.

Utilities

St. Thomas & Water Island St. John St. Croix
Gas for Stove
(100 lb)
$97 $110 - $115 $95
* Charge may vary depending on delivery location.
Gasoline
(Per Gallon)
$4.58 - $4.88 $4.75 - $5.05 $4.29 - $4.50
* Prices may vary between gas stations.
Water
(by Truck)
$360
5300 gallons
$494
5200 gallons
$290 - $390
5300 gallons
* Price may vary depending on delivery location and well-water versus distilled. Other size truck loads may be available.
Cable Television
(Monthly)
Basic: $11.53
Expanded: $66.20
Premium Packages from $78.20 - $112.70
*Equipment charges and taxes may apply; movie channels also available.
Electricity
(Monthly)
Residents pay a Customer Charge of $4.86 plus about $.51 per kwh (base rate .073599 + fuel charge .401807 + various surcharges per kwh). Total bill depends on consumption.
Telephone Service
(Monthly)
Base Rate is $21.65/month plus End User Access Residence charge of $6.50 and taxes. Calling Features such as caller id and call waiting are available for additional fees.
Internet
(Monthly)
Examples of plans: $49.99 (1.5 Mbps) and $89.99 (8Mbps). Installation fees may apply. Taxes may be additional.
Cellular
(Monthly)
Prices vary based on voice, text, data needs; and individual vs. family plans.

Note: Utility prices updated July 2014.

Grocery Costs

Grocery list and prices are for reference only. Prices shown are for products from two large stores on St. Thomas. Several grocery stores exist on each island and comparatively speaking the prices vary. Generally the prices of groceries are similar at large stores on St. Thomas compared to St. Croix; while prices on St. John tend to be higher.

Ceres Juice 2.99
32 oz Plain Yogurt 2.99
Butternut Squash 1.49/lb
Spaghetti Squash 1.89/lb
5 Ct Garlic Sleeve 1.29
Celery Stalks 1.69
Bosc Pears 1.49/lb
2 lb Ahi Tuna Steaks 18.99
Green Onions (1 bunch) .79
Kale (1 bunch) 2.29
1 Green Bell Pepper 1.59
Small package of Blackberries 5.49
Ginger Root 3.29/lb
Fresh Mozzarella Log 6.99
Bananas .99/lb
Simply Original Orange Juice (59oz) 6.99
Roland Moutarde L'Ancienne 8.69
Hunts Tomato Ketchup 2.19
Field Day Extra Virgin Olive Oil 15.19
Spectrum Canola Mayonnaise 8.89
24 Ct Hot Dogs (Beef) 12.99
Hamburger Buns 5.48
Rice Dream 64 fl oz 6.49
Pumpkin .99/lb
Baby Bok Choy 3.99/lb
Portobello Mushrooms (2 pk) 4.39
Whole Grain Loaf of Bread 4.99
Roma Tomatoes 2.39/lb
Cage Free Brown Eggs (dozen) 5.48
Snap Peas 2.99/lb
Bag of Chicken Breasts 18.98
White Vinegar (1.32 Gal) 4.28
Bath Tissue (12 Pk) 9.99
Whole Milk (1/2 gal) 5.29
Leeks (1 bunch) 3.49
Seedless Green Grapes 4.29/lb
Emily's Mixed Nuts (35 oz) 16.99
Bag of Organic Carrots 3.69
Green Yogurt (16oz) 5.99
Cassava Root 1.19/lb
Plantain .99/lb
Broccoli Crowns 2.89/lb
Red Onions 1.69/lb
Fresh Asparagus 4.79/lb
Cucumber 1.29
Red Bell Pepper 3.49/each
Small pack of Short Ribs 9.82
3oz Friskies Cat Food .59/each

Note: Grocery prices updated July 2014.

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