10 cities where you can make 6 figures and still feel broke
A $100,000 salary sounds like enough money to afford a comfortable lifestyle, but that depends on where you live. MagnifyMoney recently found the top 10 most expensive metro areas in the US where a family of three can still be financially strapped on a six-figure salary. Based on the study, six-figure earners in seven metro areas spend more money than they earn every month. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Earning $100,000 isn't all it's cracked up to be if you live in an expensive city.
In a recent study, MagnifyMoney found the top 10 metro areas where you can feel broke — even if you make six figures. They determined the monthly disposable income of a hypothetical family with one child in 100 metro areas by subtracting monthly expenses, savings, debt, and taxes from an $8,333 monthly paycheck (equivalent to a $100,000 yearly pre-tax salary).
Tax estimations were based on the couple filing jointly for 2019 with a standard federal deduction, earning a federal $2,000 credit for the child. Debt was assumed to be $393 — the average monthly student loan payment. Other debt, such as housing and auto, were calculated into monthly expenses, which were determined based on location from a range of sources.
Based on this analysis, seven metro areas have to spend more than they earn in a month.
Below, see how far six figures will get you in the most expensive metro areas in the US, ranked from least expensive to most expensive. All numbers were rounded to the nearest dollar.
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