The best and worst states to make a living in 2014

If you're looking for a job, it helps to know which states might be your best chance for success -- and which to avoid.

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Jun 9, 2014 7:42PM
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If you are good at lying you can probably do well in Los Angeles or New York  puking "ask your doctor" ads.  If you're good at lying and kissing babies, you can probably do well as a state senator where you can work two months of the year for a year's salary and hide about 90 % or your more than 50,000 annual salary as "expenses" where you pay no taxes on that amount.  And, as an added bonus, you can pass legislaton making "state officials" immune to many laws others are bound by.
Jun 9, 2014 11:48PM
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Anyone with skills and not into doing drugs can make it just about anywhere they want to.


This article is stupid.

Jun 16, 2014 7:09PM
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One of the things they never mention in these articles is the weather and how much you pay for heating and cooling, electricity and water.  That adds up to a bundle in some states.
Jun 10, 2014 12:23AM
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Washington State #1? "The state's unemployment rate and cost of living are ABOVE average, but only slightly, so this is not enough to undermine its positives." That don't sound like the #1 best place to earn a living, your idea of earning a living and mine differ greatly. You also forgot to say how much you get dicked for taxes in Washington State.
Jun 16, 2014 6:58PM
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it may be the number 1 state to make a living, but that's only if you can get a job.  i have over 20 yrs experience but don't have a degree, it seems they value a degree more than they value experience......
Jun 16, 2014 9:48PM
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Gee, 4 of the 5 best states are conservative and 4 of the 5 worst states are liberal!  How could this possibly be true when socialism is "paradise" and conservatism is "hell"!
Jun 10, 2014 12:39AM
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Not sure if all the snow and cold is worth it. 
Jun 9, 2014 8:34PM
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All the states would do better if King Obozo wasn't spreading his destroy America agendas. Jobs that's a joke with that looser in the White House.
Jun 10, 2014 11:58AM
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The costs are all relative.  If taxes & the cost of living is high, so is the average wage.  When you're working, it doesn't make much difference where you live if you have solid employment.
Jun 17, 2014 1:16AM
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I live in washington, I've lived here for 57 years. I think who ever wrote this article needs to put the crack pipe down.
Jun 16, 2014 9:05PM
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I find it fascinating that everyone wants to live in a low tax state with cheap housing, but then they complain about the bad roads, the poor police and fire protection, the lousy schools, the inadequate health care, etc. etc. 

If you want to live someplace where the roads are good, where the parks are well maintained, where the police come when you call them and the fire department gets there before your house burns to the ground, you might want to consider paying the taxes that provide those things.

It you want to live someplace where buildings aren't crumbling and the DMV office is staffed and the county clerk can actually find the deed to your house, you might want to consider paying taxes.  If you want to live someplace where there is decent water to drink, and flood prevention and they won't build a factory next door to your house where the chemicals from that factory will give you cancer or blow up, taking you and your house with it, then you might want to pay taxes and cover the cost of regulation and enforcement.  Or maybe Somalia sounds like a pleasant vacation spot to you? 

 

Jun 16, 2014 5:10PM
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Yes, Washington state is a great place to make a living as long as you stay away from those over priced coffee flavored milk shakes. They are the devil.........
Jun 16, 2014 5:32PM
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I'm not sure if I'd put Washington at number one, but I've lived their my entire life and it's been good to me. I realize there are plenty of other good spots as well though. I was able to go through good schools all my life, there are some rough areas, but for the most part it's a great place to raise families, and you can pick your field of jobs (manufacturing, ports, tech, agriculture, medical, etc. etc.) and do very well for yourself.

The sales tax can be a burden on prices at times, but I'd rather choose what I buy than have a flat rate guaranteed to come out of my income in taxes. I go to Oregon on occasion as well, so it's possible to buy items down their tax free if needed.  I feel the same about the gas tax. I live 5 miles from my work and would willingly move to stay close if I changed jobs, so while the gas tax is high, I don't use much gas. Real estate taxes are pretty high, but I'm not sure where they compare to other states.

Really it comes down to how you're career is going and whether you have enough to do what you want and survive on in retirement (perhaps pass some on to the kids). If you can do that, I'm pretty sure you can say the place you live is a good place for you to make a living.

Jun 16, 2014 5:03PM
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Hawaii, I have heard, is a tough place to make a living. Retire there, then.
Jun 16, 2014 5:50PM
Jun 9, 2014 10:31PM
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Best state is Washington State and the worst is Hawaii.  Now you know where are the Hawaiians live (in Washington State).
Jun 16, 2014 11:50PM
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Stay away from Washington.  Puget Sound is the backwater for Victoria, British Columbia's sewage.  They don't treat their waste water before they dump it into the Straits and it all ends up in our waterways.  Plus it does rain in Western Washington every day and Eastern Washington is either hot as hell or cold as ice--no in between.  Stay away!
Jun 10, 2014 12:10PM
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The real reason Washington ranks #1 is Boeings unions
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