Cost of Living

Access to amenities, for less.

The Winchester MSA's cost of living is 40% less* than the Washington, D.C. metro area. In Frederick County, you don't have to choose just one lifestyle! Enjoy it all: access to big-city amenities, a bustling downtown, and a rural landscape that lets you get away from it all.

  • Numerous national and local homebuilders
  • A mix of independent and chain retail stores and restaurants
  • Camping, kayaking, biking, skiing - an outdoor enthusiast's dream
  • Equestrian, polo, wineries, breweries & professional sports teams 



Average Price

Metro Area

% of National Avg.

 Half Gallon of Milk

Monthly Apartment Rent

Gallon of Gasoline

 Movie Ticket

  Winchester  97.4   $1.87   $998   $2.49   $9.65  
  Washington, D.C. 162.6   $2.49   $2,808   $2.57   $14.17  

*  If you live in Washington, D.C., and are contemplating a move to Winchester-Frederick County, you can sustain a decrease of 39.30% in after-taxes income and still maintain your current lifestyle.
100* [(97.4 - 162.6) / 162.6] =  - 40.1% 
Source: Council for Community and Economic Research Cost of Living Index | 2018 Annual Average | Updated: April 2019

Frederick County's proximity means you can enjoy the type of lifestyle you crave. Love connecting with nature? How about day-tripping in the big city? Are you a fan of long weekends at the beach? Choose how you want to spend your days ... without breaking the bank!

Our community is attracting millenials AND boomers!

  • Washingtonian magazine lists Winchester as one of Washington D.C.'s fastest growing suburbs!
  • Kiplinger named Winchester to its 2015 list of "10 Great Places to Retire."
  • Winchester MSA is No. 11 on Forbes' 2018 list of "Best Small Places for Business & Careers."

Your Move. Our Commitment.

Frederick County
Economic Development Authority
45 E. Boscawen St.
Winchester, VA 22601

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