The best state to stretch your dollar furthest? That's right, you guessed it: Mississippi.
1. Mississippi, $115.74
2. Arkansas, $114.16
3. Missouri, $113.51
4. Alabama, 113.51
5. South Dakota, $113.38
Generally speaking, places with high incomes also have high prices. As The Tax Foundation explains, "A person who makes $40,000 a year after tax in Kentucky would need to have after-tax earnings of $53,000 in Washington, DC just in order to have an equal standard of living, let alone feel richer".
Before anyone gets their undies in a bunch, that doesn't mean Biloxi is better than San Francisco. It just means that relative to the cost of living, your dollars simply buy a lot more outside the country's biggest metro areas. It makes sense.