Making a good living is one thing, living well is another. And that often boils down to where you choose to live.
The best places are likely the ones where you can find a job, earn a good salary and buy a nice home. In a 2016 report, job-hunting site Glassdoor calculated the top spots where your pay will go furthest, based on salaries and home values. To do so, the jobs site came up with a cost of living ratio — a city's median base salary divided by its median home value.
Noticeably missing are some of America's biggest cities. While you can certainly earn more in hubs like New York and San Francisco, few people can afford to buy a house or an apartment there.
We came up with the top 25 cities where an average paycheck goes a very long way and the quality of life is great. (A higher ratio number is better.)
17. Charlotte, NC
Cost of living ratio: 36%
Median base salary: $58,000
Number of open jobs: 37,180