Thanks to its astronomically high cost of living, including one of the highest state income taxes, Hawaii is the worst state in the country to make a living in.
The ranking, put together annually by MoneyRates.com, says that Hawaii has the 10th-highest median wage nationwide. However, that’s not enough to make up for living expenses that are two-thirds higher than in the rest of the nation. The high cost of living is compounded by one of the highest state tax income burdens in the nation.
California took the no. 2 spot for worst states to make a living, while Montana rounded out the top three. Meanwhile, Washington was named the best state to make a living, followed by Minnesota and Illinois.
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