Top 10 Cities Where the Average Salary Doesn't Cover Living Expenses

Below, we cover the top 10 cities where the average salary won't cover your living expenses.


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#1: Miami, FL

Median income for a single person: $25,233

Monthly rent for a 1-bedroom apartment: $1,999.86 [$23,998.29 per year]

Total annual cost of necessities: $45,808.56 - including grocery, transportation, healthcare, and utility

Income left over after necessities: -$20,575.56


#2: Philadelphia

Median income for a single person: $28,351

Monthly rent for a 1-bedroom apartment: $1,524.29 [$18,291.43 per year]

Total annual cost of necessities: $40,951.58 - including grocery, transportation, healthcare, and utility

Income left over after necessities: -$12,600.58


3. New York

Median income for a single person: $43,785

Monthly rent for a 1-bedroom apartment: $2,376.93 [$28,523.14 per year]

Total annual cost of necessities: $55,262.10 - including grocery, transportation, healthcare, and utility

Income left over after necessities: -$11,477.10


#4. New Orleans

Median income for a single person: $26,927

Monthly rent for a 1-bedroom apartment: $1,360.71 [$16,328.57 per year]

Total annual cost of necessities: $36,097.55 - including grocery, transportation, healthcare, and utility

Income left over after necessities: -$9,170.55


#5. Los Angeles

Median income for a single person: $41,568

Monthly rent for a 1-bedroom apartment: $2,370.79 [$28,449.43 per year]

Total annual cost of necessities: $50,431.91 - including grocery, transportation, healthcare, and utility

Income left over after necessities: -$8,863.91


#6. Baton Rouge, LA

Median income for a single person: $27,036

Monthly rent for a 1-bedroom apartment: $983 [$11,796 per year]

Total annual cost of necessities: $31,094.14 - including grocery, transportation, healthcare, and utility

Income left over after necessities: -$4,058.14


#7. Honolulu

Median income for a single person: $42,568

Monthly rent for a 1-bedroom apartment: $1,728.21 [$20,738.57 per year]

Total annual cost of necessities: $45,772.13 - including grocery, transportation, healthcare, and utility

Income left over after necessities: -$3,204.13


#8. Baltimore

Median income for a single person: $34,298

Monthly rent for a 1-bedroom apartment: $1,383.71 [$16,604.57 per year]

Total annual cost of necessities: $37,371.70 - including grocery, transportation, healthcare, and utility

Income left over after necessities: -$3,073.70


#9. Tampa, FL

Median income for a single person: $34,559

Monthly rent for a 1-bedroom apartment: $1,467.50 ($17,610

Total annual cost of necessities: $37,351.20 - including grocery, transportation, healthcare, and utility

Income left over after necessities: -$2,792.20


#10. Memphis, TN

Median income for a single person: $27,919

Monthly rent for a 1-bedroom apartment: $791.43 ($9,497.14

Total annual cost of necessities: $29,355.49 - including grocery, transportation, healthcare, and utility

Income left over after necessities: -$1,436.49


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