Texas: Best State to Make a Living

Texas: Best State to Make a Living


The best place to make a living in the United States? That would be Texas, according to personal finance site MoneyRates.com’s just-released “10 Best and Worst Places to Make a living in 2015.”


Taking into account average wages, taxes, cost of living, unemployment, and workplace safety, the list ranked the 50 states by livability. Texas’ very low cost of living, slightly higher wages, low numbers of workplace safety incidents and no income tax put the Lone Star State on top.


Washington (No. 1 last year) took the No. 2 spot, followed by Wyoming, Virginia, Illinois, Michigan, Colorado, Delaware, Ohio, and Utah.


Curious about the other end of the list? Click here.






Texas No. 1 for Jobs



The good news keeps coming for Texas. With 46,600 jobs added in July, the state ranked No. 1 nationwide in job growth, according to just-released data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Overall in July, 36 states and Washington, D.C., added jobs. Thirteen states lost jobs and one, Iowa, saw no change. Ohio saw the largest monthly decline, losing 12,400 jobs.


Texas has been No. 1 in jobs added three other times this year. Unlike some other states, Texas has seen job growth across all of its major industry groups.


Texas also leads the nation in job creation over the last 12 months with 396,200 jobs for an annualized rate of 3.5 percent.


In addition to significant job growth, Texas, and Dallas-Fort Worth in particular, offers affordable housing options. To learn more, visit the award-winning ebby.com.