America’s 50 states make up a nation that is varied both demographically and economically. The recent recession, while affecting all states, hit some areas much harder than others. The recovery has been rapid in some regions of the country and a long time coming for other areas. A look at major economic statistics, such as average income, poverty rates, employment levels and overall tax burden presents a telling picture of the current state of each of America’s states. This information is especially helpful for people who are considering relocating to a more prosperous area of the country in search of a better job or a lower cost of living.