There is no way.
Based on actual numbers just not guestimates by people here, NYC is the most expensive place to live in the US. That is by looking at everything.
Housing, utilities, restaurants(130% more than US average), grocery cost($477 on average, more than any other US city), car insurance is highest in the nation(if people even have cars which many don't).
There’s no place like New York City. With more than 8.3 million people in the five boroughs sharing ideas and competing professionally against each other, the city is home to many superlatives. Tallest buildings? Check. Acclaimed restaurants? Check. Most spectacular entertainment? That too. The...
Another study that just came out ranks NYC as the 2nd most expensive city to live in in the entire world behind only Hong Kong.
In a new study done by ECA International, NYC has unfavorably jumped in the rankings for the most expensive cities around the globe. After holding fourth
Sorry, but there is no way the average person is making that much more in salary in NYC to make up the difference in expenses, including housing which on average is probably at least 2, if not 3 times higher than other places.
Average salary in Manhattan is 164K, which isn't significantly more than what I am making where I am at with a much lower cost of living.