15 affordable cities with the most 6-figure jobs

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Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared on How to Get Home.

Over the past two years, US workers have struggled with one of the most unusual economic environments in living memory.

On the one hand, the constant tightening of the labor market has provided more opportunities and increased wages for many workers. The unemployment rate today is only 3.7%, but the economy still continues to add hundreds of thousands of jobs each month.

In an effort to recruit and retain workers in this environment, many employers have raised wages, especially for low-income workers.

But the highest levels of inflation in decades have been fueled by workers’ gains. Annual growth in the consumer price index has exceeded 5% for each month since May 2021, reaching 9.1% in June 2022. And many of the categories where spending has grown the fastest are essentials that take up a large portion of the household. budgets like shelter and groceries.

To determine the metropolitan areas with the most affordable six-figure jobs, HowtoHome.com researchers calculated the locations with the largest share of workers in occupations with median wages above $100,000 and a cost of living below the national average, using the data. US Bureau of Statistics and US Bureau of Economic Analysis. Read more about our methodology at the end.

Here are the affordable US metropolitan areas with the most six-figure jobs.

15. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida

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  • Share of workers in $100K+ occupations: 4.6%
  • Total number of workers in $100,000+ occupations: 59,620
  • The total number of employees in all professions: 1,289,900
  • Average salary for workers in $100,000+ occupations: $119,365
  • Cost of living (compared to average). -0.9%

14. Pittsburgh, California

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  • Share of workers in $100K+ occupations: 4.8%
  • Total number of workers in $100,000+ occupations: 49,550
  • The total number of workers in all professions is 1,043,000
  • Average salary for workers in $100,000+ occupations: $122,515
  • Cost of living (compared to average) -4.3%

13. Kansas City, MO-KS

Topeka, Kansas
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  • Share of workers in $100K+ occupations: 5.1%
  • Total number of workers in $100,000+ occupations: 52,030
  • Total number of employees in all professions: 1,016,160
  • The median salary for workers in $100k+ occupations is $122,480
  • Cost of living (compared to average) -5.3%

12. Rochester, New York

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  • Share of workers in $100K+ occupations: 5.2%
  • Total number of workers in $100K+ occupations: 24,310
  • The total number of employees in all professions is 471,020
  • Median salary for workers in $100,000+ occupations: $126,099
  • Cost of living (compared to average) -1.7%

11. Cleveland-Elyria, OH

Cleveland, Ohio
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  • Share of workers in $100K+ occupations: 5.2%
  • Total number of workers in $100,000+ occupations: 49,820
  • The total number of employees in all professions is 963,990
  • The median salary for workers in $100k+ occupations is $124,335
  • Cost of living (compared to average) -7.0%

10. Columbus, OH

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  • Share of workers in $100K+ occupations: 5.3%
  • Total number of workers in $100,000+ occupations: 54,330
  • Total number of employees in all professions: 1,022,310
  • The median salary for workers in $100k+ occupations is $123,782
  • Cost of living (compared to average) -5.8%

9. Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

Cincinnati Ohio
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  • Share of workers in $100K+ occupations: 5.7%
  • Total number of workers in $100K+ occupations: 58,680
  • Total number of employees in all professions: 1,023,830
  • Average salary for workers in $100,000+ occupations: $124,417
  • Cost of living (compared to average) -6.5%

8. Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City, Utah
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  • Share of workers in $100K+ occupations: 6.1%
  • Total number of workers in $100,000+ occupations: 45,530
  • The total number of employees in all professions is 743,170
  • The median salary for workers in $100K+ occupations is $124,524
  • Cost of living (compared to average) -2.3%

7. Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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  • Share of employees in $100K+ occupations: 6.5%
  • Total number of workers in $100,000+ occupations: 50,910
  • The total number of employees in all professions is 786,640
  • Average salary for workers in $100,000+ occupations: $121,877
  • Cost of living (compared to average) -4.1%

6. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, TN

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  • Share of workers in $100K+ occupations: 7.3%
  • Total number of workers in $100K+ occupations: 71,600
  • The total number of employees in all specialties is 976,900
  • Median salary for workers in $100,000+ occupations: $127,707
  • Cost of living (compared to average) -3.0%

5. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, Jay

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  • Share of workers in $100K+ occupations: 7.7%
  • Total number of workers in $100,000+ occupations: 200,060
  • Total number of employees in all professions: 2,587,890
  • Average salary for workers in $100,000+ occupations: $120,481
  • Cost of living (compared to average): -1.8%

4. Richmond, VA

Richmond, California
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  • Share of employees in $100K+ occupations: 8.0%
  • Total number of workers in $100,000+ occupations: 49,400
  • The total number of employees in all professions is 617,020
  • The median salary for workers in $100K+ occupations is $125,655
  • Cost of living (compared to average) -4.6%

3. Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Miss

Wayne County Michigan
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  • Share of workers in $100K+ occupations: 8.7%
  • Total number of workers in $100,000+ occupations: 156,000
  • Total number of employees in all professions: 1,801,530
  • Median salary for workers in $100,000+ occupations: $120,756
  • Cost of living (compared to average) -2.9%

2. Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

Charlotte North Carolina
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  • Share of workers in $100K+ occupations: 11.7%
  • Total number of workers in $100K+ occupations: 141,090
  • Total number of employees in all professions: 1,209,890
  • The median salary for workers in $100k+ occupations is $124,459
  • Cost of living (compared to average) -5.4%

1. Raleigh-Cary, NC

Raleigh, North Carolina
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  • Share of workers in $100K+ occupations: 11.8%
  • Total number of workers in $100,000+ occupations: 74,860
  • The total number of employees in all professions is 633,260
  • Average salary for workers in $100,000+ occupations: $122,832
  • Cost of living (compared to average) -4.3%

The methodology

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The data used in this analysis are taken from the U.S. Bureau of Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis’ Regional Price Comparison.

To determine the metropolitan areas with affordable six-figure jobs, HowtoHome.com researchers calculated the share of workers in occupations where the median salary is more than $100,000 and the cost of living is below the national average.

In the case of equality, a place with a greater number of workers in occupations with an average salary above $100,000 is ranked higher. To improve consistency, only metropolitan areas with at least 100,000 residents were included.

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