Pros and Cons of Living in Each State

And What Each State Is Known For

By popular demand, I want to share the pros and cons of living in each state.

So you can make a state-by-state evaluation. To decide where to live and why. And do so all in one place.

But, I must be honest. Since I haven’t gotten to the pros and cons of living in all 50 states yet. But I’m working on it.

Plus, I didn’t want to delay putting this guide together. Until after I researched what it’s like living in each state.

So, we will go with what I have. Since there are only a few states missing at this point.

And every time I evaluate the characteristics of each U.S. state. I will add the summary right here. And link it to the more in-depth supporting article.

No more delays. Let’s dive into the advantages and disadvantages of living in each state right now. Plus what each state is known for.

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The Pros And Cons Of Living In Each State

As you look at each state you will see some common themes. Not each of them applies to every state.

But these are the things most people are looking for. When making a big move.

  • Employment opportunities
  • Quality schools
  • Property values
  • Rental rates
  • Cost of living
  • Income tax rates
  • Real estate taxes
  • Sales tax rates
  • Access to the outdoors
  • Fun things to do
  • Health and safety
  • Diversity and inclusivity
  • Good food
  • The weather

So, you will see a lot of mentions about these specific topics.

And I won’t spare you the bad news. Since I want to share the worst things about living in each state too.

What Each State Is Known For

what each state is known for

Finally, I have found something that each state is known for. Something fun, unique, or peculiar. That you may never have thought about.

Okay. It’s finally time for your list of what states are known for…

Pros And Cons: Alabama

Let’s kick off your journey in Alabama. For a little bit of southern hospitality.

And a whole lot more…

Advantages Of Living In Alabama

  • Good manufacturing jobs
  • Excellent higher education options
  • Affordable housing
  • Low property taxes
  • Tasty seafood, barbeque, and beer
  • Great college football
  • Warm weather
  • Fun things to see and do

Disadvantages Of Living In Alabama

  • Severe weather
  • Cockroaches and other pests
  • Few things open on Sunday
  • Restrictive alcohol laws
  • Poverty
  • Obesity
  • Below average K-12 education

What Is Alabama Known For?

It has already been mentioned. But, I will do so again.

Alabama is known for college football.

Okay. We are just getting rolling.

So, stick with me. For the pros and cons of each state. Next, we are heading to “The Last Frontier”…

Pros And Cons: Alaska

Alaska: "The Last Frontier"

In many ways, Alaska is one of the most unique states in the country. But, I think it takes a special type of person to live there.

So, consider these things before moving to Alaska.

Advantages Of Living In Alaska

  • Amazing natural beauty
  • Unspoiled by population density
  • Long summer daylight hours
  • No state income taxes
  • Get paid to live there
  • Relaxed pace of life
  • Few rules and regulations
  • Tight community of people

Disadvantages Of Living In Alaska

  • Cold winter temperatures
  • Lots of snow
  • Long periods of darkness
  • High price of living
  • An isolated place
  • Earthquake risk
  • Some bad personal habits

What Is Alaska Known For?

The state is one of the most reliable places to see the Northern Lights.

It is truly a magical light show. And all put on by Mother Nature free of charge.

Pros And Cons: Arizona

Hop on Route 66. And point the car west. Sooner or later, you will find yourself in Arizona.

A unique state indeed…

Advantages Of Living In Arizona

  • Affordable cost of living
  • Low taxes
  • Youthful and diverse residents
  • Warm and sunny weather
  • Lots of fun things to do
  • Great for road trips
  • Amazing desert landscape

Disadvantages Of Living In Arizona

  • Unbearable summer heat
  • Haboobs and monsoons
  • No changing of seasons
  • Heavy urban traffic
  • Lots of barren desert
  • Poisonous plants and critters
  • Snowbirds and tourists

What Is Arizona Known For?

They don’t call Arizona “The Grand Canyon State” for nothin’.

Visitors come from all over the world to see this amazing result of the power of nature. The canyon, carved out over millions of years by the Colorado River.

Pros And Cons: Arkansas

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If you are looking for a cheap place to live. In a beautiful state. Then Arkansas may be the place for you.

Advantages Of Living In Arkansas

  • Cheap cost of living
  • Reasonable property taxes
  • Excellent state universities
  • Pleasant 4 season weather
  • Abundant outdoor activities
  • Choose from small towns
  • Or select a larger city for the vibe

Disadvantages Of Living In Arkansas

  • Higher than average sales taxes
  • High crime rates in certain areas
  • Less than the best K-12 educational system
  • Dangers of certain wildlife
  • Plenty of mosquitos
  • High poverty rates
  • Issues with obesity in the population

What Is Arkansas Known For?

A couple of big names in politics and business call Arkansas their home state.

First of all, the 42nd president of the United States hailed from Arkansas. That is Bill Clinton.

Bill’s wife Hillary spent plenty of time in high public offices too. And most recently ran for President of the United States in 2016.

