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Top States to Make a Living
If you are on the job hunting or looking for a new place to relocate, MoneyRates.com breaks where in the U.S. is the best place to make a living.

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Looking for a change of pace and new state to call home? Check out MoneyRates’ list of the best U.S. states to make a living.

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Virginia $43,677

The Old Dominion State improved to the top of the list this year thanks to its adjusted average income figure increasing by $2,557.

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Washington $43,662

Washington held onto the second spot in 2012 for the second  year in a row, as its  adjusted average income figure jumped by $2,206.

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Texas $42,816

Texans continues to rank among the nation’s top earners thanks to the state’s lack of income tax

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Illinois $41,865

The state took a hit in the rankings falling from the top spot last year as its adjusted average income figure dropped and its state income tax rate rose.

Denver

Colorado $40,490

Higher average incomes and lower taxes helped boost the Centennial State into the fifth spot in 2012 from ninth last year.

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Michigan $40,421

A restoration of the auto industry, which improved the state’s unemployment rate, helped push Michigan into the top 10 this year.

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Wyoming $39,745

No state income tax and an unemployment well below the national average helped Wyoming crack the top 10 in 2012.

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Utah $39,250

Cheap living in Utah helps its resident keep more of their hard-earned dollars in their pocket.

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Delaware $38,802

The First State nearly dropped out of the list from 2011 as the cost of living increased cost increased faster than the national average.

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Massachusetts $38,793

Massachusetts rounds out the list after falling form sixth in 2011.

Top States to Make a Living

If you are on the job hunting or looking for a new place to relocate, MoneyRates.com breaks where in the U.S. is the best place to make a living.

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