These Are the Cities Where a $100,000 Salary Goes the Furthest

A new study shows that a six-figure income goes much further in some cities than others.

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Walter Bibikow/DigitalVision/Getty Images
Walter Bibikow/DigitalVision/Getty Images

For everyone who fantasizes about making $100,000 a year (me) and is pretty convinced it would solve at least 85% of your problems (me), that apparently isn’t true. And it isn’t because money can’t buy happiness (it can), it is because these days $100,000 doesn’t stretch as far as it used to, especially in some cities. A new study from SmartAsset shows where $100,000 actually feels like the large amount of money that it is.

SmartAsset analyzed after-tax income in the 76 largest cities in the US, and factored in cost of living, to determine where $100,000 goes the furthest. The chart below highlights the 25 cities where $100,000 goes the furthest.The six-figure salary is coziest in Memphis where, after a low cost of living and taxes, that money amounts to $86,444. Meanwhile in New York City, $100,000 amounts to $35,791 after taxes and the heightened cost of living. Many cities in Texas are among the top 10, as the state does not have income tax and there is generally a low cost of living. You can see a detailed list below.You can look at the complete study at more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTikTokTwitterFacebookPinterest, and YouTube.

Opheli Garcia Lawler is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @opheligarcia and Instagram @opheligarcia.


Mad Mex’s New Menu Item Is Inspired by a Popular Mexican Street Food

mad mex chicken al pastor

Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.

Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.

You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.

As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.

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