It’s a time honored cliche to say that money doesn’t buy happiness. But according to new data compiled by Gallup and obtained exclusively by TIME, income does correspond to levels of personal fulfillment and glee throughout the country, although it plateaus at a $75,000 ceiling.
In conjunction with the health company Sharecare, Gallup conducted 450,000 interviews with randomly selected adults throughout the country between January 2014 and December 2016, tracking roughly 350,000 people’s daily emotions in respect to income. The results largely skew along regional lines: For instance, someone living in Chicago only needs to make $54,000 a year to reach peak happiness in the Windy City, whereas residents of Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, and Philadelphia all require an income of $105,000 to find the same level of personal enrichment. Atlanta comes in last place among major cities, with $42,000 the necessary salary for happiness.
The aggregate across twelve metro areas is as follows: