Leaving California: What state is the best bargain?

Rising economic uncertainty coupled with high inflation has some folks thinking California’s too expensive to call home.

So as a public service – not to mention a chance to highlight a financial lesson or two – my trusty spreadsheet did some bargain hunting for anybody contemplating a departure from the Golden State.

Let me note that any state-by-state scorecard is a rough estimate of the ranking’s target. Results will suggest the winners and losers for a hypothetical but typical household. And no matter the grading formula, it won’t fit all as every potential relocation involves a decidedly different financial situation.

With the caveats noted, my scorecard was based on measuring

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