Cost of Living

Living and working in Cumberland can be very affordable. The cost of living in Cumberland, Maryland is less than both the national average and the state average. Our region offers many appealing family-friendly attractions, good weather, easy access to amenities, and quality healthcare.

  • Allegany County has the lowest housing costs in the state of Maryland.
  • Allegany County has the lowest percentage of residents that commute outside their respective county in the state of Maryland.
  • Since 2008, the County’s annual unemployment rate has been below that for the country.
  • For public schools, Allegany County ranks 3rd for having state certified Advanced Professionals for teachers, out of 23 Maryland counties. The adjacent county of Garrett ranks 1st.
  • The top employers include Western Maryland Health System, Frostburg State University, CSX Transportation, NewPage, and Allegany College of Maryland.