Here’s How Much Money You Need to Make to Live Comfortably in These 50 U.S. Cities

LOS ANGELES, April 5, 2017 — The latest GOBankingRates study reveals that only 11 of the 50 biggest U.S. cities have a median income high enough to cover what’s needed to live comfortably.

To see the full list ordered by population, visit: gobankingrates.compersonal-finance/money-live-comfortably-biggest-cities-2017

The 2017 data is even worse news for Americans than last year’s study results, which found 15 of the biggest U.S. cities had incomes large enough to support a comfortable living.

The study used the 50-30-20 budgeting rule when determining the income required for a comfortable living in each city. This rule divides income into three buckets: 50 percent is expected to go toward necessities, 30 percent towards discretionary items and 20 percent towards savings.

Top 5 Cities Where People Struggle to Live Comfortably:

  •          Miami: $44,840 deficit income
  •          New York: $33,073 deficit income
  •          San Francisco: $29,063 deficit income
  •          Los Angeles: $25,842 deficit income
  •          Oakland, Calif.: $25,820 deficit income

Top 5 Cities Where People Can Easily Afford to Live Comfortably:

  •          Virginia Beach, Va.: $13,985 surplus income
  •          Arlington, Texas: $6,906 surplus income
  •          Colorado Springs, Colo.: $5,112 surplus income
  •          Albuquerque, N.M.: $4,585 surplus income
  •          Austin, Texas: $3,058 surplus income


Additional Insights:

  •          Texas is the state that boasts the most cities in which the median income is enough for a comfortable living (Five out of the seven cities on this list)
  •          All of the nine Californian cities on this list have median incomes below what is needed to live comfortably
  •          Almost 40% of the biggest U.S. cities face a deficit of $10,000 or more between average income and what is needed to live comfortably
  •          Kansas City, Mesa and Omaha had surplus income last year, but now have average incomes below what is needed for a comfortable living
  •          While San Francisco still faces one of the largest deficits in the country, the city’s deficit has dropped from $41,192 last year to $33,073 this year



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Ali Branch, Media Relations

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