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Residents of these 10 states have a much harder time making ends meet Associated Press

Not all states are created equal.

Recent research published by MoneyRates reveals the best and worst places for making a living in 2016. The site looked at five key factors to determine its rankings:

  • Median wages
  • State tax rates
  • Cost of living
  • Unemployment rates
  • Incidents of workplace illnesses, injuries and fatalities

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With high median wages, no state income tax and a relatively low cost of living, Wyoming took this year’s crown. The top 10 also includes:

  1. Wyoming
  2. Washington
  3. Virginia
  4. North Dakota
  5. Texas
  6. Ohio
  7. Michigan
  8. Colorado
  9. Illinois
  10. Minnesota

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But residents of the bottom 10 states won’t have such an easy time making a decent living.

41. Rhode Island

What’s bad about it: High cost of living, high unemployment rate

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42. South Carolina

What’s bad about it: Low median income, high unemployment rate, high income taxes

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43. Montana

What’s bad about it: Low median income, the nation’s fourth highest rate of work-related illnesses and injuries

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44. New York

What’s bad about it: The nation’s second highest cost of living, high income taxes

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45. Vermont

What’s bad about it: High cost of living, the nation’s second highest rate of work-related illnesses and injuries

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46. California

What’s bad about it: The nation’s third highest cost of living, high unemployment rate

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47. Maine

What’s bad about it: The nation’s highest rate of work-related illnesses and injuries, the nation’s fourth highest income tax rate, low median income

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48. West Virginia

What’s bad about it: The nation’s third lowest median income, high unemployment rate, more workplace incidents than average

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49. Oregon

What’s bad about it: High cost of living, low median income, the nation’s highest income taxes

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50. Hawaii

What’s bad about it: The nation’s highest cost of living (by far), relatively low median income, high income taxes

This is the sixth year in a row Hawaii has been named the country’s worst state to make a living.

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(H/T: CheatSheet)

Beth Sawicki About the author:
Beth Sawicki is a content editor at Rare. Email her at Beth@Rare.us.
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