5 best places to live for work-life balance

Feb. 26, 2018

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Having a good quality of life isn’t just about how much money you make, or what kind of job you have. It’s also about the work-life culture around you.

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MagnifyMoney ranked U.S. metropolitan areas with the most balanced lifestyles, considering factors like income inequality, commute length and sleep deprivation.

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Here are the personal finance site’s top five places to live for work-life balance.

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5

Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City ranks high for both short commutes and low income inequality. It’s also a popular place to raise a family.

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19%

Residents of Kansas City spend just under one-fifth of their income on housing. The median income in the city is $47,490.

Source: MagnifyMoney

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4

Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh and nearby Durham are known as the so-called “research triangle” because of the concentration of top-notch colleges and universities.

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57%

A high percentage of Raleigh residents report being in good or excellent health, the third-highest proportion in the country. The median income is $58,640.

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3

Minneapolis

The median income in the city is $52,610, and your money goes far, with typical costs of goods and services about 4% lower than the national average.

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58%

The majority of Minneapolis residents report being in good or excellent health, the highest rate in the country.

Source: MagnifyMoney

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2

Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ranked high in multiple categories, including health and pay relative to hours worked. The median income is $50,350.

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22.3

That’s the average commute in the city, in minutes. The city is in driving distance to a number of national parks and skiing facilities, including Park City.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan

People in Grand Rapids spend just 18% of their income on housing, the second-lowest rate in the country.

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$42,020

Grand Rapids residents have a lower median income, but also benefit from a low cost of living and cheap housing.

Source: MagnifyMoney

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