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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.
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.
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?
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