Secondly, Walmart was founded in Arkansas. By a small-town, big-time entrepreneur named Sam Walton.

Based on revenues and employees. Walmart is one of the largest companies in the world.

And has located its corporate headquarters in the state. Specifically, the city of Bentonville.

Next up in the pros and cons of living in each state, California…

Pros And Cons: California

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Are you “California Dreamin”? Well, I understand.

Because living in California is awesome. But only if you can afford it.

Advantages Of Living In California

  • The weather is great
  • Lots of outdoor recreation
  • Fresh produce
  • Delicious seafood
  • Local wines & cheeses
  • High marks for happiness & life quality
  • A massive economy to exploit

Disadvantages Of Living In California

  • Housing is expensive
  • Living costs are very high
  • High taxes of all kinds
  • Questionable governance
  • Traffic and its pollution
  • Crime and homelessness
  • Drought, fire, flood, & earthquakes

What is California Known For?

California may be best known for one of the neighborhoods located outside of Los Angeles. That being Hollywood.

Because Hollywood is arguably considered the movie or show-business capital of the world. It is home to many record companies. And, movie studios.

Furthermore, many rich and famous entertainment stars call the area home.

Pros And Cons: Colorado

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Is Colorado a good place to move? Well, based on how its population has been growing. It seems to be so.

Advantages Of Living In Colorado

  • Productive economy
  • Low corporate taxes
  • Reasonable individual tax rates
  • Retirees get a tax break
  • Outdoor beauty & recreation
  • 4 season living
  • Quality of health and life
  • Good medical care options

Disadvantages Of Living In Colorado

  • Homes are expensive
  • Rents are high
  • High costs for fuel and food
  • Bad traffic
  • Crowds of tourists
  • Effects of high elevation
  • Extreme and changeable weather

What is Colorado Known For?

Colorado is known for its mountains. And high elevations.

Plus the world-class ski resorts that come with it.

It is a great place to ski or snowboard. On some fresh Rocky Mountain powder.

Pros And Cons: Delaware

pros and cons of living in Delaware

And now for a tiny state on the east coast.

Known as “The Small Wonder”. This state’s popularity has been increasing.

But, being popular comes with its own set of challenges…

Advantages Of Living In Delaware

  • Good place to retire
  • Plenty of job opportunities
  • Generous state tax benefits
  • Mix of educational options
  • Access to the ocean
  • Close to major metropolitan areas
  • Availability of quality health care

Disadvantages Of Living In Delaware

  • Dense population
  • Bad drivers
  • Bad traffic
  • Minimal public transit
  • Higher crime
  • Below average public schools
  • Rising cost of living

What is Delaware Known For?

On December 7, 1787, Delaware became the first of the 13 original colonies to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

Thus, earning one of its nicknames, “The First State”.

Next, Florida is in line for our review of the pros and cons of living in each state.

Pros And Cons: Florida

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Ahh, “The Sunshine State”. A popular destination no matter your age.

Especially if you do not like paying taxes. But, what else does Florida offer

Advantages Of Living In Florida

  • No state income taxes
  • No state estate taxes
  • Low corporate tax rates
  • Competitive cost of living
  • Large economy with opportunity
  • World-class beaches
  • Water sports
  • Lots of sunshine
  • Plenty of warm weather

If these advantages sound good to you. Then check out this article about inexpensive places to live in Florida.

Disadvantages Of Living In Florida

  • Intense summer heat & humidity
  • Severe thunderstorms & lightning
  • Tornadoes & hurricanes
  • Bad traffic & crime
  • Too many tourists
  • Expensive insurance premiums
  • State fees and sales taxes
  • Pesky insects
  • Dangerous snakes
  • Alligators everywhere

What is Florida Known For?

Florida is home to some of the biggest and best amusement and theme parks in the country.

Especially if you like Disney Parks. Because the state has more than any other location in the world.

Pros And Cons: Georgia

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Let’s stay in the south. And talk about Florida’s border state to the north.

It is Georgia. Another state with some hot summers…

Advantages Of Living In Georgia

  • A big economy
  • Plenty of jobs
  • Reasonable cost of living
  • Lots of entertainment options
  • All kinds of sporting events
  • A diverse landscape
  • Four weather seasons
  • No snow or extreme cold

Disadvantages Of Living In Georgia

  • Hot, hot, humid summers
  • Big mosquitos
  • Allergy producing pollen
  • Bad traffic
  • Higher crime rates
  • Below average health care
  • High rates of poverty and obesity

What is Georgia Known For?

Georgia’s not called “The Peach State” for nothing. Because the state produces some of the tastiest peaches in the world.

And you can get a good dose of southern hospitality too! Without trying all that hard to find it.

We still have a ways to go.

Working through the pros and cons of living in each state.

So, let’s keep going…

Pros And Cons: Hawaii

Island living in Hawaii

Ready to consider island living in Hawaii? Why not.

