Quality of Life
West Virginia is more than just a place for business.
It’s a place where companies, their employees, and their families live and thrive for generations.
We understand large-scale business decisions directly affect the individuals behind the day-to-day operations, which is why we have made it a top priority to ensure a high quality of life for not only our current residents, but those who may one day call the Mountain State their home.
We provide our residents with a low cost of living and high quality of life across the board.Cost of living in West Virginia is 14% below the national average. The home ownership rate is the highest in the nation, with affordable and safe housing options to meet every individual or family’s needs. Residents can choose to live in urban or suburban communities, small towns or rural areas – all within short commutes to major destinations. West Virginia also offers its residents a merit-based financial aid program called the Promise Scholarship, where students can receive annual awards up to $4,750 to cover in-state tuition costs.
West Virginia is rich in history and culture.Residents and visitors can see the state’s artisanship, history and culture through the many museums found throughout West Virginia. Museums like The Blenko Glass Company Studios & Gallery, Civil War Living History Museum, Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and Youth Museum, and West Virginia State Museum are wonderful places to visit for residents and visitors alike. In addition, the state has a vast collection of state, county and city-wide fairs and festivals held annually to provide exciting cultural experiences.
Our communities are best places to live, work and raise a family.
The ArtsWest Virginia has active arts and music communities. The state is home to three symphony orchestras, Mountain Stage, a live audience music production broadcasted on public radio, the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences in West Virginia, and many performing arts centers and stages that host performances from ballets and theatre productions throughout the state.
Community EventsWhen it comes to weekend activities, you will find that West Virginia’s cities and regions are busy with 5k run/walks, outdoor entertainment, festivals and much more.
SportsSports enthusiasts and fans can take advantage of the state’s two university athletic programs: West Virginia University Mountaineers and the Marshall Thundering Herd, or visit The West Virginia Power at Appalachian Power Park or the West Virginia Black Bears at Monongalia County Ballpark to watch the state’s two minor league baseball teams. Prefer to play? Youth and adult sports programs are offered throughout the state.
ShoppingWest Virginia’s cities and communities are booming with an array of shopping options, ranging from local boutique shops and antique stores to major shopping centers. No matter what you’re searching for, you can find it in West Virginia.
What makes West Virginia great is the ability to see and experience all four seasons, and we have recreational offerings to match this year-round atmosphere. Both residents and visitors alike can participate in a number of outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, rock climbing, fishing, hunting, golf, tennis, skiing, boating and much more. In addition, West Virginia is home to world-class whitewater rafting companies and one of the largest ATV trail systems in the country.
West Virginia also has more than 40 state parks and forests to discover and explore, some including mountain lodges and cozy cabins. You can also find rails-to-trails for walking, running and biking throughout West Virginia’s communities.