Survey: To be happy in Phoenix, you need an annual salary of $119,070

View of the downtown Phoenix, Arizona city skyline as seen from South Mountain Park, August 28, 2018. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP)

If you want to know how much money you need to make to be happy living in Phoenix, the simple answer is “a lot.”

A survey from Purdue University and found that you need an annual salary of $119,070 to be happy in Phoenix. It also found that people need to be making between $68,040 and $85,050 annually for their emotional well-being.

The study argued that the optimal amount of money it takes to be happy varies worldwide.

“That might be surprising as what we see on TV and what advertisers tell us we need would indicate that there is no ceiling when it comes to how much money is needed for happiness, but we now see there are some thresholds,” said Andrew T. Jebb, a doctoral student and the lead author of the Purdue University study, in a press release.

The research specifically sought to pinpoint the amount where money no longer changed a person’s level of emotional well-being.

Emotional well-being was measured according to a person’s day-to-day emotions, including happy, excited, sad and angry. 

The survey also found that in Mesa, you need to make $119,280 to be happy and in Tucson, you need to make $104,370. In New York City, you'll need to earn $219,765, and in San Francisco, you'll need to make a whopping $319,935 annually to be happy.

Nationally, the study says that the ideal salary needed to be happy is roughly $105,000, they say that’s generally enough to make people feel comfortable and happy enough to explore bigger goals.

The Purdue researchers determined that, globally, individuals would need an income of $60,000-$75,000 for emotional well-being.