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Old 09-06-2015, 06:12 PM   #1
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Best and Worst States to Make a Living?

Found this article at Business Insider to be interesting. Ranks the ten best and ten worst States in the US to make a living. Of course, it's an economic study, and doesn't take into account other factors:

The Best and Worst States for Making a Living in 2015
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Imagine that was done prior to the oil collapse which would definitely move several of the top states near the bottom currently.
Arizona didn't make either of the lists. Good to be in the middle somewhere, I guess.
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Vancouver tops quality of living ranking for North America - British Columbia - CBC News

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Couldn't agree more. That's why I mentioned it was merely an economic measure, and didn't mention other factors. Besides, it's only a study of the US. What I found most interesting was that Washington ranked so high. The overall cost of living index is reasonable, no State Income tax, and the beauty of the PNW goes without saying.
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What I found most interesting was that Washington ranked so high. The overall cost of living index is reasonable, no State Income tax, and the beauty of the PNW goes without saying.
Yah, so my sister in WA keeps reminding me; no state income tax and she can deduct her mortgage costs

I tell her she can't leave her house and be skiing 15 minutes later and then go kayaking later.

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Washington is the most beautiful state I've lived in without a doubt. However, sales taxes on the left side hover at or near 10% and my real estate taxes will exceed $5,000 this year. The trick is to live just across the river from Oregon. Shop there and live here (not that I'd personally ever try to avoid paying my fair share of taxes mind you).
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We love living in Washington, too. There is (at least) one 'gotcha' on taxes -- if you're self-employed, you DO pay income taxes -- under another name. The Business and Occupation (B&O) tax rate is, depending on your profession, just as costly as income taxes in many states. I have hit upon a solution: retirement! Any day now.
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