1. Atlanta, Georgia
Annual income: $46,570
Median rent for a one bedroom: $880
Unemployment rate: 8.3 percent
Popular employers: Delta Airlines, Georgia Pacific, AT&T Inc.
2. Boston, Mass.
Annual income: $57,520
Median rent for a one bedroom: $1,585.00
Unemployment rate: 6 percent
Popular employers: State Street Corporation, Massachusetts General Hospital, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group
3. Houston, Texas
Annual income: $47,490
Median rent for a one bedroom: $819
Unemployment rate: 6.3 percent
Popular employers: Shell Oil Company, Chevron Corporation, British Petroleum
4. Denver, Colo.
Annual income: $50,320
Median rent for a one bedroom: $974
Unemployment rate: 7.3 percent
Popular employers: Dish Network Corporation, Lockheed Martin, University of Colorado - Denver
5. St. Louis, Missouri
Annual income: $44,210
Median rent for a one bedroom: $960
Unemployment rate: 8 percent
Popular employers: The Boeing Company, Monsanto Company, Washington University
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