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The cost of living in the Virgin Islands is higher than average costs in cities across the US mainland. Recent documents published by the Virgin Islands Legislature estimated that the cost of living in the Virgin Islands is on average 33% higher then most US jurisdictions.

The cost of living is also high when compared to the per capita income. The same publication by the Virgin Islands Legislature before mentioned, states that the Virgin Islands has the third lowest wage offerings of US jurisdictions.

Below you will find approximate cost of housing/apartments, utilities and groceries for each island.

Housing/Apartments

St. Thomas & Water Island St. John St. Croix
Efficiency Studio $700-$1100 $800-$1000 $800
Cottage $1000-$1800 $1000-$1800 $1200-$2000
1 Bedroom Apt. $950-$1550 $1000-$1800 $900-$1200
2 Bedroom Apt. $1200-$2200 $1200-$3000 $1100-$1800
2-3 Bedroom Condo $1700-$3500 $1500-$4000 $1800-$2400
3-4 Bedroom House $2500-$6000 $2500-$5000 $2500-$4000

Note: Information dated September 2010. Rental rates made available from The Settlers Handbook to the US Virgin Islands.

Service/Utility Cost

St. Thomas & Water Island St. John St. Croix
Gas for Stove
(100 lb)
$71 - $74 $92 - $95 $69 - $72
* Charge may vary depending on delivery location.
Gasoline
(Per Gallon)
$3.495 - $3.674 $3.389 - $3.509 $2.699 - $2.888
* Prices may vary between gas stations.
Water
(by Truck)
$325
5300 gallons
$350 - $365
5000 gallons
$210 - $310
5300 gallons
* Charge may vary depending on delivery location. Other sizes may be available.
Cable Television
(Monthly)
Basic: $13.30
Expanded: $49.44
Premium Packages from $55.95 - $82.95
*Equipment charges and taxes may apply, movie channels also available.
Electricity
(Monthly)
Residents pay a Customer Charge of $5 plus about $.298 per kwh (rate .211661 + 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)
Dial up around $13.96 to $15.45. DSL (depending on connection speed) around $60 to $99 plus taxes. Installation fees may apply.

Note: Updated January 2009.

Grocery List - Food Cost

Grocery list and prices are for reference only. Prices shown below are from one store, however various stores exist on each island therefore prices may vary from those listed. Water Island has a small convenience store only; residents shop primarily on St. Thomas.

Grocery List for St. Thomas, USVI
Orange Bell Pepper 4.59/lb
Cucumber 1.39/each
Eggplant 1.29/lb
Carrots .99/lb
Green Bell Pepper 1.79/lb
Broccoli Crowns 1.79/lb
Tomatoes 2.29/lb
Snow Peas 3.89/lb
Romaine Lettuce 1.69/each
Mushrooms 8 oz. 1.49
Cole Slaw 16 oz. 1.89
White Onion 1.09/lb
Red Onion .99/lb
Banana .79
Navel Oranges 1.09/lb
Minnesota Tangerines 1.69/lb
Granny Smith Apples 1.49/lb
Nectarines 2.49/lb
Asian Pears 3.49/lb
D'anjou Pears 1.79/lb
Pummelo 2.29/lb
Red Grapefruit 1.39/lb
Limes 1.69/lb
Zucchinni 1.79/lb
Yellow Squash 1.89/lb
White Potatoes .69/lb
Red Potatoes .69/lb
Duncan Hines Cake Mix 18.25 oz 2.19
Spaquetti 1 lb 1.59
Ronzoni Rigatoni 1 lb 1.89
Del Monte Sweet Peas 15 oz can 1.39
Hunts Stewed Tomatos 14.5 oz can 1.69
Silk Soymilk Vanilla 1/2 gallon 5.69
Ritz Crackers 1 lb 4.99
Ruffles 17.5 oz 4.89
Tropicana OJ 2-96 oz 9.99
Milk 1 gallon 6.99
Dawn Dish Washing Soap 90 oz. 7.48
Bounty 15 pack 13.98
Tide 211 oz. 21.98
Ben & Jerrys 1 pint 5.29
Kraft Singles 24 Slices 4.99
Yoplait .69
Natures Own Bread 2.55
Holsum White Bread 2.45
French Wheat Bread 1.59
Natura Soy Beverage Vanilla 32 oz 1.99
Kelloggs Rice Krispies 34.4 oz 5.98
Kraft Macroni & Cheese 14 oz 1.89
CocaCola or Sprite 2 Lts 1.59
Ocean Spray Cranberry 2-64 oz 5.98
Country Time Lemonade 82.5 oz 6.99
Pork Spareribs 2.69/lb
Land o Frost Honey Ham 1 lb 3.79
V8 Juice 24 pk/11.5 oz 15.99
Lamb Chuck Steak 3.19/lb
Beef Bone in Shank 2.19/lb
Bottom Round Roast 3.79/lb
Beef Bnls Stew Meat 3.99/lb
Ground Beef 2.39/lb
TBone Steak 9.99/lb
Beef Bullfoot 1.49/lb
Beef Ground Round 93% Lean 3.99/lb
Salmon 7.49/lb
Black Tiger Shrimp 8.99/lb
Huggies Ultratrim Step 3 80 ct 20.99
Huggies Pull Ups 2T-3T 88 Ct. 39.99
Gerber 2pk 3.5 oz Peach Cobbler 1.79
Gerber 4 oz VegeChick .99
Gerber Cereal Rice with Apples 8 oz 3.19
Enfamil Prosobe 129 oz 24.99
Huggies Wipes 72 ct 15.39
Luvs 48 Diapers 11.99
Friskies 5.5 oz can .69
Friskies 50.4 oz Bag 3.99
Fresh Step 7 lbs 5.99
Purina One Dog Food 8 lb. 10.99
Beneful 7 lb. 9.59
Wild Bird Food 10 lb. 5.29

