10 states with the lowest average income

Here are the states where you're likely to take home less pay once taxes, car payments and other factors are counted.

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Dec 2, 2013 8:27PM
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How about doing something more meaningful?  How about 10 states where there is the most positive correlation between average income and cost of living?  Those are the places that are doing it right!!  Those are also the places where the average family can have a decent life.
Dec 3, 2013 12:26AM
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I'm not dem or rep but I find it funny how I'm mostly seeing just dems here slamming the rep states based on their viewing of only the per capita site without using the cost of living comparison site as reference, so I have taken the time to do this for them. Using my home state of AL as reference I compared my income here to the income I would need to make in those "better than the rest" states. To move from Huntsville, AL to the following listed places would cost me the shown amount +/- Hartford, CT - +33.06% Boston, MA - +50.22% Newark, NJ - +39.23% Queens, NY - +59.22% Brooklyn, NY - +91.69% Manhattan, NY - +141.94% Baltimore, MD - +24.82% you get the picture... So no wonder industry is moving their factories here to the southern states. Why pay the high cost of labor which is driven by the north states high cost of living when you will not make any more revenue from your product base on where it is manufactured. Eventually there will be a point where there will not be enough high paying jobs to support the cost of living in those states and people will have to move or become impoverished as some are here in the south and then the tables will be turned... Also, raising minimum wage will do nothing but effectively give everyone a pay cut because the rise in cost of goods and services. Minimum wage hike is not the answer, what is needed is some type of reform to bring wall street and executives/ceo's back down to a level more in line with the company's workers. Also workers need to take a stand against the corporation if they feel they are being ill treated and not the government trying to "help" by raising minimum wage. If workers would stand together and essentially "shutdown" a business then better wages would be gleaned. This was the original purpose of a union, but now unions are just another business whose sole intent is to make profits and not represent the people who are actually paying them. Got off on a tangent... rant done
Dec 2, 2013 8:38PM
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All states that reject minimum standards for education, wages, health care, nutrition, personal freedoms, and women's rights!!!!

You get what you vote for!!!!!!
Dec 3, 2013 12:29AM
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This data isn't very meaningful. Median income would be a better indicator of economic health than average income. Cost of living adjusted median income would give an even more meaningful picture of what it's like for the typical person in each state. Utah for instance is the fifth on this list but second highest COLI adjusted median income and with one of the lowest percentages of people on welfare. Compare that to California which has a relatively high per capita and median household income but the COLI is so high you're worse off making average wages than in places like Utah. California also has twice the percentage of people on welfare as Utah does. 
Dec 2, 2013 8:33PM
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Oh shizel, I knew MS. would be in there somewhere near the top. And I didn't even read the article.
Dec 2, 2013 11:50PM
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This is nothing new.  Mississppi has been the poorest for many years AND yes back when it was a Democratic state.  The other states are no different.  This list has to do with proxmity to major population centers, natural resources, education, and access to infrastructue.  Their conversative views DO NOT impact their  rankings.  I would argue Texas has the best economy in the nation and I am a Yankee.  Texas is a conversative.  I wish Illinois (rich state -based on this survey) would take some lessons from these states.  We are more concerned about gay marriage then creating jobs and supporting education.    

Dec 2, 2013 11:26PM
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Since it has become starvation for retirees,  these 10 states with lowest cost of living is very important for those who have retired. 


 Retirement is no longer a relax and play golf time of your life, retirees must work today.

Dec 2, 2013 9:16PM
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Why did they not show some mobile homes with a couple of cars up on blocks for the photos of Mississippi and Alabama. That would be a truer representation of life here in the deep south. Although those shacks shown are everywhere here, they didn't capture the people always sitting outside drinking hooch.
Dec 3, 2013 1:14AM
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How come we always get to see what the median per capita income is on these states, but not once do we get to see what the median per capita cost of living is in those states?  Or, how about household income vs household cost of living?  Cost per adult male or female?  Cost per child?  I guess this piece-meal, limited view of life in America makes for good copy - Huh?  I can't speak for others, but where I am, I can learn to be happy/satisfied.  I don't need high-powered financial analysts and stock brokers telling me I need X amount of money to retire, or live on, or anything else.  I enjoy working.  I enjoy playing. I enjoy my family.  I like where I live.  I like how I live.  And, I don't need or want anyone to tell me what's good for me or what I should want.  I'm an American - always have been, always will be!!!!
Dec 2, 2013 8:23PM
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Pretty obvious. They are all states that vote,......
Dec 2, 2013 8:30PM
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Yup just waiting for our Senators Mike Lee, and Orrin Hatch to do something about the Minimum Wage in Utah. Still Waiting....
Dec 2, 2013 8:55PM
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all republican states are always the lowest pay.
Dec 3, 2013 2:45AM
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Why is it always a political argument?  Many of the southern states have always been low-wage, since I was a kid 60-years ago?  Texas?  Well, they are 'infested' with illegals who work cheap, so this drives down wages for everyone else, who IS legal? 


Put yourself in an employer's shoes...  Pay a citizen $15 an hour, plus SS and taxes, benefits and insurance, or pay an illegal $6 an hour (under the table).  Yes, when it comes down to putting more money in YOUR pocket, who will YOU hire?

Dec 2, 2013 8:49PM
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Republican states that have low taxes and no jobs. Wages are shitty but the view is real nice.
Dec 2, 2013 10:14PM
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I just read an MSN article on the "Best States for Business"...they were all Southern states, pretty much the same states as in this article about the poorest.  How can that be??..could it be the rich get richer when the poor get poorer?..Where are you Ted Curz, Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck...etc, etc..?
Dec 2, 2013 10:02PM
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I'm not skipping through 12 pages to see a one page article, screw MSN!
Dec 2, 2013 8:57PM
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The info speaks for itself............
Dec 2, 2013 10:17PM
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I just finished reading an internet article on states that have the most smokers.  How about that, many of them (but not all) are listed in this article as well!
Dec 2, 2013 11:26PM
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The right bashes Obama because the jobs created are mostly low pay and/or part time yet the state with the most jobs at or below minimum wage is Texas, by far. Texas Governor Perry ran for President on the Texas miracle theme and the right cheered despite most of the jobs being created being very low pay and/or part time. A much larger percentage of jobs created in Texas are low pay with no benefits. Blue states are enacting higher minimum wages forcing employers to share the wealth and the red states are luring business by offering them tax free plans for years and promises to keep wages low. The mantra that what's good for business is good for America is hooey. If corporations are people too they should be treated as such.
Dec 3, 2013 2:46AM
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Every one misses the point, Utah has the lowest average age. By far. That means lots and lots of children. Children don't work. Per capita income is low, average wage is not. Low taxes, unemployment and housing costs are what count. Check the facts before you open your mouth liberals. Utah is one of the best run states and ranks near the top in quality of life and health. 

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