How Much It Costs To Live In The U.S. Cities With The Most Jobs

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Fewer Americans are moving around the country, but those who do tend to be younger.
Those moving to metropolitan areas tend to fall into two main buckets, according to Bloomberg: people who move for a location first, and those who move for a job first. Those moving for a job usually apply for jobs in multiple cities, then pick the city based on the offers they got. They prioritize work, and are open to several city options — as long as the work is plentiful.
Moving usually isn't cheap, and moving to a big city where the cost of living will trend higher can be intimidating. So, we've ranked Monster's mid-year jobs report highlighting the top 10 hiring cities by cost of living. Monster's list showcases which cities on its platform have the most job listings available; to give you an understanding of what it would actually be like to live there, we pulled figures from the Economic Policy Institute's Family Budget Calculator.
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EPI's calculator measures the income a family needs "in order to attain a modest yet adequate standard of living." They calculate the cost of transportation, housing, food, "other necessities" (which include apparel, personal care, household supplies), and more. We pulled the numbers for a single person with no children — but you can fiddle with it to see what that might be for a two-family household, one parent and one child, and so on.
Curious what your big-city move might amount to in places where the jobs are? Scroll through.
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1. Dallas Metro Area



#4 on Monster's Top Cities To Find A Job

Housing: $730
Food: $250
Transportation: $770
Healthcare: $321
Other Necessities: $396
Taxes: $414

Monthly Total: $2,880
Annual Total: $34,563
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2. Houston



#10 on Monster's Top Cities To Find A Job

Housing: $772
Food: $248
Transportation: $782
Healthcare: $308
Other Necessities: $412
Taxes: $427

Monthly Total: $2,949
Annual Total: $35,391

*Figures for Houston/The Woodlands/Sugar Land metro area
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3. Philadelphia



#7 on Monster's Top Cities To Find A Job

Housing: $824
Food: $277
Transportation: $746
Healthcare: $363
Other Necessities: $444
Taxes: $537

Monthly Total: $3,191
Annual Total: $38,291

*Figures for Philadelphia/Camden/Wilmington metro area
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4. Chicago Metro Area



#5 on Monster's Top Cities To Find A Job

Housing: $879
Food: $256
Transportation: $720
Healthcare: $344
Other Necessities: $458
Taxes: $560

Monthly Total: $3,217
Annual Total: $38,605
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5. Atlanta



#8 on Monster's Top Cities To Find A Job

Housing: $873
Food: $267
Transportation: $817
Healthcare: $333
Other Necessities: $460
Taxes: $621

Monthly Total: $3,371
Annual Total: $40,457

*Figures for Atlanta/Sandy Springs/Roswell metro area
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6. Los Angeles



#2 on Monster's Top Cities To Find A Job

Housing: $1,067
Food: $287
Transportation: $793
Healthcare: $262
Other Necessities: $546
Taxes: $613

Monthly Total: $3,569
Annual Total: $42,825

*Figures for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Glendale metro area
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7. Boston



#6 on Monster's Top Cities To Find A Job

Housing: $1,253
Food: $304
Transportation: $734
Healthcare: $267
Other Necessities: $628
Taxes: $723

Monthly Total: $3,908
Annual Total: $46,902

*Figures for Boston/Cambridge/Quincy metro area
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8. Washington, DC Metro Area



#3 on Monster's Top Cities To Find A Job

Housing: $1,420
Food: $297
Transportation: $725
Healthcare: $302
Other Necessities: $693
Taxes: $833

Monthly Total: $4,270
Annual Total: $51,245
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9. New York City Metro Area



#1 on Monster's Top Cities To Find A Job

Housing:$1,514
Food: $314
Transportation: $435
Healthcare: $425
Other Necessities: $738
Taxes: $851

Monthly Total: $4,277
Annual Total: $51,323
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10. San Francisco Metro Area



#9 on Monster's Top Cities To Find A Job

Housing: $2,014
Food: $346
Transportation: $786
Healthcare: $381
Other Necessities: $952
Taxes: $1,277

Monthly Total: $5,756
Annual Total: $69,072
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