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This Is The Salary You Need To Be A Homeowner In These 20 U.S. Cities

This Is The Salary You Need To Be A Homeowner In These 20 U.S. Cities

People tend to share the false notion that they have to make a substantial amount of money to be a homeowner. Nothing could be farther from the truth. An aspiring homeowner can do it quite cheaply without decreasing their standard of living. In this article, we looked at 20 U.S. cities and discovered the salary you need to be a homeowner.

Pittsburgh

    1. Pittsburgh

    Pittsburgh is famously known as “The Steel City” for its 300+ steel related businesses. On a lesser note, it is also referred to as “The City of Bridges” for its 446 bridges (yes, you read that right). Last year, it was ranked #15 as being the best city for millennials.

    • State: Pennsylvania
    • Estimated Population: 695,000
    • Median Home Price: $135,000
    • Monthly Mortgage Payment: $740.05
    • Salary Needed: $31,716

    Cleveland

      2. Cleveland

      Cleveland is known to some as the home of King James (Lebron James that is) and to others as “The Rock & Roll Capital of the World.” Out of the 50 largest U.S. cities, Cleveland is ranked as the sixteenth most walkable city.

      • State: Ohio
      • Estimated Population: 390,000
      • Median Home Price: $121,200
      • Monthly Mortgage Payment: $746.91
      • Salary Needed: $32,010

      StLouis

        3. St. Louis

        St. Louis is home to the world’s tallest arch, The Gateway Arch. It is Missouri’s tallest accessible building and has became a famous symbol of the city.

        • State: Missouri
        • Estimated Population: 320,000
        • Median Home Price: $138,400
        • Monthly Mortgage Payment: $777.54
        • Salary Needed: $33,323

        Cincinnati

          4. Cincinnati

          Historically, Cincinnati was the first major American city after the American Revolution and still is considered as the first purely American city. It is also known as “The Chili Capital of the World” because it has the most chili restaurants per capita.

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          • State: Ohio
          • Estimated Population: 300,000
          • Median Home Price: $138,100
          • Monthly Mortgage Payment: $781.32
          • Salary Needed: $33,485

          Detroit

            5. Detroit

            Unfortunately, when most people think of Detroit, they tend to see its negatives as the overall consensus. Some people view Detroit as a disaster while others are taking advantage of the opportunities from the results of the disaster. It is the only big city, where you can buy a house in a neighborhood that is close to downtown for under $100,000.

            The city has been incentivizing people to move under their Live Downtown and Live Midtown programs, which offers rent allowances or forgivable home loans to participants who work for one of their sponsoring employers.

            • State: Michigan
            • Estimated Population: 690,000
            • Median Home Price: $135,800
            • Monthly Mortgage Payment: $828.83
            • Salary Needed: $35,521

            atl

              6. Atlanta

              Did you know that Atlanta is considered a world class city? It is ranked #45 among cities around the world and ranked #8 among cities in the nation. The city has appeared on the Forbes magazine list as one of the best cities for business and careers.

              • State: Georgia
              • Estimated Population: 450,000
              • Median Home Price: $157,000
              • Monthly Mortgage Payment: $835.34
              • Salary Needed: $35,800

              tampa

                7. Tampa

                Interestingly, Tampa is ranked as the 5th most popular city to live, according to a Pew Research study. It is also recognized as a Gamma+ world city by Loughborough University. (A gamma city is a city that links a smaller region or state to the global economy.)

                • State: Florida
                • Estimated Population: 350,000
                • Median Home Price: $160,000
                • Monthly Mortgage Payment: $880.42
                • Salary Needed: $37,732

                phoenix

                  8. Phoenix

                  Do you hate Daylight Savings Time? If so, you’re in luck because Phoenix does not observe it. It is also a city that offers countless cuisines, including (but not limited to) Mexican, Korean, Creole, Greek, Hawaiian, Thai, Italian, Indian, Brazilian, and French.

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                  • State: Arizona
                  • Estimated Population: 1,450,000
                  • Median Home Price: $200,300
                  • Monthly Mortgage Payment: $948.69
                  • Salary Needed: $40,658

                  Orlando

                    9. Orlando

                    Orlando (or The Theme Park Capital of the World) attracts more than 57 million tourists a year, including 4+ million international tourists. According to the Pew research study mentioned earlier, Orlando is the fourth most popular city to live.

                    • State: Florida
                    • Estimated Population: 255,000
                    • Median Home Price: $180,000
                    • Monthly Mortgage Payment: $983.34
                    • Salary Needed: $42,143

                    san antonio

                      10. San Antonio

                      Within the last 5 years, San Antonio has been in the nation’s top 10 as one of the fastest growing cities. Forbes magazine ranks the city for having the 9th best job market and as one of the best cities for business and careers.

                      • State: Texas
                      • Estimated Population: 1,410,000
                      • Median Home Price: $185,500
                      • Monthly Mortgage Payment: $1,058.73
                      • Salary Needed: $45,374

                      Dallas

                        11. Dallas

                        Like San Antonio, Dallas has also been in the nation’s top 10 as one of the fastest growing cities. It has the fourteenth largest GDP in the world, according to the OECD. Contrary to popular belief about Texan culture, Dallas has the 6th largest LGBT population in the nation.

                        • State: Texas
                        • Estimated Population: 1,200,000
                        • Median Home Price: $189,600
                        • Monthly Mortgage Payment: $1,138.35
                        • Salary Needed: $48,786

                        houston

                          12. Houston

                          Houston is the largest city in the Southern U.S. and considered by The Huffington Post to be the most diverse city in the nation. Within the last 5 years, it has appeared on multiple Forbes lists for being the best city for shopping, buying a home, and for college graduates.

                          • State: Texas
                          • Estimated Population: 2,200,000
                          • Median Home Price: $199,300
                          • Monthly Mortgage Payment: $1,166.28
                          • Salary Needed: $49,983

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                          Philadelphia

                            13. Philadelphia

                            Did you know that the city of brotherly love has the most outdoor sculptures and murals than any other U.S. city? Rightly so, Philadelphia has a rich history that is commonly expressed through the arts, making it the city with the most public art.

                            If you are hungry for more than art, then you’re in luck. Philadelphia is known for the “hoagie” and the Philly cheesesteak.

                            • State: Pennsylvania
                            • Estimated Population: 1,560,000
                            • Median Home Price: $213,300
                            • Monthly Mortgage Payment: $1,187.99
                            • Salary Needed: $50,914

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                              14. Baltimore

                              Like Philadelphia, Baltimore is also a historic city. It was the home of Edgar Allan Poe and Frederick Douglass. Francis Scott Key also wrote our national anthem there. The city has 280 properties that are registered as historic in the National Register of Historic Places.

                              • State: Maryland
                              • Estimated Population: 620,000
                              • Median Home Price: $233,200
                              • Monthly Mortgage Payment: $1,228.78
                              • Salary Needed: $52,661

                              chicago

                                15. Chicago

                                Chicago is the largest city in the Midwestern U.S. and commonly referred to as “The Windy City.” It is also a major world convention destination. The McCormick Place is the largest convention center in the nation and the 3rd largest in the world.

                                • State: Illinois
                                • Estimated Population: 420,000
                                • Median Home Price: $195,100
                                • Monthly Mortgage Payment: $1,268.09
                                • Salary Needed: $54,346

                                Miami

                                  16. Miami

                                  Miami is the 2nd largest city with a Spanish-speaking majority and sometimes nicknamed as “The Capital of Latin America.” There is one thing that Miami and most major Latin American cities have in common: the absence of winter.

                                  • State: Florida
                                  • Estimated Population:
                                  • Median Home Price: $265,000
                                  • Monthly Mortgage Payment: $1,363.40
                                  • Salary Needed: $58,431

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                                  Portland

                                    17. Portland

                                    Did you know that Portland is home to the most microbreweries in the world? The city is often compared to Austin because they have quite a bit in common (except the cost of living).

                                    For more than a century, Portland has been known as “The City of Roses”, due to their abundant amount of rose gardens (including the popular International Rose Test Garden).

                                    • State: Oregon
                                    • Estimated Population: 610,000
                                    • Median Home Price: $288,900
                                    • Monthly Mortgage Payment: $1,414.08
                                    • Salary Needed: $60,603

                                    Denver

                                      18. Denver

                                      The Mile-High city is exactly one mile above sea level, making it the one of the highest major cities in the United States. Forbes magazine ranks the city as one of the best cities for business and careers.

                                      • State: Colorado
                                      • Estimated Population: 665,000
                                      • Median Home Price: $314,800
                                      • Monthly Mortgage Payment: $1,438.32
                                      • Salary Needed: $61,642

                                      Seattle

                                        19. Seattle

                                        Seattle is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest and arguably the coffee capital of the West Coast. Currently, it is the only city that has passed a law to gradually increase the minimum wage, reaching $15/hr in 2 years for big businesses and 6 years for small businesses.

                                        • State: Washington
                                        • Estimated Population: 650,000
                                        • Median Home Price: $352,000
                                        • Monthly Mortgage Payment: $1,699.70
                                        • Salary Needed: $72,844

                                        Boston

                                          20. Boston

                                          Boston is the largest city in New England and one of the oldest cities in the country. The compact nature of the city makes it very walkable and is known for having the highest concentration of pedestrian commuters. The city is also famous for its native accent.

                                          • State: Massachusetts
                                          • Estimated Population: 650,000
                                          • Median Home Price: $383,200
                                          • Monthly Mortgage Payment: $1,867.83
                                          • Salary Needed: $80,049

                                          Featured photo credit: Ryan McGuire via gratisography.com

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                                          Published on September 17, 2018

                                          How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

                                          How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

                                          Achieving financial success is not something that just happens. Maybe if you win the lottery or something, but for the average person like you or me, it comes from a series of small steps you take over a long period of time.

                                          With each step, you form a new smart money habit. And with each smart money habit, you build towards financial independence.

                                          So what sort of habits can you form to get on that path? Let’s take a look at smart money habits you can start today to get you closer to a financially independent future.

