On the heels of Forbes’ ranking of Mission Hill as one of the country’s worst places to buy a home, CNN/Money comes out with its own list, this time regarding expensive places to live.
With any luck, the income from your new jobs will allow you to enjoy at least the same standard of living to which you’re accustomed now. The table below reflects what a couple without kids who hold middle-management jobs would need to earn to replicate a moderately affluent lifestyle in various cities.
We’ve listed the 50 most expensive metropolitan areas and the 50 least expensive from among the 364 cities and counties that participated in the latest ACCRA cost-of-living survey.
Metro State Income needed
1. New York (Manhattan) New York $166,777
2. San Francisco California $145,350
3. San Jose California $136,252
4. Honolulu Hawaii $129,729
5. Los Angeles-Long Beach California $126,736
6. Orange County California $124,980
7. Oakland California $123,361
8. San Diego California $121,279
9. Stamford Connecticut $120,522
10. Nassau County New York $120,326
13. Framingham-Natick Massachusetts $114,913
14. Bergen-Passaic New Jersey $111,855
15. Boston Massachusetts $111,752
Paducah, Kentucky was the cheapest place to live. You can be “moderately affluent” on $72,492 per year.
More details: Priciest places to be upwardly mobile: Here’s how much you’d need to earn to afford the same standard of living in 100 cities – By Jeanne Sahadi, CNNMoney.com