Forbes: Washington No. 1 state to make a living

Forbes: Washington No. 1 state to make a living

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View of the Space Needle and Olympic Mountain range at sunset in Seattle.


by KING 5 News

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Washington topped the list as America's best state to make a living in 2014, according to Forbes Magazine.

Washington took second place for two consecutive years before taking the number one spot this year.

"Though the 'Evergreen State' received slightly below-average marks for cost of living and unemployment, strong performance with regard to wages, state taxes, and work environment kept Washington on top once again," Forbes said.

Here is a rundown of the winners and losers.

The top 10 states to make a living:

1. Washington

2. Texas

3. Minnesota

4. Colorado

5. Utah

6. North Dakota

7. Virginia

8. Nevada

9. Oklahoma

10. Nebraska

The bottom 10 states to make a living:

1. Hawaii

2. New York

3. Mississippi

4. Rhode Island

5. Connecticut

6. Alaska

7. Alabama

8. Arkansas

9. New Jersey

10. South Carolina


To determine the Best And Worst States to Make a Living, personal finance site used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, C2ER, and the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index to examine average salary, cost of living, employment rate, and workplace conditions for each state and generating the 50-slot ranking.