Kansas has received an economic ego boost thanks to a survey that ranks the state ninth nationally for offering workers the best conditions for making a living.
The survey, released Monday by MoneyRates.com, ranked states based on income, taxes, cost of living, unemployment and workplace conditions. The study is intended to provide the “unemployed and underemployed with insight into which states offer the best job-related conditions,” said MoneyRates analyst Richard Barrington.
“It’s not a level playing field,” Barrington said in the report. “The opportunity to make a living is just much better in some places than in others.”
Based on the data, Washington was ranked highest, followed by Virginia, Colorado, Texas, Wyoming, Minnesota, Nebraska and Utah.
As for Kansas, the study said: “Income may be below average, but a low cost-of-living and unemployment rate make up for that, while an above-average ranking for its work environment provides an additional benefit.”
Missouri finished 14th in the survey.
The worst state for making a living is Hawaii, according to the report. The state’s high cost of living and relatively high state tax burden contributed to its poor rating, the study said. Other states on the bottom of the list included Mississippi, Rhode Island, New York, South Carolina and New Jersey.