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America's most expensive states in 2014

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10. Maryland

Maryland has been known as the Free State since 1864, but the nickname couldn't be further from the average cost of living in the 10th most expensive state. Even potato chips and a 2-liter of Coke are going to cost you: $4.13 and $1.76, respectively. The national average for the same snack is more like $3.62 and $1.56.

  • 2014 Cost of Living rank: #41 (10th most expensive)
  • 2014 Cost of Living score: 10 (out of 50)
  • 2013 Cost of Living rank: #42 (9th most expensive)
  • Avg. home price (Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick Metro): $583,838
  • Half gallon of milk: $2.57
  • Pound of ground beef: $3.46
  • Monthly energy bill: $210.11
  • Doctor visit: $84.89
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