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The Most Expensive States To Live In 2011

Source: ACCRA Cost of Living Index

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The Most Expensive States To Live

You won’t get more for your money in these ten states.

With the launch of CNBC's fifth annual edition of "America's Top States For Business ," we decided to take a look at the cost of a variety of items in the nation's ten most expensive states. In the CNBC study, states are ranked using a 50-point scale—the lower the score, the higher the cost of living, and vice versa.

Interestingly enough, some of the states with the highest cost of living also had some of the highest scores in the quality-of-life category, so maybe you do get what you pay for. That said, only one of the ten states in the slides ahead managed to rank among the top ten overall in this year’s Top States for Business study. Cost of living may not be among the top criteria for a business, but it can be a big consideration for employees in the state.

To cover as much ground as possible, we included one item related to housing, transportation, health, food and entertainment. It includes the average cost of a single-family home, the best-selling cholesterol drug Lipitor, a movie theatre-ticket, a doctor’s visit and a gallon of gasoline in the most expensive metropolitan areas of each of the ten states using data from the ACCRA Cost of Living Index.ACCRA’s numbers reflect the average prices from Q1 2010 through Q1 2011.

So, which states have the highest cost of living? Click ahead to find out!

By Paul Toscano
Posted June 28, 2011

Note: Though there is a high correlation with this basket of goods and the CNBC's cost-of-living rankings, the items and prices listed are not the same as those used in the ACCRA index.

Source: ACCRA Cost of Living Index