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Best United States places to make a living: Top 10 states

Seattle, Washington skyline
Seattle, Washington skyline

There is now a list giving people the best places to make a living in the United States. The list, “The Best United States’ States to Make a Living,” was created by the web site which used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Gallup-Health ways Well-Being Index, and C2ER. The data was used to analyze average salary, the cost of living, the employment rate, and conditions in the workplace for all 50 states in the country, according to Forbes on Monday. Crunching the data from all sources, the states were ranked in order.

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This year’s list of the United States’ best states to make a living is topped with Washington state for the second year in a row. It was strong the two years prior to this and last year, too, as it was number two on the list two and three years ago. The strengths of Washington state are its wages, state taxes, and the work environment. Its weaker areas, where it scores below average in comparison to the other states, are the state’s cost of living and unemployment.

Texas which has scored extremely well on many charts, including “Best United States Places to Live in 2014,” comes in at number on the list this year. Texas is strong with its state tax, cost of living, and unemployment metrics. Following in third place with a high work environment score – but a low unemployment score – is Minnesota.

The report says that most states have stayed in the same place on the list for a number of years. In fact, 8 of the top 10 on 2014’s list were in the top 10 last year. The survey’s author says that the rankings will hopefully help persons struggling to find employment or to pay their bills – and possibly even give them an idea as to where to head to better their employment and financial situations if they are open to making a move, according to

The Best States to Make a Living in 2014

  1. Washington
  2. Texas
  3. Minnesota
  4. Colorado
  5. Utah
  6. North Dakota
  7. Virginia
  8. Nevada
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Nebraska

As for the state that is designated as the worst state to make a living, Hawaii is named as the worst. New York state comes in as the second worst. Mississippi is labeled the third worst state to make a living.

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