The Business Insider lists the best and worst states to make a living. The summary of their findings:

Not all states are created equal when it comes to making a living. While your income might be greater in places like New York or California, high tax rates and cost of living can greatly affect your lifestyle.

Of the top ten best states, all but three have costs of living below the national average. Of the ten worst states, nine have costs above the average — most with costs FAR above average.

It’s been an on-going debate about whether or not higher-paying cities/states cover the higher costs often associated with living in those states. The data is mixed for sure but more often than not the facts fall into the lower cost markets being a better option financially.

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But why settle for either high costs/high income or low costs/low income? My suggestion would be to have a high income in a low cost area. That’s how you can really become wealthy.

Now that’s better, isn’t it? 🙂

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