Oregon joins its fellow West Coast neighbors on the most expensive list, thanks to the high cost of beachfront housing—the median home value is nearly $350,000, according to Zillow. But Oregon currently has a red-hot economy, making the high cost of living there a little easier to bear for its residents.
This bustling state serves as a suburb of the nation's capital and has several large cities of its own, driving up housing costs throughout the state. It ranked well above average for every standard expense of living—except health care—according to MERIC.
Massachusetts has bragging rights for the smartest residents, thanks to its top-rated educational system and being home to some of the finest higher education institutions in the country. But it's also well above average for every cost of living, from housing to health care, and sports a not-so-insignificant 5.05 percent income tax rate and nearly 27¢ gas tax. Surprisingly, visiting can also be pricey—Boston ranks as the most expensive U.S. city to book a hotel room.
15 Most Expensive States to Live in the United States, Source:https://www.rd.com/culture/most-expensive-states-to-live-in/