The Financial States of America – Interactive Map

Ever wonder how well your state ranks up with the other states with regards to money? Well, now you can find out. My friends over at moneychoice.org created this sweet interactive infographic that allows you to see all 50 states and how they rank with each other. I think it is brilliant. You can see how your state ranks for median home income, GDP, number of millionaires, poverty rate, tax burden, and more. There is a wealth of knowledge here.

My state, North Carolina, is doing well with GDP, but we don’t have many millionaires, and our poverty rate and tax burden aren’t that great. We also don’t have a good unemployment number, but that doesn’t surprise me with the amount of manufacturing jobs that left this state. I like to see how my state compares along with how I compare.

I encourage you to take some time to play with the interactive infographic below and see where your state ranks. What do you think of the numbers? Would you move to another state if your current one was not doing well financially?

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37 comments
Matt Becker says September 18

MA is 6th for median income but only 24th for poverty rate. I guess that means we have some work to do to close the income gap.

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DC @ Young Adult Money says September 18

That’s a cool little graphic. Looks like Minnesota is doing alright. I would definitely NOT move just based on my state’s financial standing, though I would move for a job if it was the right opportunity.

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    Laurie says September 19

    I wouldn’t move either. I just adapt and keep on going!

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Taynia || The Fiscal Flamingo says September 18

That’s a groovy little map. I’m NC too. I don’t plan on leaving anytime soon for greener pastures. I left a state full of jobs, no state income tax and free money (Alaska) to come here. It costs more to live here (although the “experts” disagree) but I couldn’t give up the beach. Our long term plan involves going overseas but wherever we head, you can bet a beach will be there.

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    Laurie says September 19

    Didn’t know you were also in NC. I love the ability to go to the beach and the mountains in just a few hours. It is quite nice.

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Laurie @thefrugalfarmer says September 18

Very cool map, Grayson! We did pretty well here in MN with all of our numbers, but I’m still not sure that outweighs the cold winters, at least for us. NC’s looking might fine to us as we approach another winter. 🙂

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    Laurie says September 19

    NC doesn’t have cold winters, but some say we do. That is all based on one’s opinion. I think our winter’s are a great temperature. It barely snows here.

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John S @ Frugal Rules says September 18

Very cool graphic Grayson! We’re 2nd for employment here in Nebraska, which I knew we were doing good with as we were sheltered a bit from the downturn. Our millionaires are low, but we do pretty good per capita. I would definitely look at another state if they were doing better financially.

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    Laurie says September 19

    I didn’t know that Nebraska was doing that well for employment.

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Josh (CNAFinance.com) says September 18

That’s pretty neat. I never even thought to look at that! What a cool graphic!

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Broke Millennial says September 18

This is really cool! Not too surprised with NY, especially after living in two vastly different areas of the state. If Buffalo and Rochester could get back in the game, economically, it could really boost NY’s ranking!

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    Laurie says September 19

    It is strange that there are so many places in the US that are so vastly different.

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Kurt @ Money Counselor says September 18

Interesting how the highest median income states are mostly clustered around the ‘money centers’–Wall Street and Washington, D.C.!

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Andrew@LivingRichCheaply says September 18

New York…but more specifically NYC has a lot of millionaires and a high median income but the cost of living is so much higher that it is offset. And I’m sure a lot of the millionaires are dragging up that median too.

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    Laurie says September 19

    I agree with you there! I didn’t realize that Maryland has the highest number of millionaires.

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Romona @Monasez says September 18

Being a graduate of with an urban studies degree, I am fascinated by infographics.I will definitely check it out.

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Stefanie @ The Broke and Beautiful Life says September 18

I’m shocked that Connecticut is orange. There are a few cities with noticeable poverty, but as a whole, I’ve always thought of it as more of a yellow state or at least a dark red.

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slug | sunkcostsareirrelevant.com says September 18

I wonder if that tax burden number will shift with all the changes in tax policy by McCrory and his minions.

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moneystepper says September 18

Cool map. I’m sure the average living costs are about proportional to that aswell??

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Peter says September 18

Last I heard, CA was going bankrupt. I guess not, the numbers look pretty good. Great info.

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    Laurie says September 19

    Parts of CA are going bankrupt. That state is still horribly managed, but they still get a lot of revenue in.

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Charles@Gettingarichlife.com says September 19

Hey Grayson great map,
My state is one of the most expensive but we are #1 in well being. Our residents live the longest in the United States, how much is a few years of your life worth?

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    Laurie says September 19

    There are always trade offs. People just have to pick which ones they want to trade for the others.

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Jon Haver @ PayMyStudentLoans.com says September 20

cool graphic! I am not surprised with NC, but I have no plan to leave the place very soon.

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Kyle | Rather-Be-Shopping.com says September 20

I live in CA. This is a bit skewed as CA is such an inexpensive place to live. I’d rather live in Idaho, have a smaller salary, and live way better!

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    Laurie says September 20

    Did you mean CA is such an *expensive place to live? It is extremely expensive there for many of the cities. I agree with you about living in a different area with a smaller salary and enjoying life more.

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Jack says September 20

Great infographic, thanks for sharing.

California – so high on GDP, but just moseying along for median income. Don’t even get me started on home prices…

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KK @ Student Debt Survivor says September 20

Living in the metro NYC area it’s sometimes easy to forget that salaries are very inflated (as are housing prices). The $50k median household income in NYC basically means you’re living in poverty. While $50k in other parts of the country probably gives you a pretty good quality of life.

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MMD | IRA vs 401k Central says September 23

Darn! Why is Michigan (my home state) always on the low end of these types of surveys? It’s really surprising to me that my online income goal could someday eclipse the median household income of my area.

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