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Yuppie Central: Houston deemed the No. 2 city in America for this often mocked breed

construction workers with Houston skyline in background
Yuppies can live more comfortably in Houston than most other places in the country. The Mathis Group Inc./Facebook
Ritz Carlton Dallas, spa, massage, facial
The survey estimated the cost of monthly facials and other luxury services in cities across the country. Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton
Studio 6, Dallas, yoga, workout
Yoga classes are popular with young professionals. Photo courtesy of Studio 6
Massage at Hiatus Spa & Retreat in Dallas
The survey included costs for monthly massages. Photo courtesy of Hiatus Spa & Retreat
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Ritz Carlton Dallas, spa, massage, facial
Studio 6, Dallas, yoga, workout
Massage at Hiatus Spa & Retreat in Dallas

Young urban professionals prone to pampering would be wise to put down roots in Houston, a new survey says. The Bayou City is ranked No. 2 in the nation for "yuppie affordability" and it's easily the cheapest yuppie lifestyle city in Texas.

The Yuppie Price Index takes into account average costs for haircuts, blowouts, manicures, massages, facials, dry cleaning, dog boarding, gym memberships and yoga classes. The yuppie lifestyle comes with a $5,202 price tag in Houston. The same type of lifestyle runs $5,594 annually in Dallas, which ranked ninth in the nation.

San Francisco is the most expensive city for luxury services. Its $6,718 annual cost reflects prices 14 percent higher than the national average. Denver; Phoenix; Washington, D.C.; and Raleigh, North Carolina, round out the top five priciest spots. Raleigh. Huh.

Indianapolis took the top spot in yuppie affordability, sliding in at $5,181 — just ahead of Houston.

To calculate the costs in each city, estimated twice-monthly manicures, quarterly haircuts, monthly facials and massages, yoga classes three times a month, and an annual gym membership — everything a good yuppie needs to keep up appearances.

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