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Utah ranks in list of best and worst states to make a living

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Posted at 2:54 PM, Jul 01, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-01 17:19:46-04

SALT LAKE CITY – If you’re looking to increase your chances of success, Utah is one of the top places you want to be.

MoneyRates.com has just released its findings in the best states and the worst states to make a living.

This year our state moves up three spots securing its standing as No. 5 in the best states to make a living.

The study states our cost of living and unemployment rate are very low and workplace conditions are above average.

However, slightly below-average incomes and above-average tax burdens hold take-home pay down a bit.

The rankings are based on things like average salary, cost of living, employment rate and workplace conditions.

Washington took the top spot as the best state for making a living with Texas, Minnesota and Colorado close behind.

The worst state for work is Hawaii followed by New York and Mississippi with lowest ranked working conditions.

All 50 states as ranked by working conditions in the 2014 MoneyRates.com analysis:

1. Washington
2. Texas
3. Minnesota
4. Colorado
5. Utah
6. North Dakota
7. Virginia
8. Nevada
9. Oklahoma
10. Nebraska
11. Illinois
12. Delaware
13. Georgia
14. Maryland
15. Iowa
16. Arizona
17. Wyoming
18. Massachusetts
19. Kansas
20. Indiana
21. Ohio
22. Montana
23. Tennessee
24. Wisconsin
25. North Carolina
26. South Dakota
27. Louisiana
28. Kentucky
29. California
30. New Hampshire
31. Vermont
32. Michigan
33. Florida
34. Idaho
35. Maine
36. Pennsylvania
37. West Virginia
38. Oregon
39. New Mexico
40. Missouri
41. South Carolina
42. New Jersey
43. Arkansas
44. Alabama
45. Alaska
46. Connecticut
47. Rhode Island
48. Mississippi
49. New York
50. Hawaii