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Here are MoneyRates.com's 10 best states for earning a living, as well as each state's corresponding annual adjusted average income:

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1. Illinois $41,987
The unemployment rate isn't low, but the state benefits from relatively high average wages, a low state tax rate and a below-average cost of living.
2. Washington
$41,456 The cost of living may be above average, but so is the typical income, and with no state income tax, you'll keep more of what you earn.
3. Texas
$41,427   
Texas has no income tax, along with a relatively low cost of living and unemployment rate.
4. Virginia $41,120 Virginia has high average wages and a relatively low unemployment rate.
5. Delaware
$39,105
Delaware's strength is its high average wages.
6.Massachusetts
$38,665
The high cost of living in Massachusetts is counterbalanced by the highest average wage levels of any state.
7. Georgia
$38,228 A combination of a low cost of living, solid average wages and great banks help Georgia rank high.
8. Tennessee
$38,038 A very low cost of living helps Tennessee overcome relatively low wage levels. The state's taxes don't apply to wages, so you'll keep more of what you make.
9. Colorado
$38,020 High average wages and a reasonable state tax burden helped Colorado make the list.
10. Minnesota
$37,722 Minnesota has relatively high average wages and below-average unemployment.

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