Even though Silicon Valley
offers America's most lucrative salararies, do wages there really go that far considering the region's high cost of living? According to Pew Research
, wages in San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara (which covers Silicon Valley) have the strongest purchasing power of any U.S. metropolitan area. Weekly average wages
there amount to $1,706, significantly higher than second-placed California-Lexington Park’s (Maryland) $1,277. Ocean City in New Jersey has the very opposite end of the scale with the nation's lowest adjusted wage of just $590.