Forbes released the list of the top 10 best and worst states to earn a living.

Kathryn Dill, of the Forbes staff wrote the article and stated that scenic beauty had nothing to do with the results. Her rankings were completely based on healthy wages, manageable taxes, a low cost of living, and safe working environments.

Let's face it. It is really hard for most people to make ends meet these days and it is only getting harder for most folks.

So where did Montana fall on the list? I'll give you a hint, it wasn't good.

The top 10 best states to earn a living are:

  1. Texas
  2. Washington
  3. Wyoming
  4. Virginia
  5. Illinois
  6. Michigan
  7. Colorado
  8. Ohio
  9. Delaware
  10. Utah

The Top 10 Worst states to earn a living:

  1. Hawaii
  2. Oregon
  3. Maine
  4. West Virginia
  5. Vermont
  6. California
  7. Montana
  8. South Dakota
  9. Rhode Island
  10. Connecticut

Yep, Montana is the seventh worst state to earn a living in, right behind California, despite Montana having no sales tax.

Do you feel the pain living in this state, or are you and your family making ends meet just fine?

My thoughts are with you neighbors. Here is to a better year of getting our name off that list.