Weirton 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.
IndexWeirtonWest VirginiaNational
Cost of living index8891100
IndexWeirtonWest VirginiaNational
Goods & Services index97111100
Groceries index10095100
Health care index9596100
Housing index5560100
Transportation index120107100
Utilities index10893100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Weirton, WV. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Weirton, WV being 88, that puts it 3% lower than the average of West Virginia and 12% lower than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Weirton, WV, the price of goods and services are 13% lower than the average of West Virginia as well as 3% lower than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Weirton is 3% lower than the West Virginia average.
  • The cost of living in Weirton is 12% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Weirton 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$50,043$4,170$1,168$1,501
Renters$25,830$2,153$603$775
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Weirton, WV, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Weirton, WV, the median monthly income is $50,043 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,168 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $25,830, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $603 on monthly rental expenses.

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%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Weirton, WV is the West Virginia sales tax and West Virginia income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The West Virginia sales tax rate is 6% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 7%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The West Virginia income tax rates range from 3% to 6.5%.

Goods & Services

ItemWeirtonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.25$14.599.2%
Beauty Salon $37.49$34.688.1%
Toothpaste $1.74$2.4729.6%
Shampoo $0.99$1.023.1%
Movie $8.65$9.8712.3%
Bowling $3.95$4.3910.1%

Groceries

ItemWeirtonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.89$4.489.2%
Fried Chicken $1.72$1.4617.5%
Milk $2.04$2.3613.4%
Potatoes $3.49$3.0614.0%
Pizza $8.70$9.245.9%
Beer $9.99$8.6315.7%

Health Care

ItemWeirtonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $87.00$99.7812.8%
Doctor $89.83$105.0314.5%
Dentist $82.00$88.707.6%
Ibuprofen $9.92$9.415.4%
Lipitor $325.87$298.509.2%

Housing

ItemWeirtonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $86,000.00$175,700.0051.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $963.99$1,081.0310.8%
Apartment Rent $641.00$920.0030.3%

Transportation

ItemWeirtonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.56$2.0922.4%
Tire Balancing $51.54$45.2913.8%

Utilities

ItemWeirtonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$200.47$170.8017.4%
Phone $26.50$28.266.2%
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.
Windsor Heights, WV49180-20%
Pottery Addition, OH31682-18%
Stratton, OH24882-18%
Bloomingdale, OH14782-18%
Irondale, OH34873-27%
Weirton, WV19,52388-12%

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Amherst Center, MA19,54312222%
Warrensburg, MO19,54893-7%
Weirton, WV19,52388-12%
Source: The Weirton, WV cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.