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Where to live a more profitable life

Relocation tool identifies cities in which your salary goes further

What happens when an unusual, nonprofit organization tweaks its original mission to create a helpful tool for consumers? In the case of the Sunlight Foundation, which advocates for open government, the answer is Upwardly Mobile, a relocation research tool. Not an app, but a mobile website (for smartphone use), Upwardly Mobile is an easy-to-use tool that gives anyone the ability to research where in the country they could enjoy financial security and improved quality of life. To me, it sounds like "Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?" for job seekers, which has to be considered a good thing. I mean, if I was just starting out in today's economy, I certainly would want to know the optimum city for my particular talents -- whatever they might be -- and my particular lifestyle needs. Of course, not every solution will involve heading to Portland, Ore., or Austin, Texas, instead of moving back in with mom and dad after graduation, but you will have to use Upwardly Mo...