This grim map shows all the places working-class Americans can’t afford to live, by Shawn Langlois.
In the chart below, each bubble represents a city. The color corresponds to the amount of money the average American family has left over at the end of the year after paying for their living costs, like housing, food and transportation. The darker the shade of red, the worse off you are. The greener, the better. The bubble size also fits a sliding scale.
San Antonio is the only one of the top 10 most populated cities where a working class family can enjoy a decent living without taking on more debt. Out of the top 50, only 12 qualify. …
You probably don’t need a map to tell you, but the more landlocked, the more affordable.
The best place to live from a financial perspective on an Average Joe’s salary is Fort Worth, Texas, which would leave a working-class family with a $10,447 surplus at the end of the year. On the flip side, that same family would need an additional $91,184 just to break even in New York City.