Advantage Valley is a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Residents have the option to live in urban or suburban communities, small towns or rural areas – all within short commutes to major destinations. In addition, cost of living in West Virginia is 14 percent below the national average, with affordable and safe housing options to meet every individual or family’s needs. Advantage Valley offers residents a high quality of life filled with history and culture, community activities and endless outdoor recreation.

History & Culture

Advantage Valley is home to the West Virginia Culture Center, the Heritage Farm Museum and Village, the Museum of Radio and Technology and the West Virginia State Museum. In addition, state, county and city-wide fairs and festivals held annually provide a wide array of cultural experiences for both residents and visitors alike.

Community Activities

The Arts

The Advantage Valley region has an active arts and music community, including

 Community Events

Local communities that are part of Advantage Valley offer a variety of events and activities, including 5K run/walks, outdoor entertainment, movie showings, festivals and much more. From Christmas parades to to free summer concerts, there's something for everyone.

Sports

Sports fans and enthusiasts can watch and support local college and university athletes, including the historic Marshall Thundering Herd, as well as visit Appalachian Power Park, home of the region’s minor league baseball team, the West Virginia Power.

Shopping

Advantage Valley is the retail hub of West Virginia and includes not only malls and major shopping centers, but also antique stores and boutique shops, including

Outdoor Recreation

West Virginia is known to both residents and visitors alike for its scenic beauty, mountain vistas and unique outdoor recreation opportunities. The region provides a wide array of activities, such as hiking, biking, rock climbing, fishing, hunting, golf, tennis, skiing, boating, etc. In addition, world-class whitewater rafting companies and one of the largest ATV trail systems in the nation are nearby.

Advantage Valley is home to a number of state parks and forests, including Kanawha State Forest and Beech Fork State Park. Local parks and recreation systems in the area also support playgrounds, parks and seasonal camps and outdoor activities.