This Is the State Where Your Money Is Worth the Least

Chelsea Bengier
·4 mins read

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.
Little Rock is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arkansas.

Cost equivalent of $100: $117.23

49

Mississippi

The downtown skyline of Jackson, Mississippi with the state house in the foreground
The downtown skyline of Jackson, Mississippi with the state house in the foreground

Cost equivalent of $100: $116.28

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48

Alabama

huntsville alabama cityscape
huntsville alabama cityscape

Cost equivalent of $100: $115.74

47

West Virginia

the high arched bridge in fayetteville west virginia
the high arched bridge in fayetteville west virginia

Cost equivalent of $100: $113.90

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46

Kentucky

Lexington Kentucky
Lexington Kentucky

Cost equivalent of $100: $113.90

45

South Dakota

overview of the badlands national park
overview of the badlands national park

Cost equivalent of $100: $113.77

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44

Oklahoma

oklahoma city oklahoma
oklahoma city oklahoma

Cost equivalent of $100: $113.12

43

Ohio

cincinnati ohio skyline
cincinnati ohio skyline

Cost equivalent of $100: $113.12

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42

Missouri

Gateway Arch in St. Louis MO
Gateway Arch in St. Louis MO

Cost equivalent of $100: $112.61

41

Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana

Cost equivalent of $100: $112.23

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40

Iowa

Cost equivalent of $100: $112.11

39

Indiana

The skyline of Indianapolis, Indiana from the White River
The skyline of Indianapolis, Indiana from the White River

Cost equivalent of $100: $111.98

38

Nebraska

The skyline of Omaha, Nebraska
The skyline of Omaha, Nebraska

Cost equivalent of $100: $111.73

37

Tennessee

Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee

Cost equivalent of $100: $111.23

36

Kansas

Wichita, Kansas, USA downtown skyline at dusk.
Wichita, Kansas, USA downtown skyline at dusk.

Cost equivalent of $100: $111.11

35

North Dakota

a farm house in medora north dakota
a farm house in medora north dakota

Cost equivalent of $100: $110.38

34

South Carolina

pastel row of houses in charleston
pastel row of houses in charleston

Cost equivalent of $100: $109.77

33

New Mexico

santa fe new mexico skyline
santa fe new mexico skyline

Cost equivalent of $100: $109.77

32

North Carolina

skyline of downtown charlotte north carolina
skyline of downtown charlotte north carolina

Cost equivalent of $100: $108.93

31

Wisconsin

overview of baraboo wilderness Wisconsin
overview of baraboo wilderness Wisconsin

Cost equivalent of $100: $108.81

30

Michigan

sunset in lake michigan, most common street names
sunset in lake michigan, most common street names

Cost equivalent of $100: $108.23

29

Idaho

beautiful overview of the lake and city of coeur d' alene
beautiful overview of the lake and city of coeur d' alene

Cost equivalent of $100: $108.11

28

Wyoming

moulton barn at the grand teton national park in wyoming
moulton barn at the grand teton national park in wyoming

Cost equivalent of $100: $107.87

27

Georgia

Atlanta Georgia at sunset
Atlanta Georgia at sunset

Cost equivalent of $100: $107.53

26

Montana

lake ellen wilson in montana
lake ellen wilson in montana

Cost equivalent of $100: $107.18

25

Arizona

Tuscon skyline
Tuscon skyline

Cost equivalent of $100: $103.63

24

Utah

salt lake city utah from above
salt lake city utah from above

Cost equivalent of $100: $103.52

23

Texas

austin texas skyline
austin texas skyline

Cost equivalent of $100: $103.31

22

Nevada

las vegas strip
las vegas strip

Cost equivalent of $100: $102.56

21

Minnesota

downtown minneapolis minnesota
downtown minneapolis minnesota

Cost equivalent of $100: $102.56

20

Pennsylvania

downtown pittsburgh pennsylvania
downtown pittsburgh pennsylvania

Cost equivalent of $100: $102.56

19

Illinois

chicago illinois
chicago illinois

Cost equivalent of $100: $101.94

18

Delaware

the circle in georgetown delaware
the circle in georgetown delaware

Cost equivalent of $100: $101.21

17

Rhode Island

providence rhode island skyline
providence rhode island skyline

Cost equivalent of $100: $100.70

16

Maine

Aerial view of Bar Harbor Maine
Aerial view of Bar Harbor Maine

Cost equivalent of $100: $100

15

Florida

miami florida from above
miami florida from above

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
Three horses grazing in a central Oregon meadow near Sisters Oregon with the three sisters mountains in the background

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

Cost equivalent of $100: $98.14

12

Virginia

aerial view of smith mountain lake in virginia
aerial view of smith mountain lake in virginia

Cost equivalent of $100: $98.04

11

Vermont

The skyline of Montpelier, Vermont in autumn with brick buildings and a church steeple
The skyline of Montpelier, Vermont in autumn with brick buildings and a church steeple

Cost equivalent of $100: $97.09

10

Alaska

Multiple brown bear at McNeil River State Game Sanctuary fishing for salmon
Multiple brown bear at McNeil River State Game Sanctuary fishing for salmon

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.
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.

Cost equivalent of $100: $94.34

8

Connecticut

lighthouse with a sailboat behind it
lighthouse with a sailboat behind it

Cost equivalent of $100: $94.25

7

Washington

Seattle, Washington
Seattle, Washington

Cost equivalent of $100: $92.76

6

Maryland

Maryland
Maryland

Cost equivalent of $100: $92.25

5

Massachusetts

Sailboats on the Charles River with Boston's Back Bay skyline in the background.
Sailboats on the Charles River with Boston's Back Bay skyline in the background.

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.
People bike and walk in front of traditional villas in Cape May, New Jersey, USA, on a sunny summer day.

Cost equivalent of $100: $86.81

3

California

los angeles california skyline
los angeles california skyline

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
The skyline of New York City at sunset, with the Empire State Building and Midtown West in view

Cost equivalent of $100: $85.91

1

Hawaii

hawaii coastline
hawaii coastline

Cost equivalent of $100: $84.67

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