Why is the cost of living so high in Colorado?

Most expensive states to live in

Clearly nobody else understands reality.

,The cost of living is high because of California.

Yeah, I said it.

,Our governor wants to run the state like California, which requires high taxes.

But the problem is, we donu2019t have 27M people to pay for it all.

And, we have TABOR, so they canu2019t just arbitrarily raise taxes (thank you voters of 1992 for doing something to limit leftist spending).

Instead, they create a bunch of BS u201cfeesu201d for every little thing.

A toll road which in most states would be about $2u20133 to travel on is $25 here.

We put toll lanes on our regular highways, taking away one of the normal lanes, making the highways MORE crowded.

,So what happened? After the tech boom in CA, and the upcoming (at the time) tech boom coming to Colorado, the IT pros in silicon valley saw their shanties worth $700u2013900k and then figured out that they could do the same job for a little less money in Colorado, but could buy 10x the house here.

So they sell their stuff, move here.

But with $300k in equity when they sold, they can pretty much out-bid anyone.

So if thereu2019s a house they want thatu2019s listed for $400k, they can offer $500k and outbid everyone.

This has caused skyrocketing housing costs.

That means the price of everything goes up.

,Then pot legalization attracted literally 100k homeless people, and hundreds of thousands of others, moving here for the u201clegal drugsu201d.

,It has nothing to do with mountains, or outdoors, or how u201cbeautifulu201d our kindling and dirt brown state is.

Itu2019s economics.

Colorado has been Californicated.

What is the cheapest and safest state to live in

According to research I found in google.

,For 2022 its :,MISSISSIPPI,ARKANSAS,OKLAHOMA,MISSOURI,ALABAMA,Nice but I am not sure I want to live in Arkansas.

,Oklahoma, Iu2019ve been thereu2026 boring beyong imaginaion.

If you are happy with driving around and working and then going home to watch tv because there is nothing else to do then Oklahoma is right for you.

,Missouri does not attract me in any way.

(I am just not a fan of the midwest),Alabama or Mississippi (I could do as long as it is the coastal areau2026.

Biloxi or Mobile sounds interesting.

),I regret not buying a house when I had the chance in Charleston SC.

Cheapest to most expensive states to live in

Least expensive states in AmericaAccording to the most recent statistics, these are the least expensive states in which to reside (with average annual cost of living expenses per household included):,Mississippi ($48,932),Arkansas ($51,097),New Mexico ($51,287),Oklahoma ($51,818),Tennessee ($52,251),(A neighborhood in Mississippi),Obviously, the problem with more affordable states is that the average salary is often lower as well, so the struggle to cover the cost of living might be even greater.

In fact, Mississippi, Arkansas, and New Mexico not only rank as the top three most affordable states, but they respectively have the lowest average household income as well.

Even worse, the average cost of living per household in all three states exceeds the average household income!,Meanwhile, the most expensive states were unsurprisingly Hawaii and New York.

,Where do salaries exceed the cost of living by the highest amount?To see which states have salaries significantly higher than the cost of living, you can read my Quora answer here.

Cheapest states to live in rent

Harlingen, TX.

,How much would you pay for this .

74 acres house with a pool in your city?,Itu2019s only $316k in Harlingen.

,Now whatu2019s in Harlingen? Not much.

Itu2019s boring and HOT.

And you will probably need to be bilingual to get a job.

Job prospects suck.

Median household gross income is $38k! And rent is about $700.

Weather 105+ F or 40 Celsius.

,But on the plus side itu2019s really close to the beach (the best in Texas supposedly-South Padre Island) and to Mexico if thatu2019s your thing (which means cheap dental and doctors and cheap flights to Mexico.

.

about $50).

The center of Mexico is closer than New Orleans.

,South Padre IslandYouu2019re pretty much alienated from the rest of the US.

It takes about 2 hours to fly to Dallas but also 2 hours to reach the Mexican Caribbean.

Con or Pro? You decide.

,If youu2019re White, Black or Asian youu2019re a minority and you probably have money or a nice job.

You see a black or Indian guy shopping at Walmart? Chances are heu2019s a Doctor or business owner.

,Expect to eat Mexican food a lot.

Also expect markets and stores to offer some fruits, spices and foods youu2019ve never seen before.

Also, everyone or almost everybody is overweight.

Blame it on all the restaurant and food choices (the best of USA and Mexico) and weekly barbecues.

Itu2019s extremely slow-paced.

,Not an ideal place for a motivated young adult with career prospects.

Everyone flocks to Austin in drovesu2026

Cheapest states to live in 2022

CA, OR, and WA.

No one needs to hold a u201cpaper trailu201d job in Left Coast metro cities.

