If you’re working toward earning a salary that will deem you “rich” in your city, it may take some time.

One benchmark you can use on your way to wealth: Making it into the top 50% of earners.

If you’re earning at least $75,368 in New York City, you make more money than half the population there. You’re also technically middle class. To make it into the top 50% of earners in Los Angeles, you need to bring in $69,992 annually.

Here, we’ve highlighted the annual household income required to be in the top 50% in 50 major US metro areas, ranked from lowest to highest.

All data comes from the US Census Bureau’s 2017 American Community Survey 1-year estimates.


50. New Orleans, Louisiana: at least $50,528

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49. Memphis, Tennessee: at least $50,984

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48. Tampa, Florida: at least $52,212

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47. Cleveland, Ohio: at least $52,489

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46. Birmingham, Alabama: at least $53,107

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45. Miami, Florida: at least $54,284

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44. Orlando, Florida: at least $55,089

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43. Buffalo, New York: at least $55,448

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42. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: at least $56,260

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41. San Antonio, Texas: at least $56,774

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40. Las Vegas, Nevada: at least $57,189

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39. Louisville, Kentucky: at least $57,279

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38. Detroit, Michigan: at least $58,411

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37. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: at least $58,521

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36. Jacksonville, Florida: at least $58,709

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35. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: at least $59,448

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34. Indianapolis, Indiana: at least $59,566

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33. Charlotte, North Carolina: at least $61,156

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32. Phoenix, Arizona: at least $61,506

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31. St. Louis, Missouri: at least $61,571

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30. Riverside, California: at least $61,994

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29. Cincinnati, Ohio: at least $61,653

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28. Kansas City, Missouri: at least $63,404

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27. Columbus, Ohio: at least $63,764

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26. Nashville, Tennessee: at least $63,939

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25. Houston, Texas: at least $63,802

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24. Virginia Beach, Virginia: at least $64,255

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23. Providence, Rhode Island: at least $65,226

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22. Atlanta, Georgia: at least $65,381

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21. Dallas, Texas: at least $67,382

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20. Richmond, Virginia: at least $67,633

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19. Sacramento, California: at least $67,902

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18. Chicago, Illinois: at least $68,403

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17. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: at least $68,572

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16. Salt Lake City, Utah: at least $71,510

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15. Los Angeles, California: at least $69,992

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14. Portland, Oregon: at least $71,931

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13. Hartford, Connecticut: at least $71,414

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12. Raleigh, North Carolina: at least $72,576

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11. Austin, Texas: at least $73,800

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10. New York City, New York: at least $75,368

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9. San Diego, California: at least $76,207

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8. Denver, Colorado: at least $76,643

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7. Minneapolis, Minnesota: $76,856

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6. Baltimore, Maryland: at least $77,394

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5. Seattle, Washington: at least $82,133

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4. Boston, Massachusetts: at least $85,691

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3. Washington, DC: at least $99,669

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2. San Francisco, California: at least $101,714

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1. San Jose, California: at least $117,474

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