9. New Jersey
On housing alone, New Jersey is ranked as one of the most expensive states in the country. Always referred to as the Garden State, New Jersey is close to New York City and Philadelphia. The value of a median home in New Jersey is pegged at $327,700, and an average person in the country may not be able to afford it. Also, the individual income tax rate is 10.75%, as well as a 41¢ gas tax. But, apart from that, New Jersey houses five top educational systems in the United States.