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Quality of Life

West Virginia Living at Its Best

Opportunities for a thriving, happy life abound in the Mountain State. What makes West Virginia truly unique is its gorgeous landscape, authentic hospitality, colorful culture and dynamic heritage.

Top-ranked universities, fulfilling careers, award-winning health institutions, thriving arts communities and ample outdoor recreation activities are just a few elements that draw people to the Mountain State. We invite you to discover why West Virginia is called “Almost Heaven.”

Cost of Living

Cost of living in West Virginia is 12% below the national average. West Virginia residents enjoy a variety of affordable and safe housing options to meet every individual or family’s needs.


Highest homeownership rate in the nation
of 78.2% in 2020, 12.8% higher than the U.S. average


Our workforce and residents have access to top-ranked universities, training programs and more to fully develop their knowledge and career paths. West Virginia 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. Additionally, the West Virginia Legislature just passed free community and technical college for all residents.


The people of West Virginia take great pride in the state’s rugged beauty, close-knit communities, and rich culture of hard work and determination. Here, you’ll find a people with grit and a natural hard work ethic. West Virginia fueled the industrial age, and we continue to carry that pride with us as we introduce new industries and opportunities.

Outdoor Recreation

Excitement and opportunity can always be found in the majestic mountains of West Virginia. All four seasons offer ample outdoor recreational opportunities. Residents and visitors alike can enjoy hiking, biking, rock climbing, fishing, hunting, golfing, skiing, boating and so much more. We are home to world-class whitewater rafting companies and one of the largest ATV trail systems in the country. With over 40 state parks and forests to discover and explore, outdoor enthusiasts are sure to find ample diversion from the grind of the work week.

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