Here’s a summary of what you need to know…

Advantages Of Living In Hawaii

  • Beauty, beaches and rainbows
  • Summer clothes year round
  • Fresh air and good smells
  • Water sports
  • Unique culture
  • Ethnically diverse
  • Relaxed

Disadvantages Of Living In Hawaii

  • Expensive living conditions
  • Isolation
  • Difficult to fit in
  • Volcanoes
  • Bad traffic congestion
  • Lacking some basic amenities
  • No changing weather seasons

What Is Hawaii Known For?

Hawaii is the only state with consistently warm and tropical weather. Where high-quality coffee beans can be grown.

So, other than this island paradise. Most of the coffee consumed in the U.S. has to be imported from other countries.

Pros And Cons: Idaho

"The Gem State" silhouette map image

Moving right along. Let’s touch on Idaho. A state that is rising in popularity.

For retirees. And others migrating about the country.

Advantages Of Living In Idaho

  • Booming economy
  • Rising popularity
  • Friendly people
  • Clean cities and towns
  • Abundance of scenic beauty
  • Plenty of outdoor activities
  • Country music

Disadvantages Of Living in Idaho

  • Population growth
  • Increasing home prices
  • Limited public transportation
  • Lack of luxury shopping
  • Cold winters
  • Unique behaviors to accept
  • Limited diversity

What Is Idaho Known For?

It’s kind of an odd combination.

But the state is known for its potato production.

And it is known as “The Gem State”. Due to rich deposits of minerals and gemstones located within its boundaries.

Go figure.

Pros And Cons: Indiana

Indiana benefits and drawbacks

Here is a state that doesn’t get the attention it deserves.

It is the midwestern state of Indiana.

Maybe “The Hoosier State” is your ideal place? Let’s see…

Advantages Of Living In Indiana

  • Below average home prices
  • Moderate property taxes
  • Reasonable income taxes
  • Family-friendly environment
  • Low crime rates
  • Top-rated universities
  • Enjoyable 4-season weather

Disadvantages Of Living In Indiana

  • Plenty of snow
  • Cold winter temperatures
  • Not much diversity
  • Mostly rural
  • Lots of cornfields
  • Lack of public transit
  • Limited entertainment options
  • Higher levels of drug use

What is Indiana Known For?

The state is best known for the Indianapolis 500. An automobile race with a 100 plus year history.

And known as “The Greatest Spectacle In Racing”.

As we assess the good and the bad of living in each state. We are heading back to the heartland.

Pros And Cons: Iowa

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The state of Iowa is another good place to live. If you are looking for low costs, jobs, and educational opportunities.

Advantages Of Living In Iowa

  • The low average cost of living
  • Good jobs
  • A growing economy
  • Good K-12 educational system
  • Excellent universities
  • Light traffic
  • Low crime rates
  • 4 distinct weather seasons

Disadvantages Of Living In Iowa

  • Tornadoes
  • Intense winter cold
  • Blowing & drifting snow
  • Progressive and high-income tax rates
  • Limited entertainment options
  • Lack of privacy in small towns
  • Limited ethnic diversity

What is Iowa Known For?

If you like your spuds, then Iowa may be the place for you. Because the state is a top producer of potatoes.

And grows billions of pounds of this starchy vegetable each year. The brown russet variety being a popular choice of Iowa farmers.

Pros And Cons: Kansas

pros and cons of living in Kansas

Living in Kansas means an inexpensive place to reside. At least in the United States anyway.

But “The Sunflower State” is not without its drawbacks going with some of the benefits…

Advantages Of Living In Kansas

  • Low home prices
  • Cheaper groceries
  • Low vehicle cost of ownership
  • Get paid to move to Topeka
  • Modest sized cities
  • No commuting hassles
  • Good barbeque
  • 4 season living

Disadvantages Of Living In Kansas

  • Extreme heat to the south
  • Tornadoes
  • The state is very rural
  • It’s flat as a pancake
  • Very high sales taxes
  • Progressive & high income-tax rates
  • Limited public transportation

What is Kansas Known For?

The state is known for the iconic musical family film, “The Wizard of Oz”. And the classic but often used line:

“Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore”.

There is no rest. Not today. So, let’s continue with the pros and cons of each state…

Pros And Cons: Kentucky

I got my introduction to the state of Kentucky. On a business trip here in my early 20s.

This is what I know about it…

Advantages Of Living In Kentucky

  • Affordable housing
  • Low cost of living
  • Tax breaks for retirees
  • Scenic beauty
  • Outdoor adventures
  • Good regional foods
  • All 4 weather seasons

Disadvantages Of Living In Kentucky

  • Tornados and flood risks
  • Summer heat and humidity
  • Sub-par K-12 school system
  • High taxes on income
  • More taxes on purchases
  • Lack of diversity
  • Some effects of urbanization

What Is Kentucky Known For?

Horses, the Kentucky Derby, tobacco, college basketball, and bourbon. Are all closely associated with this state.

