Athens cost of living index

In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.
IndexAthensWest VirginiaNational
Cost of living index9286100
IndexAthensWest VirginiaNational
Goods & Services index96100100
Groceries index91101100
Health care index11292100
Housing index8260100
Transportation index9397100
Utilities index10188100

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  • The cost of living in Athens is 6% higher than the West Virginia average.
  • The cost of living in Athens is 8% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Athens is 18% lower than the national average.
  • West Virginia general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average.
  • West Virginia state income tax is 35% higher than the national average.

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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$62,500$5,208$1,458$1,875
Renters$21,667$1,806$506$650

West Virginia Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
West Virginia6%7%

West Virginia Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
West Virginia3%6.5%

Goods & Services

ItemAthensNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.92$15.564.1%
Beauty Salon $34.65$36.114.0%
Toothpaste $1.95$2.4720.9%
Shampoo $0.80$0.9617.5%
Movie $11.50$10.1313.5%
Bowling $4.54$4.744.1%

Groceries

ItemAthensNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.18$3.9820.3%
Fried Chicken $1.25$1.4110.9%
Milk $1.65$2.0619.9%
Potatoes $2.77$2.987.3%
Pizza $7.56$9.4720.2%
Beer $9.27$8.795.4%

Health Care

ItemAthensNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $104.44$101.043.4%
Doctor $116.62$107.448.5%
Dentist $109.77$90.4221.4%
Ibuprofen $8.85$9.284.6%
Lipitor $453.35$426.506.3%

Housing

ItemAthensNational avg.Difference
Home Price $147,900.00$175,700.0015.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $775.55$1,133.2331.6%
Apartment Rent $695.00$920.0024.5%

Transportation

ItemAthensNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.87$1.996.3%
Tire Balancing $41.43$45.769.5%

Utilities

ItemAthensNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$138.77$163.8115.3%
Phone $35.01$28.3923.3%
Although the cost of living data is updated regularly, this cost of living information is to be used as estimates only as prices can change on an ongoing basis.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Montcalm, WV49472-28%
Oakvale, WV15177-23%
Matoaka, WV25278-22%
Lashmeet, WV39081-19%
Glen Lyn, VA15881-19%
Athens, WV1,06292-8%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
St. Paul, VA1,06291-9%
Bow Mar, CO1,062200100%
Bell Hill, WA1,06215555%
Lockwood, MO1,06279-21%
San Antonio, FL1,06295-5%
Athens, WV1,06292-8%
Source: The Athens, WV cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.