Where can you earn the most relative to your cost of living? Wendell Cox and Joel Kotkin of the Center for Opportunity Urbanism have created a useful index that uses mean pay per job adjusted by cost of living in 106 metros with more than 500,000 residents.
Kotkin categorizes the results by 4 categories:
- Expensive but worth it: Places like Silicon Valley and Hartford
- Moderately priced but high incomes: Houston
- Expensive but not producing enough high-paying jobs to make it worth it: San Diego and LA
- Cheap, but not for the right reasons: most of the cities on the bottom half of their list
You can check out the COU Index here.
And at the Upshot, a good article on how the GOP has completely lost cities. One of my favorites (and former boss), Stephen Goldsmith sums it up well:
It’s unimaginably distressing, even by eight years ago, let alone 16 years ago…We had an opportunity to reach broadly across the country to have an inspiring voice of opportunity, and there’s a set of coherent Republican policies that would amplify that opportunity. We’re doing the opposite. We’re insulting folks who could vote for us.
And, also at the Upshot, a worthwhile read on how political ideology is related to whether you live in cities, suburbs, or countryside. Given where my family and I have chosen to live over the past 20 years, I must be a hard-core lefty.