ranks Birmingham as top “Most Bang for Your Buck” city

Birmingham Alabama
Photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now is one of the largest job seeking websites on the internet, so they do know a little bit about the job market and the cost of living in the U.S.

Last week, Indeed published a comprehensive story featuring cities that make your dollar go further. Titled – Bang for Your Buck? The Cities Where a Paycheck Goes the Furthest in 2017, the recent Indeed survey ranked Birmingham as the best place in the U.S. – “where what you’re likely to earn buys the most.”

Here is how Indeed conducted the study:

“To find where salaries go furthest, we calculated the average salary for all jobs with annual-salary information posted on Indeed between August 2016 and July 2017 in each of the 104 US metropolitan areas with at least 500,000 people, and then adjusted for each metro’s cost of living.”

Here is Indeed’s top 20 cities – “Most Bang for the Buck Cities”

Birmingham Alabama
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Following Birmingham as the “Most Bang for Your Buck Cities” are Jackson, Mississippi, Fresno, California  and St. Louis, Missouri.

The study also ranked the cities “Hardest to Make Ends Meet.” Topping that list are  Honolulu, Hawaii, Tuscon, Arizona, Miami, Florida and New York City.

Birmingham Alabama - Vulcan
Picture of Vulcan after he was given a fresh coat of paint this Spring – photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now
A nice “run” of good press

This year, the Magic City has received positive press from several news outlets and studies. Here are some good examples:

CNN Travel: Birmingham is one of the most charming cities in the South
Outside Magazine’s  – 25 Best Towns of 2017 edition 
And features in the New York Times, Washington Post and Denver Post.

Include Food and Wines’s recent move – Birmingham has been getting some good press in 2017.



Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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