Note: The St. Thomas grocery list/cost was updated April 2008.

Grocery List for St. Croix, USVI
Apples Red Del 1.39/lb
Bosc Pears 1.79/lb
Plums 2.99/lb
Nectarines 2.49/lb
6 Oranges 5.99
Kiwi 2.49/lb
Mixed Grapes 3.99/lb
Limes 7 for $1
Banana .78/lb
Red Bell Pepper 2.99/lb
Celery 2.49/lb
Eggplant 1.79/lb
Tomatoes 1.79/lb
5 lb Bag Potatos 2.99
Cabbage .79/lb
Tropicana OJ 128 fl oz 8.29
Apple Juice 2-96 fl oz 7.19
Cran-Rasberry 2-96 fl oz 8.99
Cranberry 128 fl oz 6.19
Turkey Breast 6 oz. 4.99
Dozen Eggs 2.69
Heiniken 6pk 6.99
Milk 1/2 gallon 3.39
Soy Milk 1/2 gallon 3.97
Ragu 3-45 oz 8.99
Smuckers Preserve 12 oz 3.29
Del Monte Can Pears 15 oz. 2.29
Mott's Apple Sauce 6pk 3.9oz 3.39
Hunts Ketchup 36oz 2.69
Del Monte Mixed Veges 14.5 oz can 1.09
Betty Croker Garlice Mash 7.2 oz 2.69
Ranzoni Bowtie 12 oz 2.09
Mahatma Rice 5lbs 4.69
Gerber Chicken Noodle 6oz 1.25
Gerber Graducates Carrot 4oz 1.85
Enfamil 1 qt 10.99
Huggies 31ct 13.99
Always 36 pads 6.99
Stayfree 24 pads 4.69
Pantene 13.5 fl oz 4.59
Colgate 8.2 oz 5.39
Charmin 24 ct 7.99
Cherrios 37oz 8.39
Chips Ahoy 16 oz 5.19
Doritos 9 oz 3.99
Bounty 15pk 14.99
Whiskas 6.6lb 9.99
Friskies 6oz .69
Pedigree 13.2oz 1.09
Beneful 4lb. 5.99
Tide 2x Ultra 100oz 17.99
Salmon 11.99/lb
Red Snapper 8.99/lb
Butterfly Pork Chops 5.99/lb
Centercut Pork Chops 4.99/lb
Porterhouse Steaks 11.99/lb
Beef Tenderloin 16.99/lb
NY Strip Steak 11.99/lb
Ground Beef 4.79/lb
London Broil 4.38/lb
Beef Bottom Round 4.49/lb
Smoked Herring 5.69/lb
Pork Tails 2.99/lb
10lb Tyson Chicken Wings 19.99
Pork Ribs 2.99/lb
Holsum Club Bread 24 oz 2.39
Palmolive 25 fl oz 3.99

Note: The St. Croix grocery list/cost was updated July 2008.