Most noteworthy, the distilleries along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Produce more than 90% of the world’s supply of bourbon.

The pros and cons of living in each state must continue on…

Pros And Cons: Louisiana

Louisiana

Next, we are arriving on the Gulf Coast of Mexico for this place. It is the state of Louisiana.

Advantages Of Living In Louisiana

  • High levels of diversity
  • Sense of community
  • Cajun food
  • Hundreds of festivals
  • Scenic beauty
  • Affordable living costs
  • Year-round summer weather

Disadvantages Of Living In Louisiana

  • Lackluster economy
  • High unemployment
  • Significant poverty
  • A poor quality educational system
  • Limited access to health care
  • Risks of severe weather
  • Pesky bugs and wildlife

What Is Louisiana Known For?

The state is known for hosting one of the biggest parties in the world. Mardi Gras!

Pros And Cons: Maine

the rugged coast of Maine

You can’t get any farther east in the United States. When you are at the eastern edge of the Maine coast.

Here’s what the state of Maine offers

Advantages Of Living In Maine

  • Stunning Atlantic coastline
  • Pleasant summer weather
  • Tranquil and charming
  • High marks for safety
  • Great lobster and seafood
  • High minimum wage
  • Reasonable living costs

Disadvantages Of Living In Maine

  • Long winters
  • Lack of high-paying jobs
  • An aging population
  • Resistant to change
  • Limited diversity
  • Limited entertainment options
  • High tax burden

What Is Maine Known For?

Where do I start? Because there are so many things.

First, Maine is the largest producer of lobster in the United States. Since nearly all of the lobster consumed in the U.S. comes from Maine.

Second, the state is the largest producer of wild blueberries in the world. And, I must say. They are very very good!

Continuing on…

Pros And Cons: Maryland

map of Maryland

Maryland is one of the most unique states.

Be it the state’s diverse landscape. Or, some of the unique foods that residents and visitors get to enjoy.

So, here are the pros and cons of this state known as “Little America”…

Advantages Of Living In Maryland

  • Productive economy
  • Atlantic coastline
  • Chesapeake Bay
  • Appalachian Mountains
  • Temperate 4-season weather
  • Unique local foods
  • Rich U.S. history

Disadvantages Of Living In Maryland

  • Expensive homes
  • High cost of living
  • State and local taxes
  • Traffic jams
  • Crime
  • Homelessness
  • Sunday laws

What Is Maryland Known For?

The state is best known for its fresh blue crab.

And the crab feasts, crab cakes, and other crab delicacies they are part of.

Let’s keep rolling. Sticking with our two themes.

First, the pros and cons of each state.

Second, what each state is known for.

And it’s time to travel to the upper midwest…

Pros And Cons: Minnesota

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Landing us just shy of the Canadian border. And ready to take a look at Minnesota

Advantages Of Living In Minnesota

  • Low unemployment rate
  • Numerous Fortune 500 companies
  • 4 season outdoor activities
  • Festivals and the arts
  • Good school system
  • Reasonable cost of living
  • Low health care costs

Disadvantages Of Living In Minnesota

  • Cold winter temperatures
  • Lots of snow
  • Bad traffic in the Twin Cities
  • Limited public transit
  • Excessive tax burden
  • Boring local foods
  • Unique personal behaviors

What Is Minnesota Known For?

It’s not called “The Land Of 10,000 Lakes” for nothing.

Depending on who you ask, the count is closer to 15,000. A number that is a distant second to Alaska. And very close to the number of lakes in Wisconsin.

It’s time to head south. Let’s see what our next state is known for…

Pros And Cons: Mississippi

living in Mississippi pros and cons

Let’s stick with the low-cost theme. Because Mississippi is tops for cheap living.

Advantages Of Living In Mississippi

  • Cheap home prices
  • Low costs for food and necessities
  • Moderate tuition at state colleges
  • Fried chicken and biscuits
  • Seafood from the Gulf of Mexico
  • Southern hospitality
  • Warm winters
  • No snow

Disadvantages Of Living In Mississippi

  • Intense summer heat & humidity
  • Tornadoes
  • Hurricanes
  • Poor K-12 educational system
  • Unemployment
  • Low wages
  • Poor quality of health care
  • Lack of diversity
  • Slow to accept change

What is Mississippi Known For?

Mississippi is one of the largest cotton producers in the country.  It’s not the biggest. But still manages to put out nearly 10% of the nation’s cotton supply.

The benefits and drawbacks of living in each state must continue. So, don’t forget about this next state…

Pros And Cons: Missouri

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Let’s jump back to the Mid-western United States. And see what is living in Missouri like.

Advantages Of Living In Missouri

  • Low home prices
  • Below average apartment rents
  • Cheaper groceries & utilities
  • Lower cost transportation & health care
  • Good business climate & economy
  • Hiking, hunting, & fishing
  • 3 pro sports teams
  • Good barbeque & Italian foods

Disadvantages Of Living In Missouri

  • Low wages
  • High state income tax rates
  • High sales taxes
  • Summer heat and humidity
  • Tornadoes
  • High crime rates
  • Ranked poorly in life quality surveys

What is Missouri Known For?

