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. 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

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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: Arkansas

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.

Florida is next in line for 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: 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

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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”.

Pros And Cons: Mississippi

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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.

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: Nevada

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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: Oklahoma

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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: Tennessee

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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

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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

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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.

Pros And Cons: Washington State

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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.

Pros And Cons: 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 characteristics of 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 pros and cons wouldn’t be complete without it.

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Job Hunting Things Unique To Each State

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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