If you want to gain financial independence, one of the most significant choices you can make is where to live. Your cost of living, especially housing, determines your savings rate, which in turn determines when you can be financially independent.
In other words - find a cheaper place to live, retire earlier (this is sometimes called geoarbitrage). Use the dashboard below to explore the cost of living and other factors across the US (only available on desktop).
Sunlight & precipitation: CDC Wonder
Home/rental prices, Education, Politics: American Community Survey
Tax burden: Tax Policy Center
Data last updated: July 2021