$220k salary is needed to be happy in NYC: study

Elise Czajkowski
November 26, 2019 - 2:27 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A new study has found that an annual salary of $219,765 is needed to be a happy resident of New York City.

Aside from happiness, the survey from Purdue University and GoBankingRates.com looked to pinpoint the salary level at which money no longer changed a person's "emotional well-being" and "life evaluation." Emotional well-being referred to a person's day-to-day-emotions, while life evaluation looked at overall satisfaction.

Purdue's research found that life evaluation in New York City can be met at $198,835 and emotional well-being between $125,580 and $156,975. 

The study found that the national income necessary for life satisfaction was $105,000. 

The U.S. city with the highest salary requirement for happiness is San Francisco, where $319,935 is necessary. The surveyed city with the lowest salary requirement was Cleveland, where only $80,955 is required. 

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