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The 25 Cities Where Your Paycheck Will Go The Furthest

Which major cities are providing employees with the most favorable combination of wages and cost of living?

As part of determining the top cities for jobs, Glassdoor considered median salaries for employees in the 50 most populous metros in the U.S., as well as median home value as a measure of cost of living, using the ratio of those two metrics to identify the cities where employees get the greatest cost of living bang for their earned buck.

“Many small and mid-size cities offer good economic value today,” said Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor chief economist, “but I don’t think public perceptions have kept up with that. There are still stereotypes about old industrial cities.”

At the top of the list is Detroit. With a relatively low median home value of $114, 000 and median salary for $45,000, the Motor City provides strong opportunities for workers looking to capitalize on manageable cost of living. 

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