There’s a 98% chance that the state you live in isn’t the best state to make a living in, according to Forbes. Using data pulled from the Bureau of Labor, C2ER, and the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, a comprehensive list was created based on the following key factors: average salary, cost of living, employment rate, and workplace conditions.
Sitting atop the pole at the coveted number one spot is Washington state. Coincidence that they just won the Super Bowl? Seems fishy to the Nard Dawg. Conspiracy theories aside, strong performance with regard to wages, state taxes, and work environment helped make up some below-average marks in cost of living and unemployment.
The number two spot was secured by Texas, which is a good time to remind people from Texas that it’s not as great as you keep telling people. Following Texas as the third best state to make a living in is Minnesota.
As a resident of LA, I would bet however many pennies I have leftover from filling up on gas that California would be a lock for number 50. However, with a cost of living 157% at the national average, those islanders in Hawaii win this prestigious honor. Although I’m considering calling in a stern complaint that number of Hawaiian shirts to residents wasn’t a factor taken into consideration.
The region with the highest cost of living was the North East, countering their southern compadres as the cheapest place to live.
Historical figures show that the rankings rarely change, citing eight of the top ten reappeared in this year’s top ten. From this we can reasonable conclude, reading this article again next year will be a waste of your time.