South Charleston, WV Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2021-02-06
South Charleston's Overall Cost Of Living
Lower Than The National Average
12 out of 32
In West Virginia
522 out of 6,399
In America
The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in America. An index above 100 means South Charleston is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in South Charleston, WV?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, South Charleston has an overall cost of living index of 83 which is 0.8x lower than the national index of 100.

Compared to only West Virginia, South Charleston has a cost of living index that's 1.0x lower than West Virginia's index of 84.

The standard of living in South Charleston ranks as #522 most affordable out of the 6,522 places we measured in West Virginia. By definition, that implies South Charleston ranks as the #5,884 most expensive place in the Mountain State.

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South Charleston Cost Of Living Vs. West Virginia

Living Expense South Charleston West Virginia National Average
Overall 83 84 100
Services 94 100 100
Groceries 94 91 100
Health 99 88 100
Housing 63 62 100
Transportation 85 87 100
Utilities 86 89 100
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South Charleston Cost of Living Vs. WV

South 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.

Median Home Value
Median Rent
Median Income
Statistic South Charleston West Virginia United States
Median Home Value $130,700 $119,600 $217,500
Median Rent $702 $725 $1,062
Median Income $53,713 $46,711 $62,843
Home Value To Income 2.4x 2.6x 3.5x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.16x 0.19x 0.2x

Detailed South Charleston Services Costs Vs. West Virginia

Item South Charleston West Virginia
Shampoo $0.94 $1.01
Movie $11.75 $10.72
Bowling $12.75 $13.86

Detailed South Charleston Groceries Costs Vs. West Virginia

Item South Charleston West Virginia
Ground Beef $4.1 $3.9
Fried Chicken $1.49 $1.4
Milk $1.95 $1.96

Detailed South Charleston Health Costs Vs. West Virginia

Item South Charleston West Virginia
Haircut $13.5 $17.49
Beauty Salon $46.0 $38.17
Toothpaste $2.19 $2.32

Detailed South Charleston Transportation Costs Vs. West Virginia

Item South Charleston West Virginia
Potatoes $3.45 $3.18
Pizza $10.49 $10.39
Beer $9.83 $9.23
Optometrist $63.75 $106.34
Doctor $129.75 $115.25
Dentist $100.33 $98.38

Detailed South Charleston Utilities Costs Vs. West Virginia

Item South Charleston West Virginia
Gasoline $2.44 $2.59
Tire Balancing $35.96 $48.9
All Electricity $130.62 $167.6
Phone $175.14 $163.42

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Cost Of Living In Cities Around South Charleston

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. South Charleston
Charleston, WV 48,006 88 1.1x
Teays Valley, WV 13,866 97 1.2x
St. Albans, WV 10,270 83 1.0x
Cross Lanes, WV 9,274 88 1.1x
Dunbar, WV 7,333 82 1.0x
Hurricane, WV 6,482 91 1.1x
Nitro, WV 5,997 82 1.0x

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