Charleston, WV Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2022-04-07
87
Charleston's Overall Cost Of Living
0.9x
Lower Than The National Average
15 out of 31
In West Virginia
1,101 out of 6,412
In America
The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in America. An index above 100 means Charleston is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in Charleston, WV?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Charleston has an overall cost of living index of 87 which is 0.9x lower than the national index of 100.

Compared to only West Virginia, Charleston has a cost of living index that's 1.0x lower than West Virginia's index of 88.

The standard of living in Charleston ranks as #1,101 most affordable out of the 6,418 places we measured in West Virginia. By definition, that implies Charleston ranks as the #5,317 most expensive place in the Mountain State.

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Charleston Cost Of Living Vs. West Virginia

Living Expense Charleston West Virginia National Average
Overall 87 88 100
Services 95 106 100
Groceries 94 100 100
Health 93 87 100
Housing 79 63 100
Transportation 93 89 100
Utilities 87 90 100
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Charleston Cost of Living Vs. WV

Charleston, WV Housing Cost Breakdown

Housing swings affordability the most between places in West Virginia, so we broke down the statistics around housing costs into more detail. It's also important to consider median household incomes to make apples-to-apples comparisons across locations.

Home and income come data comes from the most recent US Census ACS 2014-2018.

$156,900
Median Home Value
$751
Median Rent
$49,769
Median Income
Statistic Charleston West Virginia United States
Median Home Value $156,900 $123,200 $229,800
Median Rent $751 $732 $1,096
Median Income $49,769 $48,037 $64,994
Home Value To Income 3.2x 2.6x 3.5x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.18x 0.18x 0.2x

Detailed Charleston Services Costs Vs. West Virginia

Item Charleston West Virginia
Shampoo $0.92 $1.06
Movie $9.96 $10.68
Bowling $13.78 $14.67

Detailed Charleston Groceries Costs Vs. West Virginia

Item Charleston West Virginia
Ground Beef $4.55 $4.22
Fried Chicken $1.18 $1.39
Milk $1.85 $2.05

Detailed Charleston Health Costs Vs. West Virginia

Item Charleston West Virginia
Haircut $13.38 $18.62
Beauty Salon $36.03 $39.05
Toothpaste $1.86 $2.34

Detailed Charleston Transportation Costs Vs. West Virginia

Item Charleston West Virginia
Potatoes $3.79 $3.29
Pizza $10.26 $10.62
Beer $9.92 $9.38
Optometrist $82.63 $108.57
Doctor $107.12 $116.17
Dentist $93.5 $99.13

Detailed Charleston Utilities Costs Vs. West Virginia

Item Charleston West Virginia
Gasoline $2.13 $2.22
Tire Balancing $41.02 $50.07
All Electricity $130.92 $167.67
Phone $177.97 $175.64

Charleston SnackAbility

6
/10
Overall SnackAbility
Jobs
6/10
Housing
6
Affordability
8
Diversity
8
Safety
3
Amenities
8.5
Education
8.5
Commute
9

Cost Of Living In Cities Around Charleston

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. Charleston
Teays Valley, WV 13,729 97 1.1x
South Charleston, WV 12,461 86 1.0x
St. Albans, WV 10,078 83 1.0x
Cross Lanes, WV 9,517 91 1.0x
Dunbar, WV 7,166 85 1.0x
Nitro, WV 6,498 84 1.0x

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