Best Value States to Live In

Best paces to live after college

Have you ever wondered what the best value state is to live in?

To help you find the best value state, we have scoured the data to compare salaries and cost of living. It turns out that the top 5 best value states include Georgia, Idaho, Texas, Virginia, and Illinois. Some of these states offer great salaries, while others rank high due to their cheap cost of living. Whatever the reason, these are places you should consider if you want a high quality of life. See the infographic below for the full details!

For those interested, the full data for each of the states is listed in the table below

Ranking of US States by Value (Salary Adjusted by Cost of Living)

Rank State Avg Salary Cost of Living Adjusted Salary
1 Georgia 76,580 91.8 83,420
2 Virginia 78,640 94.6 83,129
3 Texas 75,210 92.6 81,220
4 Idaho 68,070 89.3 76,226
5 Illinois 73,390 96.6 75,973
6 Missouri 69,160 91.6 75,502
7 Michigan 68,460 91.2 75,066
8 Indiana 65,890 88.1 74,790
9 North Carolina 71,200 95.6 74,477
10 Utah 68,780 92.4 74,437
11 Ohio 68,360 92.1 74,224
12 Colorado 74,020 100.7 73,505
13 Alabama 65,960 89.9 73,370
14 Tennessee 65,630 90.5 72,519
15 Delaware 74,280 103 72,117
16 Kansas 64,590 90 71,767
17 Nebraska 65,820 92.8 70,927
18 Wyoming 64,730 91.8 70,512
19 Oklahoma 63,720 90.5 70,409
20 Kentucky 61,970 89.1 69,551
21 Wisconsin 67,100 97.4 68,891
22 Pennsylvania 70,120 102.9 68,144
23 Washington 72,950 107.1 68,114
24 Arkansas 62,160 91.5 67,934
25 Iowa 62,420 91.9 67,922
26 Florida 68,060 100.6 67,654
27 Louisiana 62,990 93.3 67,513
28 Maryland 80,360 120.1 66,911
29 New York 89,850 134.3 66,902
30 Mississippi 56,030 84.3 66,465
31 Minnesota 68,660 103.4 66,402
32 New Jersey 84,160 127.4 66,060
33 Arizona 64,440 98.6 65,355
34 Rhode Island 77,180 122.3 63,107
35 South Dakota 60,000 97.7 61,412
36 District of Columbia 90,220 147.6 61,125
37 South Carolina 59,240 97.3 60,884
38 Montana 61,100 102 59,902
39 Nevada 63,260 107.2 59,011
40 Alaska 78,480 133 59,008
41 California 78,090 133.7 58,407
42 New Hampshire 68,250 117.2 58,234
43 Connecticut 77,020 132.7 58,041
44 West Virginia 59,520 103.7 57,396
45 Massachusetts 80,030 140 57,164
46 Vermont 70,420 123.3 57,113
47 North Dakota 56,230 102 55,127
48 Maine 61,530 114.3 53,832
49 Oregon 65,820 130.5 50,437
50 Hawaii 59,810 166.9 35,836
Data Not Available New Mexico 61,880 NA Data Not Available