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Cost of Living
Affordable Living, High Quality of Life

From healthcare costs, to housing and utilities, your dollar goes further in Jefferson and Dodge counties. With an overall cost of living index below the national average, and well below that of Madison and Waukesha, our two-county region provides affordable living, an ideal location and beautiful scenery.

Sample Cost of Living Comparisons

Watertown is 20.4% less expensive than Waukesha.
Watertown housing costs are 34.9% less than Waukesha housing costs.

Watertown is 21.3% less expensive than Madison.
Watertown housing costs are 55.9% less expensive than Madison housing costs.

Beaver Dam is 28.5% less expensive than Madison.
Beaver Dam housing costs are 89.2% less expensive than Madison housing costs.

Beaver Dam is 27.6% less expensive than Waukesha.
Beaver Dam housing costs are 63.7% less expensive than Waukesha housing costs.

Cost of Living Index

Source: Sperling's Best Places, 2019
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