The iconic beer brand Budweiser was founded in Missouri. And St. Louis is headquarters for the Anheuser-Busch brewing company. Now owned by AB In-Bev.

Pros And Cons: Montana

Next, we are traveling into a rugged land of wide-open spaces. That has become quite popular in recent years.

Just in case you are thinking about moving to Montana

Advantages Of Living In Montana

  • Immense scenic beauty
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Low in-state college tuition
  • No sales taxes
  • Low population density
  • No traffic jams
  • Interesting locals

Disadvantages Of Living In Montana

  • Brutal winters
  • Limited housing supply
  • Little commercial entertainment
  • Summer tourists
  • Dangerous wildlife and predators
  • Very remote
  • Newbies aren’t always welcome

What Is Montana Known For?

The state is known for having one of the premier United States National Parks.

Specifically, Glacier National Park. With its many miles of wilderness and wildlife. Set in the Rocky Mountains.

In addition, Montana has thousands of operational farms and ranches. Where real-life farmers, ranchers, and cowboys go to work every day.

Pros And Cons: Nevada

retiring in nevada pros and cons

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. But does that old expression apply if you live in Nevada?

I don’t know. But let’s see what it’s like to live in the state of Nevada anyway.

Advantages Of Living In Nevada

  • Welcoming culture
  • Diversity of people from everywhere
  • No state income taxes
  • Low real estate taxes
  • Lots of sunshine
  • Low humidity
  • Access to outdoor activities
  • Recreation and entertainment options

Disadvantages Of Living In Nevada

  • High crime rates
  • Frequency of traffic accidents
  • Intense summer heat
  • High home prices
  • Above-average apartment rents
  • High sales taxes
  • Low-quality K-12 educational system
  • Bad traffic in Vegas
  • Plenty of tourists

What is Nevada Known For?

Nevada is known for liberal laws and behaviors that are not acceptable in many other states.

Since there are few states in the U.S. like Nevada. Where you can find some things that are illegal almost everywhere else.

Such as casino-style gambling, prostitution, recreational use of cannabis, and open alcohol container laws. So, you need to have a healthy dose of self-discipline if you plan on living in Nevada.

Pros And Cons: New Hampshire

living in New Hampshire pros and cons

And now for a state in the New England region.

That little state of New Hampshire. It just seems to “fly under the radar”.

But, no longer. Here is New Hampshire exposed…

Advantages Of Living In New Hampshire

  • A beautiful landscape
  • Four weather season living
  • Low crime rates
  • Plenty of jobs
  • An excellent public school system
  • Zero sales taxes
  • Almost no state income taxes
  • Access to nearby Boston

Disadvantages Of Living In New Hampshire

  • High property tax rates
  • Brutal winters
  • Not much diversity of people
  • Mostly “American” food
  • No large cities
  • Little nightlife
  • Minimal public transit options
  • Heavy summer traffic from tourists

What is New Hampshire Known For?

The state was the first of the original 13 colonies. That declared its independence from England.

That makes sense. Because the state goes by the slogan, “Live Free or Die”.

Also, I will throw in the beautiful fall foliage. And great state tax benefits too!

Okay. Stick with me.

There is still a lot more to cover in this article about the pros and cons of living in each state. And next up, we head to the southwest.

Pros And Cons: New Mexico

New Mexico

New Mexico is a place with lots of things to like. But some issues you should be aware of too.

The state is called “The Land of Enchantment”.  Let’s see why…

Advantages Of Living In New Mexico

  • Rich in history and traditions
  • Ethnic diversity
  • Unique cuisine
  • Plenty of recreational options
  • A beautiful landscape
  • Four season living
  • Affordable homes
  • Low in-state college tuition

Disadvantages Of Living In New Mexico

  • Lackluster economy
  • High unemployment rate
  • Below average K-12 schools
  • Poor transportation infrastructure
  • High crime rates
  • Increasing levels of poverty
  • High rate of drug usage
  • Windy, dry weather at elevation

What Is New Mexico Known For?

Perhaps best known for the state’s capital of Santa Fe.

Because Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in the U.S. And the 2nd oldest city in the country. Founded in the early 1600s.

The city’s art, culture, and traditions. Make it a one-of-a-kind place to live.

Next, let’s move back to the east coast. For the pros and cons of living in another state…

Pros And Cons: North Carolina

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There’s a lot to like about the state of North Carolina. And some not so good things too…

Advantages Of Living In North Carolina

  • Community pride
  • Very patriotic
  • Friendly residents
  • Affordable price of living
  • Great year around weather
  • Fun things to do outdoors
  • Top-notch universities
  • Good health care providers

Disadvantages Of Living In North Carolina

  • High income tax rates
  • Costly sales taxes
  • So-so K-12 educational system
  • High crime in certain places
  • Lack of distinct weather seasons
  • Summer heat and humidity
  • Risk of dangerous hurricanes

What Is North Carolina Known For?

