Cost of Living

Considering the incredible natural beauty, elegant home purchase and rental options, and inspired community living that individuals and families find in Jefferson County, you’d think our cost of living would rank in the same range as the nearby Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area. However, a recent Bureau of Economic Awareness report confirms that compared to neighbors in Virginia (103.2), Maryland (111.3), and the Washington Metropolitan Area (120.4), Jefferson County has one of the lowest costs of living in the region at 90.4. The state of West Virginia ranks even lower at 88.6, which means that our resident’s paychecks and resources go further in Jefferson County than any other county in the region.

These cost of living factors take into account Jefferson County’s competitive personal tax and sales tax rates, utilities, and housing costs that leave businesses and residents alike satisfied with the incredible value you receive by living here. Our multiple local agricultural resources, such as year-round farmer’s markets, also contribute to significantly lower costs of food and groceries.

Curious about life in Jefferson County? Learn more about our resident’s extensive options for education, healthcare, arts and culture, outdoor recreation, and housing by navigating to each section on our website.