6. Buffalo, NY
Typical Monthly Housing Expenses (1 Bedroom Outside of City Center): $705
Typical Monthly Utilities (Electric, Heating, Water, Garbage): $181.59
Monthly Public Transportation Expenses: $75
Annual Income Needed for a Living Wage Before Taxes: $18,458
It isn't quite New York City, but if want to be in New York and around a lot of people, Buffalo is the second most populous city in the state. Consider this upstate city because the rent in the Big Apple is too damn high. Years ago, Buffalo was named the friendliest city in the nation by USA Today. While we don't know if it still holds true to the title, this is the place where buffalo wings were created, so there's no doubt that very good people live here.