Depending on your state, $100 isn’t worth $100

New data from the Beureau of Economic Analysis presented in a digestible map thanks to the Tax Foundation shows that $100 is not the same depending on the state you live in. Some have more buying power, but if you’re in New York or California those after tax dollars are not going  as far as in Alabama,  Mississippi or even Texas. Spurred on by our Cash-strapped Consumer investing theme, this suggests the population migration we’ve seen is likely to continue as part of our Aging of the Population investing theme.


The Tax Foundation released a map showing the relative value of $100 in every state compared with the national average using the data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

“Regional price differences are strikingly large; real purchasing power is 36 percent greater in Mississippi than it is in the District of Columbia,” the Tax Foundation wrote.

“In other words, by this measure, if you have $50,000 in after-tax income in Mississippi, you would have to have after-tax earnings of $68,000 in the District of Columbia just to afford the same overall standard of living.”

Source: This map shows what $100 is really worth in your state

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Chris Versace, Chief Investment Officer
I'm the Chief Investment Officer of Tematica Research and editor of Tematica Investing newsletter. All of that capitalizes on my near 20 years in the investment industry, nearly all of it breaking down industries and recommending stocks. In that time, I've been ranked an All Star Analyst by Zacks Investment Research and my efforts in analyzing industries, companies and equities have been recognized by both Institutional Investor and Thomson Reuters’ StarMine Monitor. In my travels, I've covered cyclicals, tech and more, which gives me a different vantage point, one that uses not only an ecosystem or food chain perspective, but one that also examines demographics, economics, psychographics and more when formulating my investment views. The question I most often get is "Are you related to…."

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