5 Cities In The United States That Offer A High Quality Of Life.



Many factors influence where we choose to live. Ultimately where we decide to live is influenced by our finances. The two major factors influencing where we live are the cost of living and the income potential. 
These cities offer a high quality of life.

Denver, Colorado






Typical annual salaries in Denver for management jobs are $103,690, whereas business and financial operations typically earn a salary of $67,170. The calculated “living wage” that individuals must earn to support themselves working full time was $10.79 as opposed to $14.37 in San Francisco. In addition to high wages and low costs, Colorado offers a high quality of life which continues to attract lovers of nature and adventure.


Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas







According to Numbeo’s cost of living comparison between Dallas and Los Angeles, “you would need around $5,066.81 in Los Angeles, CA to maintain the same standard of life that you can have with $4,200 in Dallas, TX.” When the numbers are scaled out, the differences are drastic. The most significant differences between the two cities are rent prices, which are 55.58% lower in Dallas than in Los Angeles.


Houston, Texas







According to the Census Bureau’s 2015 population estimates, Texas saw the biggest increase in population. The suburb of Harris Country in Houston grew more than any other in the country, increasing by 89,000 people, as opposed to the more than 500,000 people that fled New York City during the same period. 

According to the Department of Numbers, Houston’s median household nominal income was $60,072 last year and real income was $65,910. Houston’s residents income levels typically outpace the cost of living, with a fabulous transportation system, relatively affordable housing and low prices of common consumer goods.


Charlotte, North Carolina







According to the Charlotte Chamber, earning an after-tax income of $100,000 in Manhattan, New York is equivalent to the after-tax income of $43,224.93 in Charlotte, North Carolina. According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report, workers in the Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average hourly wage of 2% above the national average ($23.22 in May of 2014). Although this may seem small, the difference is amplified by the low cost of living.


Austin, Texas





The knowledge hub of Austin is home to a new wave of workers who vary from “hippy types” to tech-savvy Millennials and corporate employees. The influence of the University of Texas has turned the city into a tech hub with a lively downtown full of theaters, art galleries, and restaurants. 
According to PayScale, a software engineer in Austin will earn a medium salary of $76,998, and a senior software engineer will earn $106,434.