Huntington 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.
IndexHuntingtonWest VirginiaNational
Cost of living index8386100
IndexHuntingtonWest VirginiaNational
Goods & Services index99100100
Groceries index94101100
Health care index9592100
Housing index5560100
Transportation index9697100
Utilities index8788100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Huntington, WV cost of living index. Compared to other cities in West Virginia and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Huntington, WV is 83, which is 3% lower than the West Virginia average and 17% lower than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Huntington, WV are 1% lower than the average for West Virginia and 2% lower than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in Huntington is 3% lower than the West Virginia average.
  • The cost of living in Huntington is 17% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Huntington is 45% 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$46,840$3,903$1,093$1,405
Renters$15,239$1,270$356$457
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Huntington, WV, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Huntington, WV homeowners have a median income of $46,840. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,093 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $15,239, which means there is a maximum of $356 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

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 considering the overall cost of living expenses in Huntington, WV, it's important to take into account the sales tax for West Virginia, as well as the rate for income tax in West Virginia. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for West Virginia is 7%, and the sales tax in the state of West Virginia is 6%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in West Virginia starts from 3% and goes up to 6.5%.

Goods & Services

ItemHuntingtonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $12.12$15.5622.2%
Beauty Salon $32.80$36.119.2%
Toothpaste $1.93$2.4721.8%
Shampoo $0.80$0.9617.1%
Movie $9.59$10.135.3%
Bowling $4.18$4.7411.7%

Groceries

ItemHuntingtonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.81$3.984.3%
Fried Chicken $1.28$1.419.0%
Milk $1.73$2.0616.2%
Potatoes $2.68$2.9810.2%
Pizza $8.99$9.475.1%
Beer $8.16$8.797.2%

Health Care

ItemHuntingtonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $54.39$101.0446.2%
Doctor $96.85$107.449.9%
Dentist $92.19$90.422.0%
Ibuprofen $8.22$9.2811.5%
Lipitor $431.97$426.501.3%

Housing

ItemHuntingtonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $89,100.00$175,700.0049.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $782.25$1,133.2331.0%
Apartment Rent $609.00$920.0033.8%

Transportation

ItemHuntingtonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.97$1.991.0%
Tire Balancing $41.58$45.769.1%

Utilities

ItemHuntingtonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$128.45$163.8121.6%
Phone $27.99$28.391.4%
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.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Catlettsburg, KY1,87579-21%
Prichard, WV40880-20%
Kenova, WV3,15180-20%
Wayne, WV2,03281-19%
Crown City, OH36781-19%
Huntington, WV49,05383-17%

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Poway, CA49,04015151%
La Mirada, CA49,03814343%
Sammamish, WA49,07718080%
Edina, MN48,94013131%
Logan, UT48,93392-8%
Huntington, WV49,05383-17%
Source: The Huntington, WV cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.