Washington state cedes its lead this year to Texas which moves out of second place to claim the title of the best state to make a living this year. Texans benefited from a lower than average cost of living that helped them maximize average wages only slightly above average. Very low numbers of workplace safety incidents coupled with no income tax puts the Lone Star State on top, while Washington moves to second place.
“Neither one really has anything to feel bad about,” said Barrington. ”If you live in either of those states, your prospects for making a good living are well above that national average.”