The Cost of Utilities: Which States Pay the Most?

Which State Has the Most Expensive Utilities?

Let’s face it: Nobody likes paying utility bills. They pop up each month and keep you from putting your paycheck toward more exciting areas of your budget, like your vacation fund or that cheese of the month club you’ve always wanted to join.

No matter what you’re saving for, utility bills are a burden we all have to bear. But which states’ residents bear the largest burden?

We crunched the numbers so you can see how the average monthly utility costs in your state stack up against the rest.

Factors we considered

We broke down each state’s utility costs into a few distinct categories:

  • Electricity
  • Natural gas
  • Internet
  • Cable
  • Water

To calculate electricity and natural gas costs, we multiplied average national consumption rates by the average cost for these services in each state—individual bills may vary depending on actual usage.

When determining internet costs, we look at a service level that included speeds of 60 Mbps, unlimited data, and Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL).

State-by-state information was unavailable for cable and water, so we used the national averages to supply those figures for each state.

You can learn more about our ranking criteria in our methodology section.

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National average utility cost

UtilityNational average cost per month
Electricy$125.22
Natural gas$100.53
Internet (60 Mbps)$62.33
Cable$100
Water$40
Total cost of utilities$422.08
Utility
Electricy
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
National average cost per month
$125.22
$100.53
$62.33
$100
$40
$422.08

The top 10 least expensive states for utilities

  1. Idaho
  2. Utah
  3. Montana
  4. Washington
  5. Nevada
  6. Louisiana
  7. Oregon
  8. South Dakota
  9. Arkansas
  10. Wisconsin

Complete state rankings

We ranked all fifty states from most to least expensive average monthly utility costs. Take a look below to see where your state sits on our list.

#1: Hawaii

Life in Hawaii isn’t all fun in the sun.

The Aloha State’s utilities are upward of $200 more than the second most expensive state, Alaska, thanks largely to staggeringly high electricity and natural gas costs on the islands.

UtilityCost per monthRank
Electricity$300.041
Natural gas$232.201
Internet (60 Mbps)$58.6231
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$730.861
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Rank
$300.04 1
$232.20 1
$58.62 31
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$730.86 1

#2: Alaska

While it may not surprise you that Alaska lands so high on our list, the reasons it earned the number two spot might.

Alaskans pay more for internet than anyone else in the nation, spending an average of $107.43 for a 60 Mbps connection. Couple that with the second-highest electricity costs on our list, and you can see why Alaska is the second-most expensive state for utilities.

Alaska’s natural gas is quite affordable, however, if that’s any consolation.

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$210.172
Natural gas$70.3642
Internet (60 Mbps)$107.431
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$527.962
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$210.17 2
$70.36 42
$107.43 1
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$527.96 2

#3: Rhode Island

Rhode Island might be the smallest state in the union, but it certainly doesn’t have the smallest utility bills.

Rhode Island’s electricity, natural gas, and internet all land within the top ten most expensive for each category with its average internet bill costing the second-most in the country.

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$163.529
Natural gas$141.044
Internet (60 Mbps)$77.422
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$521.983
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$163.52 9
$141.04 4
$77.42 2
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$521.98 3

#4: Connecticut

Right next door to our number three state is state number four: Connecticut.

Electricity costs are mostly to blame for Connecticut’s high overall utility bill, but its natural gas costs are much higher than most as well at an average of $114.11 per month.

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$187.293
Natural gas$114.1114
Internet (60 Mbps)$54.6747
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$496.074
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$187.29 3
$114.11 14
$54.67 47
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$496.07 4

#5: New York

New York cracks the top five for the country’s most expensive utility costs. Although natural gas and internet costs land squarely in the middle of the rankings, the Empire State has the seventh most expensive power bill at $173.84.

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$173.847
Natural gas$102.7624
Internet (60 Mbps)$60.7125
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$477.315
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$173.84 7
$102.76 24
$60.71 25
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$477.31 5

#6: New Hampshire

New Hampshire isn’t too far behind New York when it comes to total utility costs. In fact, New Hampshire’s total average utility bill of $477.02 is only twenty-nine cents cheaper than New York’s.

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$169.358
Natural gas$107.6720
Internet (60 Mbps)$60.0027
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$477.026
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$169.35 8
$107.67 20
$60.00 27
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$477.02 6

#7: South Carolina

Generally speaking, electricity is the largest contributor to a state’s total utility costs, but that’s not the case in South Carolina.

South Carolina’s natural gas bill is the second highest in the nation at $150.03. That’s not the only expensive utility in the state, however. South Carolina’s internet bill also falls within the top ten most expensive in the country.

