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Old 10-15-2015, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Washington State
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The accuracy of these type articles isn't always that great but I will say they have Oregon the 2nd worst and Washington (the state) the 2nd from the best and I have to say, when I left Oregon and moved to Washington, it became much easier to make a living and build wealth in Washington than Oregon in my experience. Thoughts?

The Best and Worst States for Making a Living in 2015
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Old 10-15-2015, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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They should have looked at median income, not average income. Averages are always higher than medians. Looking at income, for example, millionaires will bump up the average income, but because someone cannot make negative money, their salary won't be canceled out. A median would instead capture the salary level at the 50th percentile, which is what an "average" person would make.

Also, singling out state income tax is unfair. I know it's much easier to calculate than sales or property tax, but given the methods by which states collect revenue can vary dramatically (or even the services provided - in some places counties or cities pay for social services that states do in other) you really need a comprehensive value for state and local taxes.
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Old 10-15-2015, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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It seems like it's basing best "place to make a living" on wages, cost of living, and taxes, but I'd argue that many of the truly best places to live in are some of the highest-taxed places in the country, where those government dollars are put to good use like public schools, public parks and entertainment, infrastructure, etc. So by basing "best" using tax rates, I think this study misses the boat a bit.
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Old 10-15-2015, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Washington State
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It seems like it's basing best "place to make a living" on wages, cost of living, and taxes, but I'd argue that many of the truly best places to live in are some of the highest-taxed places in the country, where those government dollars are put to good use like public schools, public parks and entertainment, infrastructure, etc. So by basing "best" using tax rates, I think this study misses the boat a bit.
But that's changing from best place to make a living into best place to live.

In going from Oregon to Washington (state), my income soared, property taxes reduced, no state income tax, better schools, equally good infrastructure. I'm not sure how Washington does it but it's the best state imo considering everything you get living here. Oregon does have a better climate and better parks as well as no sales tax. I would consider returning to Oregon if I'm retired and not having a large income to be taxed.
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