Here's How Much You Need to Make to Be Among the Top Half of Earners in Your City


Want to feel like you're pulling in the big bucks at work? Don't move to San Jose. According to this graphic from How Much, you'd have to earn more than $110,000 a year to be in the top 50 percent of salary earners in the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California area.

How Much looked at Census data on household incomes for 2016 across the 50 biggest metropolitan areas in the U.S., calculating what kind of household income it would take to be in the top 50 percent of earners in that region. In other words: How much do you have to earn to feel relatively well-off compared to your peers?

Your neighbor's salary doesn't really affect you, so you shouldn't need to worry about whether you're in the top 50 percent of earners in your area—technically. But humans, of course, are complicated, and social status is all about perception. If you live next to a Fortune 500 CEO, you'll probably feel poor in comparison even if you make an objectively high salary. One study in 2010 found that life satisfaction is more about your rank in society, not your absolute income—more money led to greater happiness only if it made people richer than their peers.

Silicon Valley is a tough place these days if you want to feel rich. While it would take $110,040 to be in the top 50 percent of earners in the San Jose area, it would still take $96,677 in the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward area.

The Washington D.C. area comes in third, with a median salary of $95,843; the Boston area comes in fourth, with a median salary of $82,380; and the Seattle area fifth, with a median salary of $78,612. The New York-Newark-Jersey City area comes in tenth place, at a median income of $71,897.

This data is purely based on salary, not net worth, so it doesn't tell you what kind of money it would take to feel rich in a neighborhood full of trust-fund heirs who own multi-million-dollar homes but might not bring home huge paychecks from their day job. Nor does it reflect housing prices or other costs, which differ wildly if you live in San Francisco versus New Orleans and definitely affect how far your salary goes and, thus, how wealthy you feel.

Even if you live in a place with high median incomes, though, just remember: Feeling rich won't necessarily make you happy.

Kodak’s New Cameras Don't Just Take Photos—They Also Print Them

Your Instagram account wishes it had this clout.
Your Instagram account wishes it had this clout.

Snapping a photo and immediately sharing it on social media is definitely convenient, but there’s still something so satisfying about having the printed photo—like you’re actually holding the memory in your hands. Kodak’s new STEP cameras now offer the best of both worlds.

As its name implies, the Kodak STEP Instant Print Digital Camera, available for $70 on Amazon, lets you take a picture and print it out on that very same device. Not only do you get to skip the irksome process of uploading photos to your computer and printing them on your bulky, non-portable printer (or worse yet, having to wait for your local pharmacy to print them for you), but you never need to bother with ink cartridges or toner, either. The Kodak STEP comes with special 2-inch-by-3-inch printing paper inlaid with color crystals that bring your image to life. There’s also an adhesive layer on the back, so you can easily stick your photos to laptop covers, scrapbooks, or whatever else could use a little adornment.

There's a 10-second self-timer, so you don't have to ask strangers to take your group photos.Kodak

For those of you who want to give your photos some added flair, you might like the Kodak STEP Touch, available for $130 from Amazon. It’s similar to the regular Kodak STEP, but the LCD touch screen allows you to edit your photos before you print them; you can also shoot short videos and even share your content straight to social media.

If you want to print photos from your smartphone gallery, there's the Kodak STEP Instant Mobile Photo Printer. This portable $80 printer connects to any iOS or Android device with Bluetooth capabilities and can print whatever photos you send to it.

The Kodak STEP Instant Mobile Photo Printer connects to an app that allows you to add filters and other effects to your photos. Kodak

All three Kodak STEP devices come with some of that magical printer paper, but you can order additional refills, too—a 20-sheet set costs $8 on Amazon.

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More Than 38,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Has Been Recalled

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Your lettuce-based summer salads are safe for the moment, but there are other products you should be careful about using these days: Certain brands of hand sanitizer, for example, have been recalled for containing methanol. And as Real Simple reports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) recently recalled 38,406 pounds of ground beef.

When JBS Food Canada ULC shipped the beef over the border from its plant in Alberta, Canada, it somehow skirted the import reinspection process, so FSIS never verified that it met U.S. food safety standards. In other words, we don’t know if there’s anything wrong with it—and no reports of illness have been tied to it so far—but eating unapproved beef is simply not worth the risk.

The beef entered the country on July 13 as raw, frozen, boneless head meat products, and Balter Meat Company processed it into 80-pound boxes of ground beef. It was sent to holding locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina before heading to retailers that may not be specific to those four states. According to a press release, FSIS will post the list of retailers on its website after it confirms them.

In the meantime, it’s up to consumers to toss any ground beef with labels that match those here [PDF]. Keep an eye out for lot codes 2020A and 2030A, establishment number 11126, and use-or-freeze-by dates August 9 and August 10.

[h/t Real Simple]