These Are The 10 Most Affordable Places In West Virginia


We used data and science to determine which places in West Virginia go easy on your wallet.

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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 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 26 largest places in West Virginia, we were left with this set of the best value for your money:

  1. Grafton
  2. Huntington
  3. Moundsville
  4. Bluefield
  5. Clarksburg
  6. Keyser
  7. New Martinsville
  8. Princeton
  9. Parkersburg
  10. Oak Hill

So listen up Charles Town as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Most Affordable Places To Live In The Mountain State

There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things 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” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 26 places in West Virginia that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 90 means it’s 10% less expensive.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

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1. Grafton

Grafton, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,191
Services: 111
Groceries: 95
Healthcare: 96
Housing: 37
Transportation: 107
Utiltiies: 93

2. Huntington

Huntington, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 49,136
Services: 96
Groceries: 90
Healthcare: 97
Housing: 53
Transportation: 83
Utiltiies: 96

3. Moundsville

Moundsville, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,277
Services: 111
Groceries: 95
Healthcare: 96
Housing: 43
Transportation: 107
Utiltiies: 93

4. Bluefield

Bluefield, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,486
Services: 97
Groceries: 92
Healthcare: 108
Housing: 47
Transportation: 99
Utiltiies: 106

5. Clarksburg

Clarksburg, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,507
Services: 111
Groceries: 95
Healthcare: 96
Housing: 50
Transportation: 107
Utiltiies: 93

6. Keyser

Keyser, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,354
Services: 108
Groceries: 100
Healthcare: 99
Housing: 48
Transportation: 94
Utiltiies: 94

7. New Martinsville

New Martinsville, West Virginia

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,373
Services: 111
Groceries: 95
Healthcare: 96
Housing: 53
Transportation: 107
Utiltiies: 93

8. Princeton

Princeton, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,427
Services: 97
Groceries: 92
Healthcare: 108
Housing: 50
Transportation: 99
Utiltiies: 106

9. Parkersburg

Parkersburg, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,482
Services: 111
Groceries: 95
Healthcare: 96
Housing: 54
Transportation: 107
Utiltiies: 93

10. Oak Hill

Oak Hill, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,693
Services: 97
Groceries: 92
Healthcare: 108
Housing: 51
Transportation: 99
Utiltiies: 106

Detailed List Of Affordable Places In West Virginia

City Rank Population Services Grociers Healthcare
Grafton 1 5,191 111 95 96
Huntington 2 49,136 96 90 97
Moundsville 3 9,277 111 95 96
Bluefield 4 10,486 97 92 108
Clarksburg 5 16,507 111 95 96
Keyser 6 5,354 108 100 99
New Martinsville 7 5,373 111 95 96
Princeton 8 6,427 97 92 108
Parkersburg 9 31,482 111 95 96
Oak Hill 10 7,693 97 92 108
Fairmont 11 18,763 111 95 96
Elkins 12 7,164 111 95 96
Wheeling 13 28,662 97 100 95
Hurricane 14 6,306 96 90 97
Weirton 15 19,664 97 100 95
Buckhannon 16 5,626 111 95 96
Dunbar 17 7,864 97 92 108
Nitro 18 7,198 97 92 108
Vienna 19 10,721 111 95 96
Beckley 20 17,596 97 92 108
South Charleston 21 13,402 97 92 108
Charleston 22 51,224 97 92 108
Morgantown 23 29,956 111 95 96
Martinsburg 24 17,316 108 100 99
Bridgeport 25 8,175 111 95 96
Charles Town 26 5,258 108 100 99

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