Cost of Living

Access to amenities, for less.

The Winchester MSA's cost of living is 39% 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  96.8   $1.84   $985   $2.59   $9.65  
  Washington, D.C. 161   $2.99   $2,875   $2.48   $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* [(96.8 - 161) / 161] =  - 39.9% 
Source: Council for Community and Economic Research Cost of Living Index | 3Q 2018 | Updated: October 2018

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. 13 on Forbes' 2017 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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