Here’s how much money you need to make to live comfortably on your own in Atlanta

ATLANTA - Atlanta might be the fourth-best city for singles and the fourth-loneliest city in America, but it ranks towards the bottom of U.S. cities when it comes to how much money singles need to make to live comfortably.

Nearly 47% of U.S. adults are unmarried, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, but those single people will need to make more money than 78 other metropolitan areas to do it.

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Many Americans are feeling frustrated with the high price of goods. It can be even harder for single-income households.

A new study by SmartAsset revealed just how much a single person needs to make to live comfortably in 99 different metropolitan areas.

The study analyzed the salary a single adult needs to afford a cozy lifestyle within some of the largest U.S. cities based on the 50/30/20 budget rule – allocating 50% of your salary to your needs, 30% to your wants and 20% to savings or paying off debts.

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Here's how much money you need to make to live by yourself comfortably in Atlanta:

  • Hourly wage needed: $51.66

  • Salary needed for a single adult: $107,452.80

  • Total salary needed for two working adults with two children: $230,880

Top 5 cities with the lowest salaries needed to live comfortably

1. Houston, Texas

  • Hourly wage needed for a single adult: $36.10

  • Annual salary needed for a single adult to live comfortably: $75,088

  • Total salary needed for two working adults with two children: $175,219

2. El Paso, Texas

  • Hourly wage needed for a single adult: $36.18

  • Annual salary needed for a single adult to live comfortably: $75,254

  • Total salary needed for two working adults with two children: $180,461

3. Lubbock, Texas

  • Hourly wage needed for a single adult: $36.24

  • Annual salary needed for a single adult to live comfortably: $75,379

  • Total salary needed for two working adults with two children: $181,043

4. Toledo, Ohio

  • Hourly wage needed for a single adult: $37.26

  • Annual salary needed for a single adult to live comfortably: $77,501

  • Total salary needed for two working adults with two children: $208,416

5. Laredo, Texas

  • Hourly wage needed for a single adult: $37.72

  • Annual salary needed for a single adult to live comfortably: $78,458

  • Total salary needed for two working adults with two children: $179,046

Top 5 cities with the highest salaries needed to live comfortably

1. New York City, New York

  • Hourly wage needed for a single adult: $66.62

  • Annual salary needed for a single adult to live comfortably: $138,570

  • Total salary needed for two working adults with two children: $318,406

2. San Jose, California

  • Hourly wage needed for a single adult: $65.74

  • Annual salary needed for a single adult to live comfortably: $136,739

  • Total salary needed for two working adults with two children: $334,547

3. Irvine, California

  • Hourly wage needed for a single adult: $60.96

  • Annual salary needed for a single adult to live comfortably: $126,797

  • Total salary needed for two working adults with two children: $291,450

4. Santa Ana, California

  • Hourly wage needed for a single adult: $60.96

  • Annual salary needed for a single adult to live comfortably: $126,797

  • Total salary needed for two working adults with two children: $291,450

5. Boston, Massachusetts

  • Hourly wage needed for a single adult: $60.08

  • Annual salary needed for a single adult to live comfortably: $124,966

  • Total salary needed for two working adults with two children: $319,738

FOX 5 DC contributed to this report.