The 15 cities where you can live really well on $60,000

Looking to do better in the year ahead? That may simply boil 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. The jobs site came up with a cost of living ratio — a city’s median base salary divided by its median home value. (A higher ratio number is better.)

Noticeably missing are some of America’s biggest cities. While you can certainly earn more in hubs like New York and San Francisco, fewer people can afford to buy a house or an apartment there.

Here are the top 15 places where an average paycheck goes a very long way and the quality of life is great (even without a view of the Golden Gate).

15. Atlanta

Cost of living ratio: 37%

Median base salary: $60,000

Median home value: $163,000

Number of open jobs: 90,739

The Underground in Atlanta.

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The Underground in Atlanta.

14. Columbus, Ohio

Cost of living ratio: 37%

Median base salary: $57,000

Median home value: $154,600

Number of open jobs: 30,728

Columbus, Ohio

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Columbus, Ohio

13. Oklahoma City

Cost of living ratio: 38%

Median base salary: $50,000

Median home value: $132,500

Number of open jobs: 16,388

A motorist fills her car with gas at a gas station near an oil field pumping rig in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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A motorist fills her car with gas at a gas station near an oil field pumping rig in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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