The state is home to the outer banks. A series of barrier islands separating the mainland from the Atlantic Ocean.

And the outer banks hosted the first powered aircraft flight. Launched at Kitty Hawk by the Wright Brothers in 1903.

There is no time for rest. Because today’s mission continues.

As we cover the pros and cons of living in each state. And what each state is famous for.

So, let’s keep moving…

Pros And Cons: North Dakota

North Dakota state seal

Next, we travel across the country. And back to the upper midwest. South of the Canadian border.

To address the state of North Dakota

Advantages Of Living In North Dakota

  • Low unemployment
  • Good higher education options
  • Low cost of living
  • A reasonable state tax burden
  • Wide-open spaces
  • Nice moderate-size cities
  • Friendly residents

Disadvantages Of Living In North Dakota

  • Harsh winter weather
  • Short supply of housing
  • Limited entertainment
  • Lack of cultural and economic diversity
  • Tedious for traveling long distances
  • Roaming wildlife
  • Pesky mosquitos and insects

What Is North Dakota Known For?

The state is known for its sparse population and wide-open land. It is mainly dedicated to agriculture and oil production.

Pros And Cons: Oklahoma

about moving to Oklahoma

Next, let’s travel to the mid-South. And see what it is like residing in Oklahoma. It is another state that won’t break your budget.

Advantages Of Living In Oklahoma

  • Affordable home prices
  • Low apartment rents
  • Low-cost food, utilities, & transport
  • Great mid-sized city living options
  • Youthful population
  • Easy commuting
  • Low unemployment
  • Business-friendly
  • Enjoy the 4 seasons

Disadvantages Of Living In Oklahoma

  • Very hot summers
  • Tornadoes
  • Landlocked & mostly dull terrain
  • Limited access to big-city life
  • High sales tax rates
  • High state income tax rates
  • Less than the best K-12 education

What is Oklahoma Known For?

How about a big homemade serving of chicken fried steak. Is it chicken? Or, is it steak?

I don’t know! But I know they have it in Oklahoma.

Pros And Cons: Oregon

pros and cons living in Oregon
Crater Lake In Oregon

Next, let’s travel to the stunning beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Specifically, I’m talking about the state of Oregon.

Advantages Of Living In Oregon

  • Diverse landscape
  • Natural beauty
  • Environmentally conscious
  • Bicycle friendly
  • Moderate year-round temperatures
  • Local foods and beverages
  • No sales tax

Disadvantages Of Living In Oregon

  • Expensive housing
  • High income tax rates
  • Real estate taxes
  • High cost of gas
  • Rain and clouds
  • Personal safety risks
  • Quality of K-12 schools

What is Oregon Known For?

The state has an extremely diverse landscape. It is a rare and special location.

Because within a few hours’ drive. You can find yourself:

  • At the ocean
  • In the mountains
  • Hiking the forests
  • On a farm
  • Fishing in a lake
  • Traveling in the desert

Ready for the pros and cons of another state?

Ready or not. Here it comes…

Pros And Cons: Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania railroad car

Don’t fall asleep on “The Keystone State”. Because it’s hard to find much wrong with living there.

But I tried to anyway. And here’s what I found…

Advantages Of Living In Pennsylvania

  • Reasonable living costs
  • No taxes on retirement income
  • Outdoor activities
  • Professional sports
  • Unique regional food options
  • Great universities
  • High quality hospitals
  • Rich in historical significance

Disadvantages Of Living in Pennsylvania

  • Plenty of snow to shovel
  • Cold winter temperatures
  • Bad traffic
  • Potholes and toll roads
  • High local taxes
  • High unemployment rate
  • Unusual things to get used to

What Is Pennsylvania Known For?

The state is rich in American history.

And known for the place where the Declaration of Independence was signed. And for the ringing of the Liberty Bell.

All to recognize independence. From British rule.

Let’s continue. Because the pros and cons of each of the 50 states must go on…

Pros And Cons: South Carolina

South Carolina: "The Palmetto State"

There is just something about the relaxed vibe of the south.

And if you decide to live in South Carolina. It is no different.

But this state has much more to offer…

Advantages Of Living In South Carolina

  • Historical significance
  • Cultural activities
  • Relaxed and welcoming
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Diverse scenic beauty
  • Mild winters and nice weather
  • Tax breaks for retirees
  • Productive economy

Disadvantages Of Living In South Carolina

  • High income taxes
  • Expensive homes near the coast
  • High sales taxes
  • Hot and humid summers
  • Hurricane and flood risks
  • Lots of mosquitoes
  • Alligators too

What Is South Carolina Known For?

South Carolina is known for its beaches. Think Myrtle Beach. And Hilton Head Island.

Then throw in some of the finest golf courses you can find.