Grocery List for St. John, USVI
Tomatos Red Vine Cluster 2.95/lb
Red Plums 2.95/lb
Apples Fuji 1.45/lb
Honeydew Melon 4.65/each
Canteloupes 2.95/each
Pineapples 5.95/each
Valerie Oranges .45/each
Red Grapes Seedless 2.95/lb
16oz Mushrooms 3.95
Peppers 1.95/lb
Lettuce Green Leaf 2.95/each
Garlic 1.25/lb
Kraft Macaroni and Cheese 7.25oz 2.15/each
Ground Beef 3.95/lb
Chicken Breast Boneless 7.45/lb
HIdden Valley Ranch 16 flz oz 6.95
Bananas .95/lb
Chicken Wings 3.95/lb
Spaquetti (Fiberwise) 16oz. 4.95
Banquet Chicken Breast Patties 12oz. 3.95
Digiorno Pizza Pepporoni 28.3oz. 19.95
OreIda Fries 30oz. 4.95
Ruffles Potato Chips 5.49
Pedigree Dog Food 4.4lb. 9.95
15.25 oz Libbys Can Corn 2.45
15.25 oz LIbbys Can Green Beans 2.45
Oscar Meyer Ham 6oz. 3.95
Kraft Sharp Cheddar Cheese 8oz. 4.95
Yoplait Yogart 6oz. .95
Bagels (Lenders) 6 pack 2.95
1 dozen eggs 2.95
Velda 1/2 Gallon Milk 2.95
Silk 1/2 Gallon Soymilk 4.95
Cherrios 10.9oz 6.95
Honey Bunches of Oats 14.5oz. 6.95
Tropicana 64oz. Orange Juice 4.95
Duncan Hines Cake Mix 18.25oz. 3.95

Note: The St. John grocery list/cost was updated July 2009.

Alcohol Prices

St. Thomas
Captain Morgan Spiced Rum 1Lt. $8.99
Cruzan White 151 Rum 750ml $5.59
Cruzan Dark 1Lt. $2.98
Bacardi Light Rum 1.75 $12.99
Myers Rum 1Lt. $10.99
Belvedere Vodka 1Lt. $27.99
Ciroc Vodka 1Lt. $32.59
Grey Goose Vodka 1Lt. $26.99
Skyy Vodka 1Lt. $7.39
Mount Gay Rum 1Lt. $10.29
Tequila Cuervo Gold 1Lt. $12.99
Beefeater Dry Gin 1.75 $9.99
Absolut Vodka 1Lt. $10.49
Tanqueray Gin 1.75 $22.49
Jack Daniels Whiskey Black Label 1.75 $32.49
Chivas Regal Scotch 1Lt. $21.99
Southern Comfort 1Lt. $13.49
Dewars White Label 1Lt. $13.99
Remy Martin 700ml $28.79
Courvoisier Cognac 700ml $26.99
Crown Royal 1.75 $24.49
Hennessy 1Lt. $32.49
Gantier Cognac 1000ml $22.99
Baileys Original 1Lt. $17.99
Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge 1Lt. $23.99
Romana Sambuca 1Lt. $15.99
Korbel Brut Champagne 750ml $11.49
Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial 750ml $39.99
Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut 750ml $39.99
DiSaronno Amaretto 1Lt. $16.49
Frangelico Liquer 750ml $17.99
Cointreau Liquer 1Lt. $24.99
Heineken Beer Case (Cans or Bottles) $25.99
Red Stripe Case (Bottles) $19.99
Coors Light Case (Longnecks) $17.99
Guiness Stout Case (Bottles) $28.49

Note: Alcohol list/cost was updated April 2008.

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