I got a big raise but that wasn't the important part. I could never move to a place where I don't want to live for money. Living close to the water and beach was most important. Tired of sliding around on the ice, cold rain, idiots on the road driving when the roads are bad.
Housing is just as cheap as Missouri if you will live 5 minutes from the beach or water. Cost of living is the same. No state tax.
People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.