Elkins 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.
IndexElkinsWest VirginiaNational
Cost of living index8686100
IndexElkinsWest VirginiaNational
Goods & Services index100100100
Groceries index101101100
Health care index9292100
Housing index5860100
Transportation index9797100
Utilities index8888100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Elkins, WV is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Elkins, WV enjoy a cost of living index of 86. This index is 1% lower than the West Virginia average, and 14% lower than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Elkins, WV, the average cost of goods and services is equal to it is in West Virginia, and it is equal to the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Elkins is 1% lower than the West Virginia average.
  • The cost of living in Elkins is 14% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Elkins is 42% 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$51,832$4,319$1,209$1,555
Renters$20,822$1,735$486$625
The affordability of the housing market in Elkins, WV as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Elkins, WV homeowners, the median income is $51,832. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,209 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $20,822. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $486 used for their rent related monthly costs.

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%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Elkins, WV you will want to make sure you consider both the West Virginia sales tax and the West Virginia income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in West Virginia is 6%, with the highest surtax being 7%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in West Virginia have a range from 3% to 6.5%.

Goods & Services

ItemElkinsNational avg.Difference
Haircut $12.75$15.5618.1%
Beauty Salon $32.72$36.119.4%
Toothpaste $2.55$2.473.3%
Shampoo $0.94$0.962.2%
Movie $10.20$10.130.7%
Bowling $4.17$4.7412.0%

Groceries

ItemElkinsNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.19$3.985.2%
Fried Chicken $1.46$1.413.8%
Milk $2.05$2.060.8%
Potatoes $3.45$2.9815.8%
Pizza $9.00$9.475.0%
Beer $8.55$8.792.8%

Health Care

ItemElkinsNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $89.67$101.0411.3%
Doctor $96.00$107.4410.6%
Dentist $77.00$90.4214.8%
Ibuprofen $8.91$9.283.9%
Lipitor $443.98$426.504.1%

Housing

ItemElkinsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $100,600.00$175,700.0042.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,082.34$1,133.234.5%
Apartment Rent $553.00$920.0039.9%

Transportation

ItemElkinsNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.13$1.996.9%
Tire Balancing $33.51$45.7626.8%

Utilities

ItemElkinsNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$129.76$163.8120.8%
Phone $28.66$28.391.0%
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.
Bowden, WV097-3%
Dailey, WV9297-3%
Valley Bend, WV47280-20%
Parsons, WV1,39080-20%
Mill Creek, WV79681-19%
Elkins, WV7,24186-14%

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Elkins, WV7,24186-14%
Source: The Elkins, WV cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.