Why not? Because low wage workers never vote Republican.

The 10 cheapest states to live in

Harlingen, TX.

,How much would you pay for this .

74 acres house with a pool in your city?,Itu2019s only $316k in Harlingen.

,Now whatu2019s in Harlingen? Not much.

Itu2019s boring and HOT.

And you will probably need to be bilingual to get a job.

Job prospects suck.

Median household gross income is $38k! And rent is about $700.

Weather 105+ F or 40 Celsius.

,But on the plus side itu2019s really close to the beach (the best in Texas supposedly-South Padre Island) and to Mexico if thatu2019s your thing (which means cheap dental and doctors and cheap flights to Mexico.

.

about $50).

The center of Mexico is closer than New Orleans.

,South Padre IslandYouu2019re pretty much alienated from the rest of the US.

It takes about 2 hours to fly to Dallas but also 2 hours to reach the Mexican Caribbean.

Con or Pro? You decide.

,If youu2019re White, Black or Asian youu2019re a minority and you probably have money or a nice job.

You see a black or Indian guy shopping at Walmart? Chances are heu2019s a Doctor or business owner.

,Expect to eat Mexican food a lot.

Also expect markets and stores to offer some fruits, spices and foods youu2019ve never seen before.

Also, everyone or almost everybody is overweight.

Blame it on all the restaurant and food choices (the best of USA and Mexico) and weekly barbecues.

Itu2019s extremely slow-paced.

,Not an ideal place for a motivated young adult with career prospects.

Everyone flocks to Austin in drovesu2026

Map of cheapest states to live in

First, Manhattan is the most expensive borough.

,Here is a map of NYC with approximate rents.

,The cheapest part of Manhattan, by far, is Washington Heights.

,The cheapest part of NYC is probably some place on Staten Island (not shown on map).

Several areas of the southern part of the Bronx are also less expensive than the rest of the city.

Most expensive states to live in 2022

I was about to dismiss this question and move on, but then I stopped and reconsidered.

Not only is this an incisive and thought-provoking question in its own right, itu2019s also something Iu2019ve been pondering of late.

,San DiegoSo letu2019s be up-front about the cost of living in California.

,Most Expensive States To Live in 2022California is the third most expensive state in the United States.

It has a cost-of-living index of 142.

2.

Because California has the highest gas prices, transportation costs are the countryu2019s second-highest.

Housing costs are twice the national average, with a typical single-family home priced at $683,996.

The average two-bedroom apartment in California rents for $1,614.

However, costs run much higher in major metropolitan areas like Los Angeles and San Francisco, both of which have some of the highest rents in the country.

,San FranciscoOuch.

High gas prices, high housing costs.

Those two factors alone make California a daunting place to live, unless you make such ridiculously large amounts of money that you can absorb those costs.

,And itu2019s not as if youu2019re getting what you pay for in California, either.

Due to the beautiful weather and decades of Democratic mismanagement, California has the highest homeless population in the countryu2014160,000 as of 2020.

Living in any decent-sized Californian city means putting up with this nonsense:,(Yes, that guy is cleaning up human feces.

),Now, letu2019s be up-front about the weather in California.

Itu2019s f***ing great:,The vast majority of California has whatu2019s called a u201cMediterranean climateu201du2014dry summers and warm, wet winters.

The coastal areas are even nicer, with the ocean moderating the temperature and creating substantially cooler summers and warmer winters (although it tends to be rainier and foggier in those areas).

Most places in California see well over 150 sunny days a year, some places many more.

,Los Angelesu2026but therein lies the problem.

The California weather is so unequivocally awesome that everybody wants to live there: owners of big businesses (which create opportunity for hundreds of thousands of workers and employees who also want to live in California), retirees, expatriates, immigrants, and of course those aforementioned 160,000 homeless people.

The stateu2019s meteorological desirability, combined with ill-advised environmental and economic policies on the part of Californiau2019s Democrat-controlled government, drives the stateu2019s housing prices and its cost of living through the goddamn roof.

Santa CruzI love California, except for the politics.

Iu2019d love to be able to tell you that the weather is worth the sky-high cost of living there, but unfortunately I canu2019t personally bring myself to believe that it isu2026especially when the state and city governments could so easily decrease that cost by loosening their draconian environmental regulations, gas taxes and fees, building codes, and rent controls.

(Not to mention all the problems the state has with earthquakes, wildfires, and air pollution, which render the question of decent weather moot, in my estimation.

) Everyone is entitled to their own opinion on the matter, but if you want my two cents, Californiau2019s climate is not worth the staggering expenseu2026nor all the hidden costs.

,And thatu2019s saying something, because Californiau2019s climate is fantastic.