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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median household income in the United States is $50,221. Depending on where you live, that amount might be either substantial or skimpy. Analysis of economic data shows that the costs of basic goods like food, clothing, and housing can heavily affect the worth of a salary in any given city. These are the 10 U.S. metropolitan areas (pop. 500,000 or greater) with the highest median incomes, adjusted according to their respective costs of living.
The rankings use 2009 data from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey and the Council for Community and Economic Research's ACCRA Cost of Living Index.
Next: 10. Raleigh-Cary, N.C.