COST OF
LIVING

WAGE RATERS

The federal government reports wages at the metropolitan level. Washington County, Ohio, and Wood County, West Virginia, comprise the Parkersburg-Marietta Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). The 2010 Census showed the following population in the MSA:

Washington County, OH

61,778

Population Estimate as of July 2015 is 61,112

Wood County, W.V.

86,956

Population estimate as of July 2015 is 86,452

Parkersburg-Marietta MSA

148,734

Population estimate as of July 2015 is 147,564

Wages will vary by occupation and skill level.  On average, wage rates here are about 18% less than the national average.  To learn about wage estimates in the Parkersburg-Marietta MSA, visit to the U.S. Bureau of Labor’s annual report of Occupational Employment and Wages.

COST OF LIVING

Sperling’s Best Places ranks Washington County's cost of living at 13% less than the national average. Our cost of living indices are based on a US average of 100. An amount below 100 means Washington County, Ohio is cheaper than the US average. A cost of living index above 100 means Washington County is more expensive. Overall, Washington County, Ohio cost of living is 86.60. 

Source: Best Places

COST OF LIVING Washington, Ohio United States
  Overall   87 100
  Grocery   97.3 100
  Health   97 100
  Housing   64 100
  Utilities   99 100
  Transportation   100 100
  Miscellaneous   95 100

HOW FAR CAN MY DOLLAR GO?

A competitive consumer price index makes Washington County an attractive place to invest and reside. According to Sperling’s Best Places, this area scores an 87, with 100 being the national average. That is significantly lower than most major cities in the country.

Why? Nestled away from the break-neck pace of major metropolitan areas, southeastern Ohio is a place where people come to escape the rigors of big-city life. A movie ticket still costs less than $10, a gourmet cup of coffee will only run you about $2, an incredible dinner for two at one of the area’s finest restaurants will come in significantly under $100, hotel rooms range from $40 to $165 and a handshake from a local mayor is free.