How much are you willing to pay to live in the state of your choice? While you might be willing to shell out a little more for the basics, a high cost of living is a negative for businesses looking for any edge to attract qualified workers.
Our Cost of Living category in America's Top States for Business scores all 50 states based on the average cost of essentials, including food, shelter and clothing. The lower the rank, the more expensive the state. The category is worth 75 points. You can see our full study and our methodology here.
Click ahead to visit America's most expensive states to live in, along with some average prices in the most expensive areas of each state. Price data is based on the 2015 Annual Average Cost of Living Index by the Council for Community and Economic Research, C2ER.