Data Sources: The Tax Foundation, Case Shiller, Moody's Analytics, the National Association of Realtors, Equifax, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Census Bureau.
Methodology: For home prices, income, tax burdens, and unemployment, states were divided up into 10 brackets based on their relative performance. For each category, states in the bottom bracket received 1 point, while states in the top bracket received 10 points. States with preferential tax treatment for capital gains got a two-point bonus. The maximum total score that a state could receive is 42 points.