3. Pittsburgh, PA
Typical Monthly Housing Expenses (1 Bedroom Outside of City Center): $700
Typical Monthly Utilities (Electric, Heating, Water, Garbage): $153
Monthly Public Transportation Expenses: $97.50
Annual Income Needed for a Living Wage Before Taxes: $17,244
Lovers of the McDonald's Big Mac have Pittsburgh to thank for its creation. While the city contributed a not-so-healthy food into the cultural framework of the nation, it also strives to promote environmental consciousness by having the most green buildings in the country. If you were cooped up in the library throughout college and would appreciate some fresh air, you'll enjoy the Great Allegheny Passage—a bike and running trail that when completed, will connect Pittsburgh to Washington, DC.