This Is the State Where Your Money Is Worth the Least

It will cost you a pretty penny to be in these pricey states.

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The United States is a massive country, so it makes sense that the cost of living as well as the price of goods and services would differ depending on which area you're in. Even each state varies in how far your dollar will go. Every year, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) measures real personal income by state. And according to the most recent analysis, which is based on regional price estimates from 2018, certain states offer more bang for your buck while others are burning a hole in your wallet.

The report calculates the value of $100 compared to the average national prices across all 50 states. It proves that with the same amount of money, you could buy more in an affordable state that has lower-than-average prices and have to cut back on your budget in expensive states with higher-than-average prices, especially those with big metropolitan areas that come at a premium. Here, we've ranked every state from where your money stretches the farthest to where it's worth the least. And for more on how your home state affects your life, check out Here's How Long You're Likely to Live in Every State.

50
Arkansas

Little Rock is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arkansas.
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Cost equivalent of $100: $117.23

49
Mississippi

The downtown skyline of Jackson, Mississippi with the state house in the foreground
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Cost equivalent of $100: $116.28

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48
Alabama

huntsville alabama cityscape
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Cost equivalent of $100: $115.74

47
West Virginia

the high arched bridge in fayetteville west virginia
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Cost equivalent of $100: $113.90

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46
Kentucky

Lexington Kentucky
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Cost equivalent of $100: $113.90

45
South Dakota

overview of the badlands national park
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Cost equivalent of $100: $113.77

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44
Oklahoma

oklahoma city oklahoma
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Cost equivalent of $100: $113.12

43
Ohio

cincinnati ohio skyline
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Cost equivalent of $100: $113.12

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42
Missouri

Gateway Arch in St. Louis MO
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Cost equivalent of $100: $112.61

41
Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana
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Cost equivalent of $100: $112.23

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40
Iowa

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Cost equivalent of $100: $112.11

39
Indiana

The skyline of Indianapolis, Indiana from the White River
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Cost equivalent of $100: $111.98

38
Nebraska

The skyline of Omaha, Nebraska
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Cost equivalent of $100: $111.73

37
Tennessee

Nashville, Tennessee
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Cost equivalent of $100: $111.23

36
Kansas

Wichita, Kansas, USA downtown skyline at dusk.
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Cost equivalent of $100: $111.11

35
North Dakota

a farm house in medora north dakota
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Cost equivalent of $100: $110.38

34
South Carolina

pastel row of houses in charleston
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Cost equivalent of $100: $109.77

33
New Mexico

santa fe new mexico skyline
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Cost equivalent of $100: $109.77

32
North Carolina

skyline of downtown charlotte north carolina
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Cost equivalent of $100: $108.93

31
Wisconsin

overview of baraboo wilderness Wisconsin
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Cost equivalent of $100: $108.81

30
Michigan

sunset in lake michigan, most common street names
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Cost equivalent of $100: $108.23

29
Idaho

beautiful overview of the lake and city of coeur d' alene
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Cost equivalent of $100: $108.11

28
Wyoming

moulton barn at the grand teton national park in wyoming
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Cost equivalent of $100: $107.87

27
Georgia

Atlanta Georgia at sunset
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Cost equivalent of $100: $107.53

26
Montana

lake ellen wilson in montana
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Cost equivalent of $100: $107.18

25
Arizona

Tuscon skyline
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Cost equivalent of $100: $103.63

24
Utah

salt lake city utah from above
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Cost equivalent of $100: $103.52

23
Texas

austin texas skyline
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Cost equivalent of $100: $103.31

22
Nevada

las vegas strip
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Cost equivalent of $100: $102.56

21
Minnesota

downtown minneapolis minnesota
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Cost equivalent of $100: $102.56

20
Pennsylvania

downtown pittsburgh pennsylvania
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Cost equivalent of $100: $102.56

19
Illinois

chicago illinois
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Cost equivalent of $100: $101.94

18
Delaware

the circle in georgetown delaware
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Cost equivalent of $100: $101.21

17
Rhode Island

providence rhode island skyline
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Cost equivalent of $100: $100.70

16
Maine

Aerial view of Bar Harbor Maine
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Cost equivalent of $100: $100

15
Florida

miami florida from above
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Cost equivalent of $100: $99.40

14
Oregon

Three horses grazing in a central Oregon meadow near Sisters Oregon with the three sisters mountains in the background
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Cost equivalent of $100: $98.91

13
Colorado

Telluride, USA - August 14, 2019: Small town village in Colorado with sign for city and flowers by historic architecture on main street mountain view
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Cost equivalent of $100: $98.14

12
Virginia

aerial view of smith mountain lake in virginia
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Cost equivalent of $100: $98.04

11
Vermont

The skyline of Montpelier, Vermont in autumn with brick buildings and a church steeple
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Cost equivalent of $100: $97.09

10
Alaska

Multiple brown bear at McNeil River State Game Sanctuary fishing for salmon
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Cost equivalent of $100: $95.42

9
New Hampshire

Lake Sunapee is located within Sullivan County and Merrimack County in western New Hampshire, the United States. It is the fifth-largest lake located entirely in New Hampshire.
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Cost equivalent of $100: $94.34

8
Connecticut

lighthouse with a sailboat behind it
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Cost equivalent of $100: $94.25

7
Washington

Seattle, Washington
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Cost equivalent of $100: $92.76

6
Maryland

Maryland
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Cost equivalent of $100: $92.25

5
Massachusetts

Sailboats on the Charles River with Boston's Back Bay skyline in the background.
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Cost equivalent of $100: $91.16

4
New Jersey

People bike and walk in front of traditional villas in Cape May, New Jersey, USA, on a sunny summer day.
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Cost equivalent of $100: $86.81

3
California

los angeles california skyline
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Cost equivalent of $100: $86.66

2
New York

The skyline of New York City at sunset, with the Empire State Building and Midtown West in view
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Cost equivalent of $100: $85.91

1
Hawaii

hawaii coastline
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Cost equivalent of $100: $84.67

And for states where you may be feeling down in the dumps, These Are the Saddest States in the U.S.

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