West Virginia is truly Wild and Wonderful and Almost Heaven. Our temperate weather and incredibly diverse natural beauty make West Virginia one of the best states for outdoor living. Located in the Appalachian region, and bordered by Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, we have a wide range of recreational fun, including fishing, hiking, skiing, backpacking, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, and hunting.
From its earliest beginnings, our Mountain State history, economy, lifestyle, and, in recent decades, tourism, have been shaped by our rugged mountain terrain, lush river valleys, wildlife, and abundant natural resources. Our exuberant and eclectic Appalachian heritage, so unmistakable in our arts and culture, is a melding of our salt-of-the-earth Scotch-Irish, German, Welch, English, and Italian forefathers.
Business and commerce are expanding here, as West Virginia positions itself as a new economic frontier. West Virginia's High Technology Corridor, a 73-mile stretch along Interstate 79, is home to employers such as the FBI's one-of-a-kind National Crime Information Center, NASA's IV&V Facility, the world's largest generic drug company, Mylan Pharmaceuticals, West Virginia University, Monongalia General Hospital, and the world's largest cluster of biometric and identity security firms, whose specialized skills protect our nation's security at home and abroad.
West Virginia is strategically located just an 8- hour drive to more than half the US population, and more than 1/3 of the Canadian market. The cost of doing business in West Virginia is nearly 14% lower than the US average and we rank 12th best in the economic climate category. Our skilled workers are among the most productive in the US, with turn-over rates among the lowest in the country. With a cost of living 14% lower than the national average, one of the lowest crime rates in the country, and low property taxes, it's no wonder that, since 2005, more than $22 billion dollars have been invested in new business in West Virginia.
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