Finding a great job that comes with a significant salary boost is one of the top reasons to move to a new city.
In its updated 2017 ranking of the best places to live in America, U.S. News & World Report gathered data on the 100 most populous US cities. Among the factors it considered were affordable housing, a low cost of living, good schools, quality healthcare, and access to well-paying jobs. You can read U.S. News’ full methodology here.
Business Insider reranked these cities based on average annual salary to find the cities where residents earned more than $50,000 a year — on par with the national average. They don’t all rank highly on U.S. News’ overall list, given higher costs of living and other factors, so we’ve included each city’s overall ranking for comparison’s sake. For instance, Chicago ranks at No. 19 in terms of salary, but it came in only at No. 83 on the list of 100.
Of the 100 best places to live in the US, here are 22 where you can land the highest-paying jobs:
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22. Santa Rosa, California
Average annual salary: $50,540
Overall rank on best places to live list: 52
Just 55 miles north of San Francisco sits Santa Rosa, one of Sonoma County’s premier wine-country towns. According to US News’ local expert, Santa Rosa is an originator of the farm-to-table movement and “a haven for bicyclists, who train on its rural western roads and visit en masse for two major cycling events: the Amgen Tour of California and the Levi’s GranFondo.”
The job market in Santa Rosa is powered by tourism: 9% of residents work in the industry, mainly at local farms, wineries, and brewpubs.
21. Albany, New York
Average annual salary: $50,880
Overall rank on best places to live list: 30
Despite the snowy winters, living in Albany comes with several advantages. Albany offers a cost of living lower than the national average and the cost of housing sits well below the rest of the US as a whole. In terms of jobs, the city’s tech and healthcare industries are on the rise.
Albany’s downtown is lined with art galleries, wine shops, and churches for visitors to peruse. In keeping with the city’s cold climate, hockey is the sport of choice for residents.
20. Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
Average annual salary: $51,150
Overall rank on best places to live list: 7
Raleigh-Durham and Chapel Hill are collectively known as the Triangle, an area anchored by its foundation in research and tech. The Triangle employs nearly 40,000 residents at companies like IBM, SAS Institute Inc., and Cisco Systems as well as surrounding colleges Duke, North Carolina State, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A strong job market coupled with a burgeoning microbrewery and dining scene draws 80 new residents every day, said a local expert.