These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In West Virginia


We used science and data to determine which cities in West Virginia that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and West Virginia does this very well. Families love the Mountain State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in West Virginia that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state. After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in West Virginia:

  1. Charles Town
  2. Bridgeport (Photos)
  3. Morgantown (Photos)
  4. Martinsburg (Photos)
  5. Charleston (Photos)
  6. South Charleston (Photos)
  7. Beckley (Photos)
  8. Vienna (Photos)
  9. Buckhannon (Photos)
  10. Dunbar

If you’re wondering, Grafton is the most affordable city in West Virginia.

Read on to see why these places cost so much more than average. Or check out the most affordable places in West Virginia.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Cities In West Virginia

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 most expensive.

For reference, the United State averages a cost of living 100. A score below 100 means that the city has a below average cost of living while a score over 100 has a high cost of living for that category.

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.

The city with the highest cost of living index, Charles Town, rank as being the most expensive.

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1. Charles Town

Source: Google Maps

Population: 5,464
Services Index: 108
Groceries Index: 100
Housing Index: 105
Healthcare Index: 99
Transportation Index: 94
Utilities Index: 94

2. Bridgeport

Bridgeport, West Virginia

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,316
Services Index: 111
Groceries Index: 95
Housing Index: 104
Healthcare Index: 96
Transportation Index: 107
Utilities Index: 93

3. Morgantown

Morgantown, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,133
Services Index: 111
Groceries Index: 95
Housing Index: 88
Healthcare Index: 96
Transportation Index: 107
Utilities Index: 93

4. Martinsburg

Martinsburg, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,508
Services Index: 108
Groceries Index: 100
Housing Index: 86
Healthcare Index: 99
Transportation Index: 94
Utilities Index: 94

5. Charleston

Charleston, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 50,911
Services Index: 97
Groceries Index: 92
Housing Index: 76
Healthcare Index: 108
Transportation Index: 99
Utilities Index: 106

6. South Charleston

South Charleston, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,380
Services Index: 97
Groceries Index: 92
Housing Index: 61
Healthcare Index: 108
Transportation Index: 99
Utilities Index: 106

7. Beckley

Beckley, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,529
Services Index: 97
Groceries Index: 92
Housing Index: 59
Healthcare Index: 108
Transportation Index: 99
Utilities Index: 106

8. Vienna

Vienna, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,654
Services Index: 111
Groceries Index: 95
Housing Index: 65
Healthcare Index: 96
Transportation Index: 107
Utilities Index: 93

9. Buckhannon

Buckhannon, West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,646
Services Index: 111
Groceries Index: 95
Housing Index: 61
Healthcare Index: 96
Transportation Index: 107
Utilities Index: 93

10. Dunbar

Source: Google Maps

Population: 7,844
Services Index: 97
Groceries Index: 92
Housing Index: 58
Healthcare Index: 108
Transportation Index: 99
Utilities Index: 106

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in West Virginia that have the highest cost of living, with Charles Town ranking as the most exensive city in the Mountain State.

If you’re curious, here are the most least expensive cities in West Virginia:

  1. Grafton
  2. Huntington
  3. Moundsville

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In West Virginia

City Rank Population Services Groceries Healthcare Housing Transportation Utilities
Charles Town 1 5,464 108 100 99 105 94 94
Bridgeport 2 8,316 111 95 96 104 107 93
Morgantown 3 30,133 111 95 96 88 107 93
Martinsburg 4 17,508 108 100 99 86 94 94
Charleston 5 50,911 97 92 108 76 99 106
South Charleston 6 13,380 97 92 108 61 99 106
Beckley 7 17,529 97 92 108 59 99 106
Vienna 8 10,654 111 95 96 65 107 93
Buckhannon 9 5,646 111 95 96 61 107 93
Dunbar 10 7,844 97 92 108 58 99 106
Nitro 11 6,860 97 92 108 58 99 106
Weirton 12 19,523 97 100 95 54 120 108
Hurricane 13 6,352 96 90 97 76 83 96
Wheeling 14 28,129 97 100 95 54 120 108
Elkins 15 7,241 111 95 96 56 107 93
Fairmont 16 18,746 111 95 96 54 107 93
Oak Hill 17 8,270 97 92 108 51 99 106
Parkersburg 18 31,195 111 95 96 54 107 93
New Martinsville 19 5,322 111 95 96 53 107 93
Princeton 20 6,387 97 92 108 50 99 106
Keyser 21 5,350 108 100 99 48 94 94
Clarksburg 22 16,437 111 95 96 50 107 93
Bluefield 23 10,465 97 92 108 47 99 106
Moundsville 24 8,960 111 95 96 43 107 93
Huntington 25 49,053 96 90 97 53 83 96
Grafton 26 5,179 111 95 96 37 107 93

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