Getting your money’s worth: Which states are best?

Maps published by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation offer a concise depiction of the cost of living in Utah compared with other states. Or as the foundation puts it: “Which states offer the biggest bang for your buck?”

Utah lies somewhere in the middle when it comes to purchasing power. The states or areas where your money buys the least are urban and coastal: Washington D.C., Hawaii, New York, New Jersey and California. The states that offer the most for your dollar are in the Midwest and South: Mississippi,
Arkansas, Missouri, Alabama and South Dakota.

Price-Parity-2012

An accompanying map compares purchasing power at the more detailed level of metro areas:

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