Your wage can spread very thin when you choose to live in a cosmopolitan city, but it is not impossible to live in the urban sprawl on any salary. In a recent study by glassdoor.com, they revealed the most affordable places to live, comparing the value of homes and the ratio of salary. The cities below offer a great quality of life, good healthcare, and plentiful activities — all at an affordable cost. Check out the top 25 US cities to live in where your paychecks will stretch the farthest!

25. Raleigh-Durham, NC

Cost of Living Ratio: 30%

Median Base Salary: $62,000

Median Home Value: $209,400

Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill are known for their research and technology development roots. The city attracts more and more people by offering strong job growth and a high quality of life. The majority of the population is young, really friendly and well educated. There are more than 20 free attractions that are available. The city offers an affordable way to enjoy all the museums, cultural events and also spend family time outdoors.

 

25. Raleigh-Durham, NC – Part 2

 

Cost of Living Ratio: 30%

Median Base Salary: $62,000

Median Home Value: $209,400

Apart from being a part of one of the country’s largest and most successful research parks, and a major center in the United States for high-tech and biotech research. The city is a major retail shipping point for eastern North Carolina and a wholesale distributing point for the grocery industry.

 

24. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

Cost of Living Ratio: 30%

Median Base Salary: $65,000

Median Home Value: $219,400

Minneapolis and St. Paul are combining big-city amenities with a Midwestern feel. The metropolitan area is separated by the Mississippi River and offers two unique cities on both sides. St. Paul, Minnesota’s capital, offers residents a historic atmosphere with parks, government offices, and museums.

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