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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 Greater Jefferson County. With an overall cost of living index below the national average, and well below that of Madison and Waukesha, our region provides affordable living, an ideal location and beautiful scenery.

Sample Cost of Living Comparisons

Watertown is 14.3% less expensive than Waukesha.
Watertown housing costs are 37.8% less than Waukesha housing costs for homeowners, and 27.5% less for renters.

Watertown is 15.8% less expensive than Madison.
Watertown housing costs are 50.3% less expensive than Madison housing costs for homeowners, and 33.6% less for renters.

2022 Cost of Living Index (source:

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