The 13 best big US cities to live in if you want to get rich

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If you want to build a fortune, the biggest, most glamorous cities in the US might not be your best bet — rather than San Francisco and New York City, you may want to consider Houston, Cleveland, or Detroit.

That’s what Bankrate found in a new report that ranked the 18 largest US metro areas according to how strong of an environment they provide for making and saving money. To determine the rankings, Bankrate analysed after-tax savable income, the job market, human capital (indicating available educational opportunities for career advancement), access to financial services, participation in retirement savings plans, and the local housing market in each city.

Read the full methodology.

Here, we’ve highlighted the top 13 big cities for building wealth. We also included the median home value in each metro area and the median household income, from the US Census Bureau‘s 2014 American Community Survey:

This story was originally published by Bankrate.

13. San Francisco

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San Francisco, California.

Population: 4,594,060

Median home value: $US657,300

Median household income: $US83,222

12. Seattle

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Seattle, Washington.

Population: 3,671,478

Median home value: $US334,700

Median household income: $US71,273

10. Chicago

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Chicago, Illinois.

Population: 9,553,810

Median home value: $US211,800

Median household income: $US61,598

9. Minneapolis-St. Paul

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Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Population: 3,495,176

Median home value: $US216,400

Median household income: $US69,111

8. Miami

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Miami, Florida.

Population: 5,929,819

Median home value: $US210,000

Median household income: $US48,458

7. Baltimore

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Baltimore, Maryland.

Population: 2,785,874

Median home value: $US71,501

Median household income: $US279,900

6. Dallas-Fort Worth

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Dallas, Texas.

Population: 6,954,003

Median home value: $US160,600

Median household income: $US59,530

5. New York

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New York City, New York.

Population: 20,092,883

Median home value: $US396,700

Median household income: $US67,066

3. Cleveland

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Cleveland, Ohio.

Population: 2,063,598

Median home value: $US137,800

Median household income: $US49,889

2. Washington, DC

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Washington, DC.

Population: 6,032,744

Median home value: $US386,900

Median household income: $US91,193

1. Houston

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Houston, Texas.

Population: 6,490,180

Median home value: $US153,200

Median household income: $US60,072

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