7. Austin, TX
Typical Monthly Housing Expenses (1 Bedroom Outside of City Center): $775
Typical Monthly Utilities (Electric, Heating, Water, Garbage): $181.59
Monthly Public Transportation Expenses: $64
Annual Income Needed for a Living Wage Before Taxes: $19,609
SXSW put this live music capital on the map, but Austin is good for a lot more than great shows. Move to Austin and enjoy an average of 300 days of sunshine a year while you relive your college days and party with the students at UT Austin. When you take into consideration the fact that it is a huge college town, it only makes sense that Forbes rated Austin as the fifth drunkest city in the country. Hook 'em and pour it up.