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Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared on How to Home.

Over the past two years, US workers have grappled with one of the most unusual economic environments on record.

On the one hand, the continuing tightness in the labor market has given many workers greater opportunities and wage increases. The unemployment rate is just 3.7% today, but the economy continues to create hundreds of thousands of jobs every month.

In an effort to attract and retain workers in this environment, many employers have raised wages, particularly for low-income earners.

But the highest inflation levels in decades have eaten away at workers’ profits. Annual CPI increases have exceeded 5% every month since May 2021, peaking at 9.1% in June 2022. And many of the categories where costs have risen the fastest are essential necessities, which take up a large chunk of household budgets, like housing and groceries.

To identify the affordable metro areas with the highest number of six-figure jobs, HowtoHome.com researchers calculated locations with the highest percentage of employees in occupations where the median wage is over $100,000 and the cost of living using data from the US Bureau of Statistics and the US Bureau of Economic Analysis. Read more about our methodology at the end.

Here are the affordable US metro areas with the most six-figure jobs.

15. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

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  • Percentage of employees in jobs over $100,000: 4.6%
  • Total employees in occupations over $100,000: 59,620
  • Total employees of all occupations: 1,289,900
  • Average salary for employees in occupations over $100,000: $119,365
  • Cost of living (compared to average): -0.9%

14. Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University
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  • Percentage of employees in jobs over $100,000: 4.8%
  • Total employees in occupations over $100,000: 49,550
  • Total employees of all occupations: 1,043,000
  • Average salary for employees in occupations over $100,000: $122,515
  • Cost of living (compared to average): -4.3%

13. Kansas City, MO-KS

Topeka, Kansas
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  • Percentage of employees in jobs over $100,000: 5.1%
  • Total employees in occupations over $100,000: 52,030
  • Total employees of all occupations: 1,016,160
  • Average salary for employees in occupations over $100,000: $122,480
  • Cost of living (compared to average): -5.3%

12. Rochester, NY

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  • Percentage of employees in jobs over $100,000: 5.2%
  • Total employees in occupations over $100,000: 24,310
  • Total employees of all occupations: 471,020
  • Average salary for employees in occupations over $100,000: $126,099
  • Cost of living (compared to average): -1.7%

11. Cleveland-Elyria, OH

Cleveland, Ohio
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  • Percentage of employees in jobs over $100,000: 5.2%
  • Total employees in occupations over $100,000: 49,820
  • Total number of employees across all occupations: 963,990
  • Average salary for employees in occupations over $100,000: $124,335
  • Cost of living (compared to average): -7.0%

10. Columbus, OH

Columbus, Ohio
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  • Percentage of employees in jobs over $100,000: 5.3%
  • Total employees in occupations over $100,000: 54,330
  • Total number of employees across all occupations: 1,022,310
  • Average salary for employees in occupations over $100,000: $123,782
  • Cost of living (compared to average): -5.8%

9. Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

Cincinnati, Ohio
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  • Percentage of employees in jobs over $100,000: 5.7%
  • Total employees in occupations over $100,000: 58,680
  • Total employees of all occupations: 1,023,830
  • Average salary for employees in occupations over $100,000: $124,417
  • Cost of living (compared to average): -6.5%

8. Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah
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  • Percentage of employees in jobs over $100,000: 6.1%
  • Total employees in occupations over $100,000: 45,530
  • Total number of employees across all occupations: 743,170
  • Average salary for employees in occupations over $100,000: $124,524
  • Cost of living (compared to average): -2.3%

7. Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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  • Percentage of employees in jobs over $100,000: 6.5%
  • Total employees in occupations over $100,000: 50,910
  • Total number of employees across all occupations: 786,640
  • Average salary for employees in occupations over $100,000: $121,877
  • Cost of living (compared to average): -4.1%

6. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, TN

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  • Percentage of employees in jobs over $100,000: 7.3%
  • Total employees in occupations over $100,000: 71,600
  • Total number of employees across all occupations: 976,900
  • Average salary for employees in occupations over $100,000: $127,707
  • Cost of living (compared to average): -3.0%

5. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA

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  • Percentage of employees in jobs over $100,000: 7.7%
  • Total employees in occupations over $100,000: 200,060
  • Total employees of all occupations: 2,587,890
  • Average salary for employees in occupations over $100,000: $120,481
  • Cost of living (compared to average): -1.8%

4. Richmond, Va

Richmond, California
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  • Percentage of employees in jobs over $100,000: 8.0%
  • Total employees in occupations over $100,000: 49,400
  • Total number of employees across all occupations: 617,020
  • Average salary for employees in occupations over $100,000: $125,655
  • Cost of living (compared to average): -4.6%

3. Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

Wayne County, Michigan
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  • Percentage of employees in jobs over $100,000: 8.7%
  • Total employees in occupations over $100,000: 156,000
  • Total number of employees across all occupations: 1,801,530
  • Average salary for employees in occupations over $100,000: $120,756
  • Cost of living (compared to average): -2.9%

2. Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

Charlotte North Carolina
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  • Percentage of employees in jobs over $100,000: 11.7%
  • Total employees in occupations over $100,000: 141,090
  • Total employees of all occupations: 1,209,890
  • Average salary for employees in occupations over $100,000: $124,459
  • Cost of living (compared to average): -5.4%

1. Raleigh-Cary, NC

Raleigh, North Carolina
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  • Percentage of employees in jobs over $100,000: 11.8%
  • Total employees in occupations over $100,000: 74,860
  • Total number of employees across all occupations: 633,260
  • Average salary for employees in occupations over $100,000: $122,832
  • Cost of living (compared to average): -4.3%

methodology

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The data used in this analysis comes from the US Bureau of Statistics employment and wage statistics and the US Bureau of Economic Analysis regional price parities.

To identify the affordable metropolitan areas with the most six-digit jobs, HowtoHome.com researchers calculated the percentage of a location’s employees in occupations where the median wage is over $100,000 and the cost of living is below the national average.

In the event of a tie, the location with the greater total number of employees in occupations with a median wage greater than $100,000 was ranked higher. To improve relevance, only metropolitan areas with at least 100,000 inhabitants were included.

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