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These Are The Most (And Least) Costly US States For Single Workers, 2024

US States For Single Workers

What is the minimum salary required for a single person to survive in each state of the United States? The cost of living can vary greatly depending on where you live and work. According to a recent study by CEOWORLD magazine, the minimum amount a single person needs to meet the 50/30/20 budget is $112,411 in Hawaii, which is the highest in the country. This data was collected from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to this plan, half of our income will be spent on covering our basic needs such as housing and utilities, while 30% will be allotted for discretionary spending. The remaining 20% will be saved or invested.

It’s interesting to note that in Hawaii, the living wage for single, full-time workers is more than twice the median income in the United States, which is $57,200 according to the Labor Bureau. In comparison, Mississippi’s living wage is only $45,906, according to data from CEOWORLD magazine. Let’s take a closer look at the states that are the most and least expensive for single workers, based on the yearly income required to meet their basic needs.

It’s not surprising that Hawaii has the highest cost of living, as it’s a remote archipelago where most goods are shipped by sea, leading to higher prices for consumers. Additionally, limited land availability has caused home prices to skyrocket. Additionally, Massachusetts, California, and New York are also notorious for high costs of living, mainly due to cities like Boston, Los Angeles, and New York City having some of the most expensive housing in the country.

After considering all the relevant factors, it becomes evident that the median income of $57,200 earned by a single worker is sufficient to meet the living wage in only 30 states. This is a challenging reality for many Americans who are struggling to make ends meet. For those who aren’t in a relationship, it can be even more difficult to make ends meet. Such individuals may have to give up certain luxuries and make tough choices to make ends meet.

The 50/30/20 budget is a widely used guide for determining a livable wage. However, this approach isn’t always practical, especially as housing costs continue to rise. As a result, people often have to make compromises to make ends meet. For instance, they may need to reduce their retirement contributions or cut out other expenses, such as owning a car. In major cities with high living costs, having a roommate is often the only option for a single person to cover their living expenses. Couples may be able to save some money by splitting mortgage or rent payments, but this isn’t possible for single individuals. Therefore, they end up spending much more on housing each year compared to married individuals.

The region where one lives also has a significant impact on the cost of living. People earning around $57,200 can easily afford to live in the more rural states of the South and Midwest, where the cost of living is significantly lower. This is mainly due to the difference in housing prices. The median home prices in the South and Midwest are $311,800 and $366,600, respectively, which is considerably less than the overall U.S. median of $410,200, as reported by the National Association of Realtors.

The Most (And Least) Costly US States For Single Workers, 2024

RankStateAnnual living wage for a single personQuality/cost of healthcare rankWell-being rankCrime rank
1Hawaii$112,411 12132
2Massachusetts$87,909 271110
3California$80,013 61538
4New York$73,226 30415
5Alaska$71,570 382749
6Maryland$67,915 122029
7Vermont$65,923 1474
8Oregon$65,763 5928
9Washington$65,640 23034
10New Jersey$64,463 26133
11Connecticut$63,078 954
12New Hampshire$62,935 3181
13Maine$60,862 17102
14Arizona$60,026 101841
15Rhode Island$59,936 2057
16Colorado$59,218 12837
17Idaho$58,634 3456
18Nevada$58,580 231740
19Virginia$57,293 15329
20Florida$57,064 21327
21Montana$57,056 81229
22Delaware$56,571 37236
23Utah$55,293 44318
24Pennsylvania$53,838 221412
25North Carolina$53,531 293432
26Wisconsin$53,122 162112
27North Dakota$52,807 403918
28South Carolina$52,222 321946
29South Dakota$52,095 432422
30Minnesota$51,668 72517
31New Mexico$51,214 192150
32Texas$50,497 364738
33Ohio$50,157 453520
34Louisiana$50,087 444148
35Michigan$50,049 242926
36Indiana$49,855 485022
37Wyoming$49,666 38167
38Illinois$49,372 342125
39Georgia$49,051 354229
40Nebraska$49,009 183721
41Tennessee$48,774 413645
42Iowa$48,518 113112
43Missouri$47,771 283242
44West Virginia$47,732 502616
45Kansas$47,379 253835
46Kentucky$47,318 474911
47Arkansas$47,111 334446
48Alabama$46,577 464044
49Oklahoma$46,024 424842
50Mississippi$45,906 494622

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