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$116.2520
Natural gas$150.032
Internet (60 Mbps)$67.509
Cable$100National average
Water$40National average
Total cost of utilities$473.787
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$116.25 20
$150.03 2
$67.50 9
$100 National average
$40 National average
$473.78 7

#8: Massachusetts

You may have noticed a pattern: the northeastern states tend to have the most expensive electricity rates in the country. Massachusetts ranks as the fourth most expensive state for electricity with monthly rates reaching $185.05 on average.

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$185.054
Natural gas$79.6636
Internet (60 Mbps)$64.4216
Cable$100National average
Water$40National average
Total cost of utilities$469.138
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$185.05 4
$79.66 36
$64.42 16
$100 National average
$40 National average
$469.13 8

#9: Vermont

Vermont has the tenth most expensive electricity cost on our list and a much higher natural gas bill than our number eight state, Massachusetts. However, lower internet costs help residents save a bit of money and put Vermont at number nine overall.

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$160.2010
Natural gas$110.4318
Internet (60 Mbps)$57.6737
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$468.309
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$160.20 10
$110.43 18
$57.67 37
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$468.30 9

#10: Maine

Maine rounds out the top ten for our most expensive states for utilities. Both electricity and natural gas put a pretty big dent in residents’ budgets.

If you’re looking for cheap internet, however, Maine may be the state for you.

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$146.3011
Natural gas$132.047
Internet (60 Mbps)$46.1150
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$464.4510
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$146.30 11
$132.04 7
$46.11 50
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$464.45 10

#11: Georgia

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$110.1528
Natural gas$141.193
Internet (60 Mbps)$6418
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$455.3411
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$110.15 28
$141.19 3
$64 18
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$455.34 11

#12: Florida

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$101.2739
Natural gas$135.725
Internet (60 Mbps)$725
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$448.9912
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$101.27 39
$135.72 5
$72 5
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$448.99 12

#13: Ohio

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$114.6822
Natural gas$135.366
Internet (60 Mbps)$57.2638
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$447.3013
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$114.68 22
$135.36 6
$57.26 38
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$447.30 13

#14: Arizona

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$115.8921
Natural gas$115.9513
Internet (60 Mbps)$69.576
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$441.4114
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$115.89 21
$115.95 13
$69.57 6
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$441.41 14

#15: California

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$176.265
Natural gas$63.1646
Internet (60 Mbps)$58.4333
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$437.8515
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$176.26 5
$63.16 46
$58.43 33
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$437.85 15

#16: Missouri

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$117.6919
Natural gas$123.2010
Internet (60 Mbps)$55.6045
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$436.4916
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$117.69 19
$123.20 10
$55.60 45
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$436.49 16

#17: Iowa

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$129.8013
Natural gas$100.6826
Internet (60 Mbps)$65.9912
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$436.4617
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$129.80 13
$100.68 26
$65.99 12
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$436.46 17

#18: New Jersey

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$173.846
Natural gas$61.8847
Internet (60 Mbps)$5740
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$432.7218
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$173.84 6
$61.88 47
$57 40
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$432.72 18

#19: Oklahoma

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity92.5746
Natural gas$131.288
Internet (60 Mbps)$68.058
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$431.9019
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
92.57 46
$131.28 8
$68.05 8
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$431.90 19

#20: Pennsylvania

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$125.2216
Natural gas$100.9725
Internet (60 Mbps)$64.6115
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$430.8020
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$125.22 16
$100.97 25
$64.61 15
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$430.80 20

#21: Virginia

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$110.6026
Natural gas$104.8122
Internet (60 Mbps)$753
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$430.4121
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$110.60 26
$104.81 22
$75 3
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$430.41 21

#22: Maryland

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$120.7317
Natural gas$10028
Internet (60 Mbps)$68.887
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$429.6122
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$120.73 17
$100 28
$68.88 7
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$429.61 22

#23: Kansas

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$110.6925
Natural gas$112.3715
Internet (60 Mbps)$5930
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$422.0623
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$110.69 25
$112.37 15
$59 30
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$422.06 23

#24: Delaware

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$107.8230
Natural gas$119.1711
Internet (60 Mbps)$55.0046
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$421.9924
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$107.82 30
$119.17 11
$55.00 46
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$421.99 24

#25: North Carolina

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$102.5336
Natural gas$119.1112
Internet (60 Mbps)$56.2742
Cable$100National average
Water$40National average
Total cost of utilities$417.9125
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$102.53 36
$119.11 12
$56.27 42
$100 National average
$40 National average
$417.91 25

