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W.Va. Cost of Living Rated Lower Than Nation’s

November 28, 2008
By WAYNE SHEETS, Contributing Business Writer

Regardless of the occasional disparaging remark we hear about living in the Mountain State it is still one of the best places in the USA to live. Recent studies by the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics show that the cost of living for all five of the areas surveyed in a recent study was 54 percent lower than the most expensive area in the U.S, Manhattan, N.Y., and six percent more expensive than Pryor, Okla., which was the least expensive urban area. Those W.Va. areas included in the study were Charleston, Harrison County, Martinsburg-Berkeley, Morgantown and Vienna, along with 313 other urban areas in the nation. According to the ACCRA Cost of Living Index, Morgantown had the highest cost of living in the state with Martinsburg having the lowest.



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