The economy is looking better for workers these days. Unemployment rates are low, job growth is strong and wages are increasing. Still, to get a better job, you sometimes have to pack your bags and move across state lines.
But before you accept a job offer in another state, make sure you check out the cost of living in your prospective employer’s city. You’ll want to look at the cost of housing, of course, but you should consider the impact of state and local taxes on your bottom line, too. As our annual State-by-State Guide to Taxes shows, state tax rates are literally all over the map—and the difference between living in a high-tax or a low-tax state can be thousands of dollars each year, depending on your tax situation.