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If you want to live the American dream, you’ll need to move out to the West or Midwest or South, according to an annual ranking of the best states to make a living from MoneyRates.com, a personal finance website.
The study ranked the 50 U.S. states by their cost of living, median wages, state taxes, unemployment rates and workplace safety. It also factored in the current coronavirus pandemic and which states have lost jobs under shelter-in-place orders. Thirty-two states have seen rises in unemployment since mid-March, the study states.
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Rounding out MoneyRate.com’s top-10 list for the best states to make a living in 2020 is Washington, followed by North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, Texas, Illinois, Kansas, Tennessee, Colorado and Oklahoma.