If you could live anywhere where would it be? I have pondered this question for a long time. I have done lots of research and would like some input. I know this is a loaded question because most of us are biased in some way usually we base it on where we were born or raised or where family live or where we work etc. I am trying to be objective and look at facts the best I can find them. One important factor I consider is overall taxes. I looked at US Census numbers for tax burden by state, this takes into account total tax paid per capita and includes property tax, sales tax, fees, income tax if applicable etc. The top 10 states which paid the lowest were (in order) SD, TX, NH, CO, Missouri, Tenn, AL, SC, GA and OR.
The worst 5 were, Vermont, Hawaii, Wyoming, Conn, Minn.
Here again this is Per Capita, if you totaled all tax revenue for a given state and divided it between every man, woman and child it is the dollar amount they each pay. Wyoming for example has a very low tax revenue for the state but they also very low population so it works out more per person.
I also looked at this Retirement Web Site and and it lists the best 5 States for tax burden according to percentage of income as being in order, Alaska 6.6%, NH 7.3%, Del 8.4%, Tenn 8.6% and AL, 8.8%
The worst 5 were Maine, 13.5%, NY 12.9%, Ohio 10.0%, Minn 11.9% and Hawaii 11.7 %
Neither on of these lists tell the whole story because they are based on averages per state, your income may be more so the percentage of income my be less or your property may be worth more or less so it will effect the total property tax you pay etc. Also percentages don't take into account average income in NY is much higher than Mississippi for example. It is interesting to note that AL and Tenn fall in the good category on both lists (neither of which are my state BTW)
Another factor to consider is weather, climate, growing seasons, terrain, access to things you need etc. We should factor "Freedom Friendly" States as far as gun laws, CCW permits, Home Schooling maybe etc. Not to mention bug out potential and natural resources.
I ask this question, Hypothetically, if you had a U-Haul truck loaded with all your possessions and no family or personal ties where would go and why? (assume money and job were not an issue) If you believe your current state is best give a second option if you could not live there.