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These 10 U.S. Cities Offer the Best Bang for Your Buck

General Views Of The Texas Capital As The City ExpandsGeneral Views Of The Texas Capital As The City Expands
Austin, Texas is the best place to live in America to get the most for your money, according to a new study.Photograph by Matthew Busch –Bloomberg via Getty Images

If you live in a city with a big time college football team, you’re probably paying less than most for cost of living expenses, a new study reveals.

Researchers for the jobs site CareerCast.com today released the results of their “10 Best Cities for Return on Salary,” survey, which ranked Austin, home of the University of Texas Longhorns, and Columbus, home of the Ohio State Buckeyes, as the top two places for locals to get the biggest bang for their buck. Also ranking high on the list was Durham, NC, Houston, and Wausau, WI.

“The income a candidate can command is contingent on availability of jobs in a specific region,” CareerCast Content Editor Kyle Kensing said via press release. “For example, the San Francisco Bay Area – which ranks behind only New York City for average cost of living – might be your best value if you work in computer science.”

The survey found a correlation between major college towns and lower costs of living.

Cities like Lincoln, NE – home of the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers – and Tucson, Ariz. – home of the University of Arizona Wildcats – ranked higher in the survey. Major college cities, the study reveals, tend to have more high-salary jobs and a below-average cost-of-living expenses.

Here’s the full list: