Source: Wahrheit Ventures

Recognizing tax burdens, the U.S. areas with the highest cost of living are Manhattan, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Brooklyn, in that order. Among 253 locations studied, total taxes as a percentage of gross income range from 25% (Casper, WY) to 45% (Manhattan, NY). In lower cost areas such as Memphis, Oklahoma City, and Cincinnati, gross income less than $75,000 could provide a standard of living requiring more than $300,000 in Manhattan and more than $200,000 in San Francisco.

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