When you’re stuck in a dead-end job, you may wish for the ability to change your surroundings. You may wish to move to a place where it is easier and cheaper to live. However, in a dead-end job, it is hard to make enough money to make any changes to your surroundings. You may be stuck living in a high tax state or a state with horrible traffic congestion making your commute to said dead-end job all the more emotionally taxing. On the other hand, if you have a good job, like the kind you’d qualify for once having earned a nursing assistant degree, you can exert far more control over your situation. Get that nursing assistant degree and you’ll be earning a significant amount more than you would be working in food service or retail. And with that extra money, you could move to a state with an overall lower tax burden so you’ll keep more of what you earn. Plus, given that there are plenty of good jobs in nearly every US market for people with nursing assistant degrees, you could elect to begin your career in an area where there isn’t a ridiculous amount of traffic for commuting. So how would one go about locating the perfect location with low state tax burdens and acceptably painless commutes? Glad you asked. Here are a couple of articles to help point you in the right direction. Here’s a piece that shows what states pay the highest state taxes (to be avoided) and another piece that shows the ten worst commute corridors (also to be avoided).