Moving to the big city to make your fortune is one of the most well-worn paths in the American mythos.

Yet, not all cities are created equally when it comes to getting ahead. Local job markets, cost of living, tax rates and many other city-specific factorswill undoubtedly influence your ability to be financially secure.

Bankrate ranked the 18 largest metro areas in the U.S. according to how strong of an environment they provide for making and saving money. The results were surprising: The best areas for building wealth, it turns out, are not necessarily the biggest. […]