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Geography can transform a paycheck. That is: How much your wages are actually worth depends largely on where you live.

On some level, everyone understands that—even if you don’t have a firm grasp on precisely how far a $50,000 salary would go in California, compared with, say, Ohio. MONEY set out to find the answer, meshing average income data with a cost of living measurement for each state.