Most Expensive States

I’ve shared on here before that I live in Pennsylvania. PA has a high population of older adults (as proven by the fact that I have 2 retirement communities within a 2 mile radius of my house). Last I knew, the only state with more is, obviously, Florida. I could be wrong, like I said, it was the last I knew. I’ve always found this absolutely fascinating, by the way, especially because Pennsylvania gets really cold in the winter. Maybe it’s because the PA lottery helps older Pennsylvanians? I have no idea.

Because of the high number of retirees and the number of people who live in large cities (Philly and Pittsburgh), the cost of living in Pennsylvania isn’t that high. I’m usually fairly comfortable with my low income, and rental prices are pretty decent around here.

The other day, CNBC put out one of their slideshows talking about the most expensive states that you could live in in 2012. Honestly, I wasn’t surprised about many of them. I have friends who live in most of those states,

Most of these states are in the northeast. Look at them. Multiple states in New England and the Mid-Atlantic. Pennsylvania isn’t on this list, but almost every state that touches PA is. I’ve always known New England and New York to be expensive, and New Jersey makes sense because of the large number of commuters to NYC. And the fact that you can’t pump your own gas. Well, maybe that doesn’t have anything to do with it, cause Jersey gas is cheaper. I don’t know.

Alaska and Hawaii are pricey. Part of the reason for this has to be because of the fact that its expensive to get stuff out there. I talked on another blog I write for about a PR campaign that Taco Bell did by bringing 10,000 Doritos Locos tacos to Alaska after a big scam had gone on telling residents of a small Alaskan town that they were getting a Taco Bell. It’s just too expensive to try and get cheap food and such to these crazy remote places.

- My only surprise: Connecticut is the most expensive behind Hawaii and Alaska. I really, really thought that it would be New York City. But, Connecticut is a popular state to live in; I’m not surprised, it’s beautiful and the job market is halfway decent compared to other states. Sounds like it may be worth the higher cost of living to those who live there.

Do you live in any of these states? Have you seen some of the pains of living in these high-cost states? Do you live in a state that you think should have been on CNBC’s list? Why? Share some thoughts in the comments, have a great week, and we’ll see you back here next week!

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