The 25 cities where your pay goes the furthest

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There are a lot of ways to stretch a dollar.

One is to move to a city where the pay is high and the average price of a home is not.

To find out where your pay goes the furthest, Glassdoor compared the average median salary (based on at least 1,000 salary reports shared by local employees) in the 50 most populated US cities against the median home value (according to the Zillow Home Value Index) in each area.

“Though there are certainly other financial factors to consider when taking into account total cost of living, this data reinforces that pay typically goes further in mid-sized cities versus big metropolitan areas where there is often tighter competition for housing,” Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor’s chief economist, said in a press release.

Here are the 25 cities where your pay goes the furthest, according to Glassdoor’s research:


25. Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina

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Flickr / Raleigh Skyline

Cost of living ratio: 30%

Median pay: $62,000

Median home value: $209,400

Number of open jobs: 22,339


24. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota

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Anthony Arrigo/flickr

Cost of living ratio: 30%

Median pay: $65,000

Median home value: $219,400

Number of open jobs: 64,026


23. Jacksonville, Florida

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Shutterstock / Sean Pavone

Cost of living ratio: 30%

Median pay: $50,000

Median home value: $165,900

Number of open jobs: 18,205


22. Richmond, Virginia

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Taber Andrew Bain/Flickr

Cost of living ratio: 31%

Median pay: $59,800

Median home value: $191,500

Number of open jobs: 21,454


21. Hartford, Connecticut

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Wikimedia/Elipongo

Cost of living ratio: 32%

Median pay: $68,000

Median home value: $215,800

Number of open jobs: 19,025


20. Tampa, Florida

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Shutterstock / Bonnie Fink

Cost of living ratio: 32%

Median pay: $52,000

Median home value: $163,600

Number of open jobs: 40,830


19. Chicago, Illinois

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Roman Boed/flickr

Cost of living ratio: 33%

Median pay: $63,000

Median home value: $193,800

Number of open jobs: 155,173


18. Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas

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Shutterstock

Cost of living ratio: 33%

Median pay: $61,000

Median home value: $182,100

Number of open jobs: 121,241


17. Charlotte, North Carolina

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Shutterstock/digidreamgrafix

Cost of living ratio: 36%

Median pay: $58,000

Median home value: $159,800

Number of open jobs: 37,180


16. San Antonio, Texas

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Shutterstock

Cost of living ratio: 37%

Median pay: $55,000

Median home value: $150,200

Number of open jobs: 28,378


15. Atlanta, Georgia

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Shutterstock/Sean Pavone

Cost of living ratio: 37%

Median pay: $60,000

Median home value: $163,000

Number of open jobs: 90,739


14. Columbus, Ohio

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Always Shooting/Flickr

Cost of living ratio: 37%

Median pay: $57,000

Median home value: $154,600

Number of open jobs: 30,728


13. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Shutterstock

Cost of living ratio: 38%

Median pay: $50,000

Median home value: $132,500

Number of open jobs: 16,388


12. Houston, Texas

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Shutterstock/Jorg Hackemann

Cost of living ratio: 38%

Median pay: $65,000

Median home value: $172,100

Number of open jobs: 72,033


11. Buffalo, New York

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REUTERS/Lindsay DeDario

Cost of living ratio: 39%

Median pay: $50,000

Median home value: $128,100

Number of open jobs: 13,599


10. Louisville, Kentucky

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The Pug Father/Flickr

Cost of living ratio: 39%

Median pay: $54,000

Median home value: $137,500

Number of open jobs: 22,693


9. Kansas City, Missouri

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Stuart Seeger/Flickr

Cost of living ratio: 39%

Median pay: $50,800

Median home value: $147,500

Number of open jobs: 35,639


8. Birmingham, Alabama

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Shutterstock/Sean Pavone

Cost of living ratio: 40%

Median pay: $50,800

Median home value: $128,000

Number of open jobs: 15,299


7. Cincinnati, Ohio

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PunkToad via Flickr

Cost of living ratio: 40%

Median pay: $57,200

Median home value: $143,400

Number of open jobs: 32,605


6. St. Louis, Missouri

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Cost of living ratio: 40%

Median pay: $56,900

Median home value: $141,900

Number of open jobs: 35,300


5. Indianapolis, Indiana

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Shutterstock

Cost of living ratio: 43%

Median pay: $56,000

Median home value: $130,200

Number of open jobs: 33,090


4. Cleveland, Ohio

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Shutterstock

Cost of living ratio: 44%

Median pay: $55,000

Median home value: $125,500

Number of open jobs: 29,304


3. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Ron Reiring/flickr

Cost of living ratio: 45%

Median pay: $56,900

Median home value: $126,700

Number of open jobs: 46,379


2. Memphis, Tennessee

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Shutterstock

Cost of living ratio: 46%

Median pay: $52,000

Median home value: $112,100

Number of open jobs: 17,982


1. Detroit, Michigan

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Andrey Bayda/shutterstock

Cost of living ratio: 50%

Median pay: $61,500

Median home value: $123,100

Number of open jobs: 54,808