And you have yourself a top-notch destination. For a vacation or retirement living.

Are you hanging in there with me?

We have just a few more pros and cons of living in each state. Plus, what every state is known for.

So, let’s continue…

Pros And Cons: South Dakota

Mount Rushmore in South Dakota
Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Next, we are heading almost entirely across the country. Into the upper midwest.

In case you are trying to decide about moving to South Dakota

Advantages Of Living In South Dakota

  • Low unemployment
  • Good education options
  • Solid economy
  • Beneficial tax laws
  • Low cost of living
  • Wide-open spaces
  • Minimal impacts from urbanization

Disadvantages Of Living In South Dakota

  • Cold and snowy winters
  • Scorching hot summers
  • Few urban amenities
  • Not much nightlife
  • Some areas feel remote
  • Lower household incomes
  • Little diversity

What Is South Dakota Known For?

The state is home to Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

A massive sculpture carved into Mount Rushmore. Located in the Black Hills region of western South Dakota.

It portrays past U.S. presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. I think it is safe to say. There is nothing like it elsewhere in the country.

Next, we must review Tennessee. To cover the pros and cons of living in each state…

Pros And Cons: Tennessee

characteristics of each U.S. state

Tennessee has become a popular choice. For those free to move about the country.

With Nashville and its surrounding area particularly hot. And even though Nashville has become a popular but pricey pick for relocation.

There are still plenty of cheap locations to live in Tennessee. But, let’s see what the state as a whole has to offer.

Advantages Of Living In Tennessee

  • Inexpensive home prices
  • Cheaper groceries, utilities, & transport
  • Reasonable property taxes
  • No state income taxes
  • Tennessee Promise scholarship program
  • The music scene
  • Beautiful landscape
  • 4 season living
  • Mild winter weather

Disadvantages Of Living In Tennessee

  • Summer heat
  • High humidity
  • Severe thunderstorms
  • Potential for hail
  • Remnants of hurricanes
  • Negative effects of urbanization
  • Crime rates in certain areas

What is Tennessee Known For?

Tennessee has a robust music scene.

Since Nashville is considered the country music capital of the world. And Memphis serves up a healthy serving of the blues.

Pros And Cons: Texas

what is it like living in each state

They say everything is bigger in Texas. And whoever “they” is, just might be right.

So, let’s see what “The Lone Star State” offers up

Advantages Of Living In Texas

  • Big city living options
  • Smaller towns too
  • Reasonable home prices
  • Lower average living costs
  • The 2nd largest state economy
  • Jobs and educational opportunities
  • No state income taxes
  • Mild winter weather

Disadvantages Of Living In Texas

  • Hot summers
  • Hurricanes
  • Tornadoes
  • High property taxes
  • High sales tax rates
  • Rapid population growth
  • Bad traffic
  • High crime rates in certain areas
  • Access to affordable health care

What is Texas Known For?

Texas might be best known for its state capital, Austin. First of all, Austin is known as the live music capital of the world.

Furthermore, the city has become a hub for technology firms. Rivaling Silicon Valley in California. Partly because of the state’s low taxes and business-friendly policies.

Pros And Cons: Utah

living in each state pros and cons

Utah has become a popular state. For those looking to relocate in recent years.

Let’s check it out. Is Utah a good place to live? You decide…

Advantages Of Living In Utah

  • Strong economic growth
  • Low unemployment
  • Low corporate tax rates
  • Competitive cost of living
  • Affordable child-care options
  • A younger population
  • Plenty of outdoor activities
  • 4 season living

Disadvantages Of Living In Utah

  • Hot dry summer weather
  • Effects of pollution from winter aversion
  • Homes have become expensive
  • High individual income tax rates
  • High sales taxes
  • Tight alcohol regulations
  • Lack of ethnic, racial, & religious diversity

What is Utah Known For?

Utah may be best known for its beautiful and awe-inspiring national parks. There are 5 in total. They include:

  • Arches
  • Capitol Reef
  • Bryce Canyon
  • Canyonlands
  • Zion

You will want to check into one or more of these amazing places. Whether you move to Utah, or not.

Our quest to cover the pros and cons of living in each state continues. So, let’s keep moving…

Pros And Cons: Vermont

Vermont is a state unspoiled by urbanization. Making it a great place to live. For those interested in charm, peace, and tranquility

But there is more to this little state. That packs of might punch. Including…

Advantages Of Living In Vermont

  • Beautiful and scenic
  • Lake Champlain
  • Winter sports
  • Small population
  • Simple living
  • Good people
  • Close to major cities

Disadvantages Of Living in Vermont

  • Harsh winters
  • Muddy in the spring
  • Higher cost of living
  • High income taxes
  • A tiny state economy
  • Resistant to change
  • Limited diversity

What Is Vermont Known For?

The state is known for producing some of the finest maple syrup in the world. And is the state where Ben and Jerry’s ice cream was born.

