We covered the implications — how you might use the data to compare income or rent in one state with another — when the Bureau of Economic Analysis released the data in April, and today the Tax Foundation published the following map based on the same data to show how far $100 would go in each state.
You’d squeeze the most out of $100 in Mississippi, where you could use it to buy $115.74 worth of goods and services, relative to the national average. Arkansas comes next, followed by Missouri, Alabama and South Dakota. The state where $100 falls flattest is Hawaii, where that same $100 gets you only $85.32. (D.C., though not a state, is even worse: It would buy you just $84.60 in goods.)
As the Tax Foundation post’s authors note, those differences have real implications on how people choose where to live, how states or cities choose to tax and even who has access to government assistance programs. Check out the original post for more.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post incorrectly identified the state where $100 goes furthest after Mississippi. It is Arkansas.