One of Idaho's economic positives countering the state's low wages - the low cost of living - lost a bit of its luster in 2012.
The cost of living in Idaho was 93.6 percent of the national average that year, up from 92.8 percent in 2011, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Idaho ranked 31st in cost of living and was one of 27 states and the District of Columbia to see its cost of living increase relative to the national average in 2012. Idaho's average wage was $36,136 that year compared to the national average wage of $49,287.
Hawaii had the highest cost of living at 117.2 percent of the national average. Mississippi was lowest at 86.4 percent of the national average.