A dollar's not a dollar anymore

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, $100 in Virginia is not really $100. It's $97.42, or 94 cents per $1. This is because Virginia is considered a "high price state." That means your money here won't buy you as much as it would in a cheaper state, like, well, most of the other states (see map). A buck in DC has the lowest purchasing power of 85 cents, while a buck in Alabama has a buying power of $1.14. While the report doesn't specify, we believe it is NOVA that drives up prices and skews this number. We bet shopping in other parts will yield more for your dollar.

Photo: Bureau of Economic Analysis