Glassdoor Shares Where You’ll Get The Most Value Out Of Your Paycheck

Glassdoor Shares Where You'll Get The Most Value Out Of Your Paycheck

While getting a giant paycheck is definitely nice, if you ask one of your friends living in Manhattan or San Francisco, there’s a good chance they’re still living paycheck to paycheck. If your salary increases at the same rate as your cost of living, unfortunately, things still won’t be going that well for you. However, if you live in a place where you can get a big paycheck with a minimal cost of living, you’ll be living the new American dream – being able to contribute the minimum to your 401(k) for employer match while still being able to pick up the brunch check without overdrawing your checking account.

If you’re looking for one of these cities, we’ve got you covered. Job search website Glassdoor just released the best cities in the U.S. where you’ll get the most bang for your buck when it comes to your paycheck. They rated major U.S. cities by dividing the median salary by the median home value. The 24 cities below have ratios starting at 30% and rising to 50% for the top rated city, meaning you’ll make up to half of your home value in salary.

24. Raleigh-Durham, NC
23. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
22. Jacksonville, FL
21. Richmond, VA
20. Hartford, CT
19. Tampa, FL
18. Chicago, IL
17. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
16. Charlotte, NC
15. San Antonio, TX
14. Atlanta, GA
13. Columbus, OH
12. Oklahoma City, OK
11. Buffalo, NY
10. Louisville, KY
9. Kansas City, MO
8. Birmingham, AL
7. Cincinnati, OH
6. St. Louis, MO
5. Indianapolis, IN
4. Cleveland, OH
3. Pittsburgh, PA
2. Memphis, TN
1. Detroit, MI

While these may not be some of the trendiest cities, they’re all at least mid-sized cities with plenty of job opportunities and at least a handful of restaurants that aren’t Olive Garden. If giving up being within walking distance of three different cronut places means my salary jumps by a relative five figures, that’s a trade-off I’m more than willing to make. Check your employer’s transfer listings, because even if you don’t get a raise, your bank account will think you did based on your new rent.

[via Glassdoor]

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Steph W.

Steph W. is a new Master's degree graduate with an intern's salary and six-figure taste. She realizes her expectations far exceed reality, so she spends her days pinning away Loubs she pretends are in her physical closet instead of her virtual one. Her hobbies include attempting to trapping her boyfriend into marriage before he finds out how insane she is and pretending that Black Box wine tastes as good as the kind she could afford when she was gainfully employed. Send her tips for getting out of student debt at

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