Syrup and ice cream. What an interesting combination.

Okay. We are working our way through the alphabet. But, we are not done.

The pros and cons of another few states are yet to come…

Pros And Cons: Virginia

Home to one of the most popular beach towns in the country, Virginia Beach. This state has that. And so much more going for it.

No wonder people are considering moving to Virginia. Since it is hard to come up with too many negatives about living here.

Advantages Of Living In Virginia

  • Vibrant economy
  • Great school system
  • Minimal crime
  • Coastal living
  • The Blue Ridge Mountains
  • 4 weather seasons
  • Excellent hospitals

Disadvantages Of Living In Virginia

  • Expensive homes
  • High income and sales taxes
  • Traffic congestion
  • Limited public transportation
  • Proximity to nuclear facilities
  • Lots of summer tourists

What Is Virginia Known For?

The state has many ties to our nation’s past and present.

No less than 8 U.S. presidents were born in the state. And both the revolutionary war and civil war came to a conclusion within the state’s boundaries.

And if that’s not enough, the Pentagon is located in Virginia. It is the headquarters building of the United States Department of Defense.

No wonder there are more than 25 military bases. Located in Virginia.

Pros And Cons: Washington State

moving to Washington state

Next, let’s travel to the Pacific Northwest. And see what Washington state has to offer those looking for a new place to live.

It’s a little like the state of California. A wonderful place to live. But only if you can afford it.

Advantages Of Living In Washington

  • Access to the Pacific Ocean
  • Proximity to the Cascade Mountains
  • Robust economy
  • Marquee employers
  • No individual income taxes
  • No corporate income taxes
  • Residents say they like the state
  • Mild year-round climate

Disadvantages Of Living In Washington

  • Cloudy and rainy weather
  • Home prices are high
  • Apartment rents aren’t cheap
  • Gasoline and groceries are expensive
  • High sales taxes for individuals & business
  • Bad traffic and driving conditions
  • Homelessness
  • High crime rates

What is Washington Known For?

First of all, Washington is the birthplace of the iconic coffee company, Starbucks.

Furthermore, the first Starbucks coffee shop was located in another famous Washington place. That being Pike Place Market.

Next, the pros and cons of living in each state. Must come to come to an end. With our last participant.

Pros And Cons: West Virginia

The Mountain State

As we review the pros and cons of living in each state. It’s easy to say this…

West Virginia is one of the most beautiful states in the country. Being located in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains.

Appropriately so, its nickname is “The Mountain State”. And here’s what you need to know about it…

Advantages Of Living In West Virginia

  • Affordable housing
  • Low cost of living
  • Small-town atmosphere
  • Natural beauty
  • Outdoor adventures
  • Nearby big cities
  • Bluegrass music

Disadvantages Of Living In West Virginia

  • Shrinking economy
  • Limited employment opportunities
  • Underfunded educational system
  • Bad roads
  • High crime
  • Drug abuse problems
  • Lack of diversity

What Is West Virginia Known For?

The state is well-known for its mountain views, rolling farmlands, and tree-lined roads.

But did you know the state has deep roots in Bluegrass music? And hosts the Music in the Mountains festival annually.

Next, let’s head to the “real west”…

Pros And Cons: Wyoming

Wyoming pros and cons
The Teton Range in Wyoming

Last but not least, it’s time for “The Cowboy State”.  Thinking about moving to Wyoming?

Then you should understand exactly what you are in for…

Advantages Of Living In Wyoming

  • No individual income tax
  • Zero corporate income tax
  • Reasonable property, sales, and gas taxes
  • 4 season climate
  • Hundreds of days of sunshine
  • An abundance of natural beauty
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Magical national parks
  • Minimal traffic & low crime rates

Disadvantages Of Living In Wyoming

  • Lack of big city living
  • No professional sports franchises
  • Little to do beyond the outdoors
  • Only one 4-year state university
  • Dangerous wildlife
  • Severe weather conditions
  • Lack of diversity in a small population

What is Wyoming Known For?

These facts are about as unique as they get. Because the one and only world-famous “Old Faithful” geyser is located in Yellowstone National Park.

And Yellowstone has the distinction of being the oldest national park. In the entire United States! Dating back to 1872.

I also want to throw this in…

Wyoming is probably the most tax-friendly state. In the entire country.

Other Resources For Deciding Where To Live

It’s great to know the pros and cons of living in each state.

But let me offer up some additional suggestions. And resources.

That may make deciding where to live a little easier. Also, make your move go as smoothly as possible.

Because information about living in each state’s pros and cons wouldn’t be complete without it.

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Reap The Benefits Of Living In Each State By Getting Your Finances Together

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Job Hunting Things Unique To Each State

Are you looking for a job in your new location? Well, state by state every job hunt will be a little different.

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That’s it for today. What is each state known for? Well, now you know.

And, you have learned the pros and cons of living in each state too. Good luck with your move!

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The Pros And Cons Of Living In Each State