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Old 11-20-2012, 10:19 AM
 
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Hello,
I am thinking of moving from my current state of md to wv. I have lived in md all my life and I'm willing to try something new. I have heard that wv is cheaper but has worse schools. Is this the case in the counties I'm thinking of? Is there much difference between the two states? And is there any cost benefit of making the move? If I continue to work in md would I get a tax break on income tax from md since I live in wv? Does wv have personal property tax on cars? Is col any cheaper? I've seen they have some high gas prices. Is this true for other costs? Any info would be appreciated!
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Old 11-20-2012, 10:37 AM
 
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Hello,
I am thinking of moving from my current state of md to wv. I have lived in md all my life and I'm willing to try something new. I have heard that wv is cheaper but has worse schools. Is this the case in the counties I'm thinking of? Is there much difference between the two states? And is there any cost benefit of making the move? If I continue to work in md would I get a tax break on income tax from md since I live in wv? Does wv have personal property tax on cars? Is col any cheaper? I've seen they have some high gas prices. Is this true for other costs? Any info would be appreciated!
There are big differences between MD and WV. WV is much cheaper.
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:24 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Moving then commuting to work does that even make sence? cripe No Housing Tax is just as high
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Old 11-20-2012, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Leesburg, VA
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Please check out this thread: //www.city-data.com/forum/west-...rles-town.html. It was from earlier this month concerning someone who was thinking about moving to Charles Town WV from Winchester VA. It answers some of your questions about moving to WV.
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Old 11-22-2012, 01:37 AM
 
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Hello,
I am thinking of moving from my current state of md to wv. I have lived in md all my life and I'm willing to try something new. I have heard that wv is cheaper but has worse schools. Is this the case in the counties I'm thinking of? Is there much difference between the two states? And is there any cost benefit of making the move? If I continue to work in md would I get a tax break on income tax from md since I live in wv? Does wv have personal property tax on cars? Is col any cheaper? I've seen they have some high gas prices. Is this true for other costs? Any info would be appreciated!
I'll just speak of my situation, moving from PG Co. MD to Jefferson Co. WV:

I'd say WV is a bit cheaper, but not that much, less than I expected when I moved out here. Definitely lower real estate taxes, but some other taxes (like vehicle personal property tax) somewhat offset that. Overall, I'll pull a number out of my @ss and say Jeff Co. 5% is cheaper than PG Co.
Of course, if you're coming instead from somewhere like Bethesda... yeah, WV will be MUCH cheaper.
Though as someone else mentioned, if you just added a long commute, there goes your cost savings.

Jeff Co. seems like a lot of MD burbs I've been to. Biggest difference between the two areas is the reason I moved out here -- LESS TRAFFIC. I lived in the DC area for 45 years, finally couldn't take it any more, even in some little town it'd take 15 mins to go 2 miles to a store. Things are a bit more slow and casual out here, which I love.

Gas prices generally seem a bit higher out here, but that's just a casual observation.

Schools are definitely better out here than in PG Co. (generally speaking). Probably comparable to Montgomery/Howard Co., I'd guess.
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Eastern WV Panhandle
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Jefferson and Berkeley Counties are still considered part of the "DC Metro" region, and as such the cost of living is considerably higher there than in most of the rest of WV, though a bit lower than you would find in MD or VA. For instance, the real-estate taxes on my SFH on half an acre in Berkeley County are lower than they were on my two-level TH in eastern Loudoun County.

Some things are higher. Gasoline state taxes in WV are higher than MD or VA by about a quarter, so many commuters fill up in MD or VA. There are tech jobs locally (IRS, ATF, Coast Guard, VA, DHS are all here), you just have to know where to look. Commuting to Frederick, Hagerstown, and Winchester is a breeze compared to fighting northern VA traffic.

Like any area, some schools in the two counties are great, others not so much. I've had two school principles in Berkeley advise me that while the elementary (grades K-2) and intermediate (grades 3-5) schools are fine, home-schooling or private school is the way to go through middle and high school for kids who are academically inclined.

Gun laws in WV vs MD - concealed carry permits are shall-issue, open carry is legal (and practiced, so don't freak out), hearing rifle fire in mid-late November is normal (deer season), no waiting periods, no "approved lists", etc.
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