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Illinois ranks #5 on Forbes list for the "Five Best States to Make a Living in 2015," based on its roll-up of data such as average wages, taxes, cost of living, unemployment rates, and incidents of workplace safety.

Noted in this video rankings spotlight, Illinois boasts average income of $48,780, state tax on income averaging $1,759 and an unemployment rate of 6%.

Rounding out the top 5 list are Virginia (#4), Wyoming (#3), Washington (#2), and, surprise, surprise, Texas, whose average household income is $45,330, and state tax on average income is a big, honkin' $0.00. Unemployment rate is 4.2%.

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