These Are The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In West Virginia For 2018


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 for 2018:

  1. Charles Town (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Wheeling (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Weirton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Bridgeport (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Martinsburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Morgantown (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Vienna (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Buckhannon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Charleston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. South Charleston (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So hopefully Huntington (the cheapest place to live in West Virginia) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out the best places to live in West Virginia or the cheapest.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Mountain State For 2018

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.

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.

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. Charles Town

Charles Town, West Virginia

Population: 5,258
Services: 108
Groceries: 100
Health Care: 99
Housing: 105
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 94
More on Charles Town: Homes For Sale | Data
Charles Town, officially the City of Charles Town, is a city in Jefferson County, West Virginia, and is also the county seat. The population was 5,259 at the 2010 United States Census.

2. Wheeling

Wheeling, West Virginia

Population: 28,662
Services: 97
Groceries: 100
Health Care: 95
Housing: 54
Transportation: 120
Utilities: 108
More on Wheeling: Homes For Sale | Data
Wheeling is a city in Ohio and Marshall counties in the U.S. state of West Virginia. Located almost entirely in Ohio County, of which it is the county seat, it lies along the Ohio River in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Wheeling was originally a settlement in the British colony of Virginia and later an important city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Wheeling was the first state capital of West Virginia. Due to its location along major transportation routes, including the Ohio River, National Road, and the B&O Railroad, Wheeling became a manufacturing center in the late nineteenth century. After experiencing the closing of factories and substantial population loss following World War II, Wheeling’s major industries now include healthcare, education, law and legal services, entertainment and tourism, and energy.

3. Weirton

Weirton, West Virginia

Population: 19,664
Services: 97
Groceries: 100
Health Care: 95
Housing: 54
Transportation: 120
Utilities: 108
More on Weirton: Homes For Sale | Data
Weirton (pron. WEER-ton) 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.

4. Bridgeport

Bridgeport, West Virginia

Population: 8,175
Services: 111
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 96
Housing: 104
Transportation: 107
Utilities: 93
More on Bridgeport: Homes For Sale | Data
Bridgeport is a city in Harrison County, West Virginia, USA. The population was 8,149 at the 2010 census.

5. Martinsburg

Martinsburg, West Virginia

Population: 17,316
Services: 108
Groceries: 100
Health Care: 99
Housing: 86
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 94
More on Martinsburg: Homes For Sale | Data
Martinsburg is a city in and the county seat of Berkeley County, West Virginia, United States, in the tip of the state’s Eastern Panhandle region. Its population was 17,687 in the 2016 census estimate, making it the largest city in the Eastern Panhandle and the ninth-largest municipality in the state. Martinsburg is part of the Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area.

6. Morgantown

Morgantown, West Virginia

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Population: 29,956
Services: 111
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 96
Housing: 88
Transportation: 107
Utilities: 93
More on Morgantown: Homes For Sale | Data
Morgantown is a city in and the county seat of Monongalia County, West Virginia, situated along the banks of the Monongahela River. With a permanent population of 31,073 per the 2015 U.S. Census estimates, Morgantown is the largest city in North-Central West Virginia. The Morgantown metropolitan area has a population of 138,176, and is the 3rd largest in West Virginia. West Virginia University adds several thousand seasonal residents to the city and surrounding area from September through May. Morgantown is best known as the home of West Virginia University and the Morgantown Personal Rapid Transit system.

7. Vienna

Vienna, West Virginia

Population: 10,721
Services: 111
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 96
Housing: 65
Transportation: 107
Utilities: 93
More on Vienna: Homes For Sale | Data

8. Buckhannon

Buckhannon, West Virginia

Population: 5,626
Services: 111
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 96
Housing: 61
Transportation: 107
Utilities: 93
More on Buckhannon: Homes For Sale | Data
Buckhannon is the only incorporated city in, and the county seat of, Upshur County, West Virginia, United States, and is located along the Buckhannon River. The population was 5,639 at the 2010 census. Buckhannon is home to West Virginia Wesleyan College and the West Virginia Strawberry Festival, held annually on the third week of May. The city is located 115 miles northeast from the capital city of Charleston and 140 miles south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

9. Charleston

Charleston, West Virginia

Population: 51,224
Services: 97
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 108
Housing: 76
Transportation: 99
Utilities: 106
More on Charleston: Homes For Sale | Data
Charleston is the state capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of West Virginia, and the county seat of Kanawha County. It is located at the confluence of the Elk and Kanawha Rivers. As of the 2013 Census Estimate, it had a population of 50,821, while its metropolitan area had 224,743. It is a center of government, commerce, and industry.

10. South Charleston

South Charleston, West Virginia

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Population: 13,402
Services: 97
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 108
Housing: 61
Transportation: 99
Utilities: 106
More on South Charleston: Homes For Sale | Data

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 expensive city in the Mountain State.

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

  1. Huntington
  2. Hurricane
  3. Bluefield

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In West Virginia

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

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