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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 10.2% less expensive than Waukesha.
Watertown housing costs are 35.2% less than Waukesha housing costs.
Health related expenses are 10.2% more in Waukesha.

Watertown is 19.3% less expensive than Madison.
Watertown housing costs are 48.0% less than Madison housing costs.
Health related expenses are 18.3% more in Madison.

Beaver Dam is 25.4% less expensive than Madison.
Beaver Dam housing costs are 77.8% less than Madison housing costs.
Health related expenses are 17.2% more in Madison.

Beaver Dam is 15.9% less expensive than Waukesha.
Beaver Dam housing costs are 62.4% less than Waukesha housing costs.
Health related expenses are 9.1% more in Waukesha.

Cost of Living Index

Source: Sperling's Best Places
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