The grass isn’t always greener on the other side — unless you’re judging by the money it costs to live there.

Making a move for a better job can make you more money. But, it can also drain your accounts quicker than you can replace it — especially if you make the leap without considering the costs of living.

Before you pack and head out to another state, look at how much you can expect to make, and more importantly, how much it costs to live there.  From coast to coast, mountains to Pacific Islands — here are 10 of the most expensive states to live in America based on eight life necessities that affect your finances most.

Data sources include Zillow, The Tax Foundation, The Bureau of Economic Analysis, AAA gas prices, GOBankingRates, and Census.

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Article last modified on November 5, 2018 Published by Debt.com, LLC . Mobile users may also access the AMP Version: The 10 Worst States to Move to if You Want to Save Money - AMP.