A wise sage once said:
“She works hard for the money…”
And these places in West Virginia definitely treat her right.
You see, these are the cities and places in West Virginia where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the Mountain State, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.
So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 27 largest places in West Virginia, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.
So where is the cheapest place to live in West Virginia? That would be Weirton.
So listen up Morgantown (the most expensive place in West Virginia) as we explain how we created this ranking. You could learn some things from the rest of the state.
And if you already knew these places were cheap, check out some more reading about West Virginia and the cheapest places in the country:
How We Determined The Most Affordable Places To Live In The Mountain State For 2019
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:
- How much do money do I make?
- How much do I have spend to live there?
You need to understand your costs in the context of how much money you make.
For example, if the median household earns $100,000 and spends $40,000 on housing it’s actually cheaper to live there than a place with a median income of $50,000 and housing costs of $21,000. You might spend more on housing, but you have more money overall to play with.
With that example in mind, we derived several statistics from the latest Census American Community Survey 2013-2017 around incomes and costs. They are:
- Median Home Price / Median Income (lower is better)
- Median Income / Median Rent (Higher is better)
- Median Home Price
We added simply median home price because high home prices generally correlate with higher expenses for all costs related to homes (heating, electricity, etc).
You can then compare these metrics in each of the places in West Virginia to figure out which is the least expensive.
What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” by taking the average rank of each of these metrics for each city.
So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 27 places in West Virginia that have more than 5,000 people.
The place with the lowest cost of living in West Virginia according to the data is Weirton.
The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In West Virginia For 2019
Weirton is a city in Brooke and Hancock counties in the U.S. state of West Virginia. Located primarily in Hancock County, the city lies in the northern portions of the state’s Northern Panhandle region. As of the 2010 census, the city’s population was 19,746. It is a principal city within the Weirton-Steubenville Metropolitan Area, which had a population of 124,454 residents, and by extension part of the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area.
The median income in Weirton comes in at $45,058 and the median home value is $91,500 for 2019.
Grafton is a city in – and the county seat of – Taylor County, West Virginia, USA. The population was 5,164 at the 2010 census. Both of West Virginia’s national cemeteries are located in Grafton. Mother’s Day was founded in Grafton on May 10, 1908 and the city is home to the International Mother’s Day Shrine. Grafton was one of the first places to observe Memorial Day in the United States. Grafton originally developed as a junction point for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, serving numerous branches vital to the local coal industry.
The median income in Grafton comes in at $31,627 and the median home value is $72,100 for 2019.
Clarksburg is a city in and the county seat of Harrison County, West Virginia, United States, in the north-central region of the state. The population of the city was 16,578 at the 2010 census. It is the principal city of the Clarksburg, WV Micropolitan Statistical Area, which had a population of 94,221 in 2014. Clarksburg was named National Small City of the Year in 2011 by the National League of Cities.
The median income in Clarksburg comes in at $40,068 and the median home value is $83,100 for 2019.
Bluefield is a city in Mercer County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 10,447 at the 2010 census. It is the core city of the Bluefield WV-VA micropolitan area, which has a population of 107,342.
The median income in Bluefield comes in at $33,510 and the median home value is $76,600 for 2019.
New Martinsville is a city in Wetzel County, West Virginia, United States, along the Ohio River. The population was 5,366 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Wetzel County.
The median income in New Martinsville comes in at $41,673 and the median home value is $91,500 for 2019.
Oak Hill is a city in Fayette County, West Virginia, United States and is the primary city within the Oak Hill, WV Micropolitan Statistical Area. The micropolitan area is also included in the Beckley-Oak Hill, WV Combined Statistical Area. The population was 7,730 at the 2010 census. Country singer Hank Williams was discovered to be dead while the car in which he was a passenger was stopped in Oak Hill, and Oak Hill is generally accepted to be his place of death.
The median income in Oak Hill comes in at $40,110 and the median home value is $93,500 for 2019.
Princeton, often referred to as the “Jewel of the South,” is a city in and the county seat of Mercer County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 6,432 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Bluefield, WV-VA micropolitan area which has a population of 107,342. The town hosts the Princeton Rays baseball club of the Appalachian League.
The median income in Princeton comes in at $40,467 and the median home value is $89,800 for 2019.
Dunbar is a city in Kanawha County, West Virginia, along the Kanawha River. The population was 7,907 at the 2010 census.
The median income in Dunbar comes in at $42,438 and the median home value is $92,800 for 2019.
The median income in South Charleston comes in at $50,885 and the median home value is $119,000 for 2019.
St. Albans is a city in Kanawha County, West Virginia, United States, at the confluence of the Kanawha and Coal Rivers. The population was 11,044 at the 2010 census.
The median income in St. Albans comes in at $48,475 and the median home value is $111,900 for 2019.
There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. West Virginia Cheapskate
If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in West Virginia, this is an accurate list of the most affordable places to live in west virginia for 2019.
Here’s a look at the most expensive cities in West Virginia according to the data:
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