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.
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.