This is an interesting data site for exploring differences between the states.
I’ve always wondered about the cost of living in Michigan compared to other states, and, have to say that I was a little surprised to learn how expensive we are!
For the young looking to set out in for growing areas of the country, I would want to review the data here.
The index is made up of 6 major indexes (Economics, demographics, family structure, family self-sufficiency, family culture, and family health), each made up of 5 sub-indexes.
Some examples of the sub-indexes include: cost of living, household income, mortality, marriages and divorces, and crime data between the states.