#26: Kentucky

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$90.0547
Natural gas$127.809
Internet (60 Mbps)$56.0043
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$413.8526
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$90.05 47
$127.80 9
$56.00 43
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$413.85 26

#27: North Dakota

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$106.3833
Natural gas$106.2421
Internet (60 Mbps)$59.3329
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$411.9527
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$106.38 33
$106.24 21
$59.33 29
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$411.95 27

#28: Alabama

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$110.1527
Natural gas$112.0616
Internet (60 Mbps)$49.5749
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$411.7828
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$110.15 27
$112.06 16
$49.57 49
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$411.78 28

#29: Indiana

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$108.0929
Natural gas$103.1723
Internet (60 Mbps)$60.1026
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$411.3629
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$108.09 29
$103.17 23
$60.10 26
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$411.36 29

#30: Michigan

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$143.3412
Natural gas$68.9343
Internet (60 Mbps)$58.4532
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$410.7230
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$143.34 12
$68.93 43
$58.45 32
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$410.72 30

#31: Texas

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$100.9141
Natural gas$110.5817
Internet (60 Mbps)$58.2934
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$409.7831
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$100.91 41
$110.58 17
$58.29 34
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$409.78 31

#32: Minnesota

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$127.5515
Natural gas$78.6937
Internet (60 Mbps)$58.2635
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$404.5032
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$127.55 15
$78.69 37
$58.26 35
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$404.50 32

#33: Colorado

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$113.6523
Natural gas$88.1032
Internet (60 Mbps)$62.5021
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$404.2533
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$113.65 23
$88.10 32
$62.50 21
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$404.25 33

#34: Illinois

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$105.4934
Natural gas$96.9929
Internet (60 Mbps)$61.1524
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$403.6334
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$105.49 34
$96.99 29
$61.15 24
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$403.63 34

#35: Tennessee

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$95.8044
Natural gas$100.5627
Internet (60 Mbps)$65.9913
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$402.3535
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$95.80 44
$100.56 27
$65.99 13
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$402.35 35

#36: Nebraska

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$106.6532
Natural gas$80.3335
Internet (60 Mbps)$72.474
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$399.4536
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$106.65 32
$80.33 35
$72.47 4
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$399.45 36

#37: West Virginia

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$102.4437
Natural gas$92.9530
Internet (60 Mbps)$58.0036
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$393.3937
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$102.44 37
$92.95 30
$58.00 36
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$393.39 37

#38: Wyoming

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$107.7331
Natural gas$82.6834
Internet (60 Mbps)$62.5022
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$392.9138
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$107.73 31
$82.68 34
$62.50 22
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$392.91 38

#39: New Mexico

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$119.9318
Natural gas$65.3645
Internet (60 Mbps)$66.8311
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$392.1239
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$119.93 18
$65.36 45
$66.83 11
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$392.12 39

#40: Mississippi

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$98.3142
Natural gas$89.5831
Internet (60 Mbps)$63.5719
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$391.4640
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$98.31 42
$89.58 31
$63.57 19
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$391.46 40

The 10 least expensive states for utilities

#41: Wisconsin

Despite the fact that Wisconsin ranks as the fourteenth most expensive state for electricity costs, its cheap natural gas and internet bills help bring its average total utility cost down to just $390.65, the tenth cheapest on our list

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$128.0914
Natural gas$65.6144
Internet (60 Mbps)$56.9541
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$390.6541
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$128.09 14
$65.61 44
$56.95 41
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$390.65 41

#42: Arkansas

Arkansas’s electricity and internet costs both rank at forty-eight, making them some of the best bargains in the country. With an average internet bill of $51.04, only Alabama and Maine can get you online for less.

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$89.5248
Natural gas$107.7219
Internet (60 Mbps)$51.0448
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$388.2842
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$89.52 48
$107.72 19
$51.04 48
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$388.28 42

#43: South Dakota

The Mount Rushmore State lands at number forty-three on our list. Its electricity bill isn’t anything to write home about, but inexpensive natural gas and internet costs make its total average utility bill much easier on your budget.

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$111.4124
Natural gas$75.2740
Internet (60 Mbps)$55.8944
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$382.5743
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$111.41 24
$75.27 40
$55.89 44
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$382.57 43

#44: Oregon

Inexpensive electricity and natural gas costs make Oregon a very affordable state for utilities. Although its average internet price isn’t the cheapest around, it isn’t expensive enough to negate the benefits of its other low-cost utilities.

