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Salary You Need to Be Happy in Your State

How Much Do You Need to Earn to Be Happy in Your State?

Happiness is always relative, but the last we heard, $75,000 was the optimal salary people need to make to be satisfied with their lot in life — no more, no less.

Of course, you may argue that this "rule" can't apply to everyone. After all, there's a different cost of living depending on where you live. Here's how much you need to be happy in the state you live in, according to data from Council for Community & Economic Research.

  • Mississippi: $65,850
  • Tennessee: $67,275
  • Kentucky: $67,500
  • Oklahoma: $67,800
  • Indiana: $68,025
  • Kansas: $68,475
  • Nebraska: $68,775
  • Alabama: $69,300
  • Iowa: $69,375
  • Arkansas: $69,375
  • Georgia: $69,575
  • Texas: $69,600
  • Utah: $69,750
  • Wyoming: $69,900
  • New Mexico: $70,050
  • Missouri: $70,275
  • Michigan: $70,425
  • Ohio: $70,575
  • Idaho: $70,650
  • Louisiana: $71,475
  • Illinois: $71, 625
  • South Carolina: $72, 075
  • Virgina: $72,750
  • North Carolina: $73,350
  • South Dakota: $73,725
  • West Virginia: $73,950
  • Montana: $73, 950
  • Wisconsin: $74,100
  • Florida: $74,775
  • Benchmark: $75,000
  • Nevada: $75,150
  • North Dakota: $75,300
  • Colorado: $75,300
  • Pennslyvania: $76,200
  • Minnesota: $76,350
  • Arizona: $76,350
  • Washington: $76,950
  • Delaware: $79, 275
  • Maine: $82,275
  • New Hampshire: $87,075
  • Vermont: $87,900
  • Maryland: $88,275
  • Rhode Island: $90,675
  • Massachusetts: $90,975
  • Oregon: $91,275
  • Connecticut: $93,900
  • California: $95,325
  • New Jersey: $95,700
  • Alaska: $98,850
  • New York: $99,150
  • District of Columbia: $104,700
  • Hawaii: $122,175
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