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Old 10-05-2015, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Boston
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DC is a city but interesting list.
Sure, Washington is a city, but the District of Columbia is more than a city. As a federal district it is not part of any state, although it is bigger than a couple states. But having missed out on representation and influence for decades and decades, it's now commonplace to recognize DC as an informal state to rectify this. This is why they get 3 electoral votes for President now and are also included in most surveys and polls, lest the citizens of DC go unrepresented.
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Old 10-05-2015, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Sure, Washington is a city, but the District of Columbia is more than a city. As a federal district it is not part of any state, although it is bigger than a couple states.
Which states would that be?
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Old 10-05-2015, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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Which states would that be?
I assume he means bigger by population; certainly not by land area. DC's population puts it in the vicinity of Wyoming and Alaska; I'm not sure of their exact ranking.
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Old 10-05-2015, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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Which states would that be?
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I assume he means bigger by population; certainly not by land area. DC's population puts it in the vicinity of Wyoming and Alaska; I'm not sure of their exact ranking.
D.C. is more populous than Vermont and Wyoming.
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Old 10-06-2015, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Bigger connotes...bigger. "More populous" would have been the correct way to say it, if that was the intent.
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Old 10-07-2015, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Syracuse, New York
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People tend to over value COL differences. People who live in high COL areas make up most or all of the difference when they sell their house or give it to the next generation as the inheritance.
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Old 10-07-2015, 03:40 PM
 
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I was curious myself, also, so I tracked down 2014 numbers from the Census Bureau's latest Current Population Survey for 2014 median household income and divided it by the Missouri Economic Research & Information Center (MERIC's) cost-of-living index 2014 average for each state (for an apples-to-apples comparison). The results are pretty interesting--literally all over the map. For example, the adjusted MHI for NY is shockingly the lowest in the US. California and Hawaii are also in the bottom 10.

Sorry for the rough cut-and-paste, but you can get the gist:

State | MHI-Census Current Population Survey | COLI (2014 Annual Average-MERIC)| Adjusted MHI
Utah 63,383 92.2 68,745.12
Virginia 66,155 97 68,201.03
Minnesota 67,244 101.5 66,250.25
Maryland 76,165 118.9 64,058.03
New Hampshire 73,397 115.6 63,492.21
Iowa 57,810 92.5 62,497.30
Nebraska 56,870 92 61,815.22
Missouri 56,630 93.3 60,696.68
North Dakota 60,730 100.7 60,307.85
Colorado 60,940 101.3 60,157.95
Wisconsin 58,080 97.5 59,569.23
Wyoming 55,690 93.6 59,497.86
Idaho 53,438 90.2 59,243.90
Kansas 53,444 92 58,091.30
Texas 53,875 92.8 58,054.96
Washington 59,068 103.2 57,236.43
Illinois 54,916 96.1 57,144.64
Michigan 52,005 91.8 56,650.33
Delaware 57,522 104.8 54,887.40
Pennsylvania 55,173 102.1 54,038.20
Georgia 49,555 92.9 53,342.30
Indiana 48,060 90.4 53,163.72
Ohio 49,644 94.1 52,756.64
Oklahoma 47,199 90.8 51,981.28
South Dakota 53,053 102.3 51,860.22
New Jersey 65,243 126.7 51,494.08
Massachusetts 63,151 123.4 51,175.85
Vermont 60,708 119 51,015.13
Alaska 67,629 133.2 50,772.52
Montana 51,102 100.8 50,696.43
New Mexico 46,686 92.4 50,525.97
Arizona 49,254 100.2 49,155.69
Nevada 49,875 101.6 49,089.57
Tennessee 43,716 89.3 48,954.09
Arkansas 44,922 92.2 48,722.34
North Carolina 46,784 96.5 48,480.83
Connecticut 70,161 145.2 48,320.25
Rhode Island 58,633 122.4 47,902.78
Oregon 58,875 125.1 47,062.35
Kentucky 42,786 91 47,017.58
California 60,487 128.7 46,998.45
South Carolina 44,929 95.6 46,996.86
Maine 51,710 110.1 46,966.39
Florida 46,140 99.8 46,232.46
Alabama 42,278 92 45,954.35
Louisiana 42,406 95 44,637.89
Hawaii 71,223 163.9 43,455.16
Mississippi 35,521 85.9 41,351.57
West Virginia 39,552 96.9 40,817.34
New York 54,310 133.3 40,742.69
This is great, thanks for putting it together.
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Old 10-07-2015, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Atlanta metro (Cobb County)
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Regarding cost of living-adjusted household income, one factor to consider is that the typical household size is quite a bit larger in some states than others. Given the younger family dominated demographics, the typical Utah household is larger than anywhere else, which would tend to imply higher household expenses thus reducing the income edge. The Midwest region definitely appears to have an advantage by this measure, and with their abundance of higher paying public sector jobs, so do Virginia and Maryland.
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Old 10-09-2015, 10:31 AM
 
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D.C. is more populous than Vermont and Wyoming.
And North and South Dakota..
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