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$100.9140
Natural gas$77.1638
Internet (60 Mbps)$63.2320
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$381.3044
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$100.91 40
$77.16 38
$63.23 20
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$381.30 44

#45: Louisiana

Louisiana boasts the lowest average electricity cost on our list. At only $86.83, this gives Louisiana residents a small reprieve from their higher-than-average internet bills.

Although our analysis puts Louisiana near the bottom of the list, residents’ actual usage rates may cause their bills to differ from our estimate—the US Energy Information Administration reports Louisiana consumes more electricity than any other state.

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$86.8350
Natural gas$86.7233
Internet (60 Mbps)$67.2410
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$380.7945
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$86.83 50
$86.72 33
$67.24 10
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$380.79 45

#46: Nevada

Nevada ranks as the fifth most affordable state for utilities. Although its average internet cost is among the more expensive on our list, inexpensive natural gas helps bring its overall utility costs down.

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$101.7138
Natural gas$70.8241
Internet (60 Mbps)$64.4017
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$376.9346
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$101.71 38
$70.82 41
$64.40 17
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$376.93 46

#47: Washington

Although Washington has one of the more expensive average internet costs, its extremely affordable electricity rates help bring down its total average utility costs to only $369.18.

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$87.3749
Natural gas$76.5539
Internet (60 Mbps)$65.2614
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$369.18447
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$87.37 49
$76.55 39
$65.26 14
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$369.18 447

#48: Montana

Montana has the lowest average natural gas bills in the nation. Although its electricity and internet costs are both near the middle of the rankings, cheap natural gas makes Montana one of the most affordable states for utilities.

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$105.1335
Natural gas$52.1250
Internet (60 Mbps)$61.7823
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$359.0348
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$105.13 35
$52.12 50
$61.78 23
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$359.03 48

#49: Utah

Utah takes the silver medal for affordable utility costs. Its electricity and natural gas costs both fall within the top ten least expensive on our list and help contribute to the second-lowest overall utility bill of $350.17.

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$98.1343
Natural gas$52.3349
Internet (60 Mbps)$59.7128
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$350.1749
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$98.13 43
$52.33 49
$59.71 28
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$350.17 49

#50: Idaho

If you’re hoping to save money on utilities, look no further than the Gem State. At $343.71, Idaho’s total average utility bill is the lowest in the country. Natural gas is especially affordable with an average cost of $52.89 per month.

UtilityCost per monthRanking
Electricity$93.8245
Natural gas$52.8948
Internet (60 Mbps)$57.0039
Cable$100.00National average
Water$40.00National average
Total cost of utilities$343.7150
Utility
Electricity
Natural gas
Internet (60 Mbps)
Cable
Water
Total cost of utilities
Cost per month Ranking
$93.82 45
$52.89 48
$57.00 39
$100.00 National average
$40.00 National average
$343.71 50

Want to save money on your utility bill?

No matter where you live or how high your utility bills are, there’s always an opportunity to cut those costs. Check out our Utility Bills 101 piece to learn the best ways to save.

How does your utility bill stack up against the average of your state? Let us know in the comments below!

Methodology

Move.org analyzed the costs of five different utilities to determine our rankings: electricity, natural gas, internet, cable, and water. Our final ranking was based on the total cost of utilities in each state.

  • Electricity—To determine each state’s average electricity bill, we used US Energy Information Administration (EIA) data to find the average monthly electricity consumption for US residents (897 kWh) and multiplied this average by each state’s electricity cost per kWh.
  • Natural gas—The average US home uses 168 cubic feet of natural gas per day. We used this number and the cost of natural gas per cubic foot in each state, according to the EIA, to find the average monthly cost of natural gas.
  • Internet and cable—We used Numbeo to calculate the cost of both internet and cable. For internet, we found the cost of service that included 60 Mbps, unlimited data, and ADSL.
  • Water—The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates the average American family uses 300 gallons of water per day, so we referenced the Circle of Blue to find the average cost of residential water in thirty major US cities and used the average cost of those cities to arrive at our figure of $40 per month.

About Colin Holmes

Colin Holmes
Colin is no stranger to moving, having done so five times in the last five years. As a former journalist and documentary interviewer, Colin brings a wealth of research experience to improving your move.
  • Dan Sbepherd

    My little Iowa town has municipal utilities and cable and internet. I am $120 a month under Iowa cost.

  • http://kauaishotels.info Eric Toulon

    A lot of people in Hawaii don’t use AC and such because too many people can’t afford it. Another reason why so many people have gone solar with more wanting to but can’t because of the utilities controlling the PUC’s. When the new larger batteries start coming out people will start buying them particularly in neighborhoods with high saturation of PV and create their own micro grids.