Morgantown 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.
IndexMorgantownWest VirginiaNational
Cost of living index9384100
IndexMorgantownWest VirginiaNational
Goods & Services index100100100
Groceries index9191100
Health care index8888100
Housing index9162100
Transportation index8787100
Utilities index8989100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Morgantown, WV is shown above. Compared to the state average of West Virginia the cost of living index in Morgantown, WV is 93, which is 11% higher than the average in West Virginia and compared to the national average it is 7% lower than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Morgantown, WV goods and services come in at equal to the average in West Virginia and are equal to compared to the nationwide average.
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  • The cost of living in Morgantown is 11% higher than the West Virginia average.
  • The cost of living in Morgantown is 7% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Morgantown is 9% 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$73,771$6,148$1,721$2,213
      Renters$18,426$1,536$430$553
      How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Morgantown, 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 Morgantown, WV homeowners have a median income of $73,771. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,721 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $18,426, which means there is a maximum of $430 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%
      For those who live in Morgantown, WV and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the West Virginia income tax rate and the West Virginia sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In West Virginia, the sales tax is 6%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 7%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in West Virginia, the income tax rate ranges between 3% to 6.5%.

      Goods & Services

      ItemMorgantownNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $15.62$17.4910.7%
      Beauty Salon $33.53$38.1712.2%
      Toothpaste $2.22$2.324.3%
      Shampoo $1.17$1.0115.6%
      Movie $12.53$10.7216.8%
      Bowling $13.33$13.863.8%

      Groceries

      ItemMorgantownNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.23$3.908.5%
      Fried Chicken $1.34$1.404.0%
      Milk $1.53$1.9622.0%
      Potatoes $2.70$3.1815.2%
      Pizza $9.85$10.395.2%
      Beer $8.85$9.234.1%

      Health Care

      ItemMorgantownNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $99.07$106.346.8%
      Doctor $90.46$115.2521.5%
      Dentist $89.59$98.388.9%
      Ibuprofen $8.20$9.2611.5%
      Lipitor $434.57$466.476.8%

      Housing

      ItemMorgantownNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $178,500.00$184,700.003.4%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,194.88$1,273.326.2%
      Apartment Rent $742.00$949.0021.8%

      Transportation

      ItemMorgantownNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.46$2.595.0%
      Tire Balancing $36.67$48.9025.0%

      Utilities

      ItemMorgantownNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$139.66$167.6016.7%
      Phone $174.84$163.427.0%
      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.

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      Source: The Morgantown, WV cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.