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This story originally appeared on Smartest Dollar.

The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked an increase in geographic mobility. According to the Pew Research Center, 22 percent of adults in the United States moved or knew someone who moved during the pandemic.

Data from the US Census Bureau shows that prior to COVID-19, Americans moved much less. In 2019, 2.1 percent of Americans moved to another county within the same state, while only 1.5 percent moved entirely to a different state. The proportion of Americans moving across county borders has remained at a relatively flat, low level since 2010.

When people think about where to go during COVID-19 and beyond, job prospects and earning potential will be paramount.

The relative cost of living in a given area has an impact on purchasing power and should be an important factor in considering employment opportunities.

The United States has significant regional differences in adjusted income via cost of living, with residents in the Northeast and Midwest generally performing better than the South or West. For example, the median adjusted income ranges from a low of $ 41,063 in Florida to a high of $ 58,029 in Massachusetts.

To find out which metropolitan areas have the greatest purchasing power, Smartest Dollar researchers calculated the adjusted cost of living using data for full-time employees from the US Census Bureau and the US Bureau of Economic Analysis.

It is followed by the large metropolitan areas with the highest adjusted cost of living.

15. Columbus, Ohio

Columbus, OhioRandall Vermillion / Shutterstock.com

  • Median income for full-time employees (adjusted): $ 55,530
  • Median income for full-time employees (not adjusted): $ 51,032
  • Percentage change since 2010 (not adjusted): 19.2%
  • Cost of living (compared to the national average): -8.1%

14. Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh esb-professional / Shutterstock.com

  • Median income for full-time employees (adjusted): $ 55,798
  • Median income for full-time employees (not adjusted): $ 51,948
  • Percentage change since 2010 (not adjusted): 24.5%
  • Cost of living (compared to the national average): -6.9%

13. Cleveland

Cleveland, OhioRudy Balasko / Shutterstock.com

  • Median income for full-time employees (adjusted): $ 55,892
  • Median income for full-time employees (not adjusted): $ 50,359
  • Percentage change since 2010 (not adjusted): 18.8%
  • Cost of living (compared to the national average): -9.9%

12. Denver

Denver, Coloradof11photo / Shutterstock.com

  • Median income for full-time employees (adjusted): $ 55,894
  • Median income for full-time employees (not adjusted): $ 58,633
  • Percentage change since 2010 (not adjusted): 23.6%
  • Cost of living (compared to the national average): + 4.9%

11. St. Louis

Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouriphotos.us / Shutterstock.com

  • Median income for full-time employees (adjusted): $ 56,624
  • Median income for full-time employees (not adjusted): $ 51,528
  • Percentage change since 2010 (not adjusted): 21.8%
  • Cost of living (compared to the national average): -9.0%

10. Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh, North CarolinaSean Pavone / Shutterstock.com

  • Median income for full-time employees (adjusted): $ 56,934
  • Median income for full-time employees (not adjusted): $ 54,998
  • Percentage change since 2010 (not adjusted): 19.7%
  • Cost of living (compared to the national average): -3.4%

9. Cincinnati

Cincinnati anthony-heflin / Shutterstock.com

  • Median income for full-time employees (adjusted): $ 57,222
  • Median income for full-time employees (not adjusted): $ 51,500
  • Percentage change since 2010 (not adjusted): 19.8%
  • Cost of living (compared to the national average): -10.0%

8. Baltimore

Baltimore f11photo / Shutterstock.com

  • Median income for full-time employees (adjusted): $ 57,575
  • Median income for full-time employees (not adjusted): $ 61,432
  • Percentage change since 2010 (not adjusted): 20.5%
  • Cost of living (compared to the national average): + 6.7%

7. San Francisco

San Francisco neighborhood.Bertl123 / Shutterstock.com

  • Median income for full-time employees (adjusted): $ 58,331
  • Median income for full-time employees (not adjusted): $ 76,764
  • Percentage change since 2010 (not adjusted): 31.5%
  • Cost of living (compared to the national average): + 31.6%

6. Minneapolis

Lake Calhoun, MinneapolisRoger Siljander / Shutterstock.com

  • Median income for full-time employees (adjusted): $ 58,512
  • Median income for full-time employees (not adjusted): $ 60,033
  • Percentage change since 2010 (not adjusted): 21.3%
  • Cost of living (compared to the national average): + 2.6%

5. Seattle

Seattle skylineChecubus / Shutterstock.com

  • Median income for full-time employees (adjusted): $ 58,573
  • Median income for full-time employees (not adjusted): $ 66,129
  • Percentage change since 2010 (not adjusted): 28.2%
  • Cost of living (compared to the national average): + 12.9%

4. Boston

Downtown Boston, MassachusettsRsphotograph / Shutterstock.com

  • Median income for full-time employees (adjusted): $ 59,046
  • Median income for full-time employees (not adjusted): $ 67,430
  • Percentage change since 2010 (not adjusted): 24.3%
  • Cost of living (compared to the national average): + 14.2%

3. Washington, D.C.

Washington, DC traffic with Capitol Building in the backgroundAtomazul / Shutterstock.com

  • Median income for full-time employees (adjusted): $ 59,993
  • Median income for full-time employees (not adjusted): $ 70,672
  • Percentage change since 2010 (not adjusted): 17.0%
  • Cost of living (compared to the national average): + 17.8%

2. Hartford, Connecticut

Hartford, ConnecticutSean Pavone / Shutterstock.com

  • Median income for full-time employees (adjusted): $ 60,357
  • Median income for full-time employees (not adjusted): $ 61,625
  • Percentage change since 2010 (not adjusted): 18.1%
  • Cost of living (compared to the national average): + 2.1%

1. San Jose, California

The San Jose skyline, which has a lower median rent than the average mortgage paymentstellamc / Shutterstock.com

  • Median income for full-time employees (adjusted): $ 63,727
  • Median income for full-time employees (not adjusted): $ 82,463
  • Percentage change since 2010 (not adjusted): 30.7%
  • Cost of living (compared to the national average): + 29.4%

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