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Cities and states across the U.S. are increasing their minimum wage this year. But the cost of living in those places could affect how far minimum wage actually goes.
In a new report, SmartAsset found the cities with the highest and lowest "real" minimum wage this year.
To calculate the "real" minimum wage, SmartAsset found the minimum wage for the 79 largest U.S. cities using minimumwage.com and local city websites.
THESE 25 STATES WILL SEE A MINIMUM WAGE BOOST IN 2022
SmartAsset then adjusted the minimum wage based on the local cost of living for those cities using data from the Council for Community and Economic Research.