Dorchester County offers a readily available, energetic workforce. County businesses draw their workforce from a five-county area of the mid-shore region, allowing for a more diverse labor pool, with a wide range of skills and educational levels. (See commuter map). Skilled and semi-skilled craftsman in manufacturing, and general business professionals and para-professionals working in Information Technology, Government Service, and various private industry sectors are within a 35 minute drive to Cambridge (the most densely populated city in Dorchester County), making up a quality labor-pool for firms locating operations to Dorchester County. County businesses enjoy a lower operating cost due to the moderate cost of living index (84.1) in Dorchester County, which is less than the U.S. average (100).