06/10/2014 12:35 am ET Updated Jun 10, 2014

The Best And Worst States To Make A Living In 2014

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Virginia declares itself to be “For Lovers” and Texas admonishes visitors not to “Mess With” it, while North Dakota simply describes itself as “Legendary.”

But does the quality of life and work in these states live up to the slogans?

To determine the Best And Worst States to Make a Living, personal finance site MoneyRates.com used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, C2ER, and the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index to examine average salary, cost of living, employment rate, and workplace conditions for each state and generate the ranking.