7 US States So Expensive They Are Not Worth Moving To

Washington, D.C

With a cost-of-living index of 149.7, the annual cost-of-living expenditures in the nation s capital reach $109,232. Notably, healthcare costs rank as the second lowest on this list, averaging $7,156 annually.

Rhode Island

Despite its small size, Rhode Island boasts significant expenses, with an annual cost-of-living expenditure of $81,577 and utilities costing $17,249 annually, exceeding the national average.


With a cost-of-living index of 114.4, Connecticut's annual expenditures amount to $83,474, notably driven up by utilities, which cost $18,422 annually, above the national average.

New Hampshire

The annual cost-of-living expenditures in New Hampshire stand at $83,620, with healthcare costs ranking as the second-most expensive on this list at $8,623 annually, surpassing the national average.


Despite its scenic beauty, Vermont's cost-of-living index of 115.6 results in annual expenditures of $84,350, notably due to energy costs, which are about 21.2% higher than the national average.


With a state cost-of-living index of 125.3, Alaska's annual expenditures total $91,428, with healthcare costs being 52.1% above the national average, attributed to limited competition among medical providers and higher hospital profit margins.


California's cost-of-living index of 139.7 leads to annual expenditures of $101,935, with transportation costs being significant at $5,736 annually, primarily due to higher gas prices and limited public transportation options.