                                          1. Avoid being “penny wise but pound foolish”

                                          It’s tempting to try saving a couple cents here and there when buying small items. However, that’s not where the real money is saved. You’re putting in extra effort for something that doesn’t move the needle.

                                          You get the most bang when you’re able to cut down on your bigger bills. For example, finding a lower interest rate for your mortgage could save you $50+ per month. And cutting your transportation bill by purchasing a cheaper car or taking public transportation can provide large gains as well.

                                          So, look at your recurring expenses such as housing, transportation, and insurance, and see where there’s wiggle room. It’s a much better use of your time than trying to pinch pennies here and there on smaller purchases.

                                          2. When you want something big, wait

                                          Impulsivity can get you in trouble in most aspects of life. Finances are no different.

                                          It’s human nature to see something and want it right then and there. It starts as a kid in the checkout line at the grocery store, and it continues on through adulthood.

                                          We get an idea in our head of something we want, and it’s hard not to go out and get it right then.

                                          A good example is wanting a new car. Perhaps you’ve had your car for several years. It’s crossed the 100k mile mark. Maybe maintenance is due, and you’re annoyed that you need to replace the timing belt or purchase new tires.

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                                          So, you get the itch.

                                          You start digging around online, and you realize you could trade in your current car for something newer and more exciting… all for a few hundred bucks a month. Then you get obsessed.

                                          Here’s where you have to take a step back.

                                          Your newfound obsession is clouding your judgement. Rather than giving into the impulse, wait it out.

                                          Set a timeframe for yourself. Maybe you come back to the decision three months down the road. See if the obsession lasts.

                                          It might, but often, a funny thing happens. Often, you forget about it. And often, you find that the new car wasn’t a need at all.

                                          The impulse faded. And you just saved yourself a ton of money.

                                          3. Live smaller than you can afford

                                          You finally get that big raise. And you want to celebrate – and why not?

                                          You’ve been looking forward to this forever. And after all, it was all due to your hard work.

                                          That’s fine, splurge a little. However, make it a one-time deal and be done.

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                                          Don’t get caught in the trap that just because you’re now making more money, you should spend more.

                                          Too often, people get more money and feel like they that gives them the means to buy a bigger house, a bigger car… you know the drill. Resist.

                                          The fact is that living smaller than what you can afford is one of the fastest ways to build savings.

                                          But if you constantly upgrade as you begin to make more, then you’ll never get ahead. You’ll just build up more debt along the way and have just as little wiggle room as before.

                                          4. Practice smart grocery shopping

                                          Food… it’s one of the biggest portions of any budget. And if you’re not careful, it can be one of the biggest drains on your wallet.

                                          But luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you stay smart with your money when buying groceries.

                                          Create a grocery budget

                                          Set a strict weekly grocery budget. When you know how much you can spend on groceries, you can then plan your weekly menu around it.

                                          Once you know what all you need, you can go shopping and keep a running tally as you shop to ensure you’re on track.

                                          I tend to do this in my head, rounding for each item. However, writing it down as you go would probably work best for most people.

                                          Make a list… and never deviate

                                          Never go to the grocery store without a list. If you go to the store with a ballpark idea in mind, you don’t have a true ide of what you need.

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                                          You’re not well-researched. You don’t know what the sales are. As a result, you’re going to make decisions on the fly.

                                          These impulse decisions will lead to overspending, which will derail your grocery budget.

                                          Eat before going grocery shopping

                                          It’s also important to eat prior to going to the grocery store. Hunger is a powerful force.

                                          If you’re shopping on an empty stomach, everything is going to look good. In particular, you may find a lot of ready-made, processed snacks will look enticing.

                                          After all, you’re hungry now and that food is easily available. So subconsciously, you may lean towards those items.

                                          Unfortunately, not only are those items typically less healthy, but they’re likely more expensive. You pay for convenience.

                                          However, when you eat prior to shopping, then you’ll shop with a clear mind. Your hunger won’t cloud your judgement, influencing you to make poor decisions like a cartoon devil resting on your shoulder whispering in your ear.

                                          This makes it much easier to stick to your grocery plan.

                                          5. Cancel your gym membership

                                          Now that you’re all set on your food, it’s time to get smart about managing your budget in terms of physical fitness. And let’s begin by avoiding the gym. The gym bill, that is.

                                          The average gym membership costs around $60 per month. That’s $720 a year.

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                                          Yet, two out of three gym memberships go unused. That means two-thirds of people who have a gym membership are literally giving away almost a thousand bucks a year. It’s crazy!

                                          I recommend seeking an alternative. One good alternative is to look into fitness streaming services.

                                          Streaming services allow you to stream hundreds of workouts like Insanity and p90x, right in your own home for around $10-20 a month. That’s $40-50 less a month than the average gym membership.

                                          Of course, then there’s the free option. The internet is full of free workouts that you can do on your own with minimal or no equipment.

                                          For example, there’s the Couch to 5K program, that I personally used a decade ago to ease myself from couch potato to running my first 5K race. If I could do it, anyone could.

                                          Then there are free resources like reddit that have limitless information on workouts. The Fitness subreddit has done all the research for you, populating workout tips and detailed workout routines for anyone to use in their wiki.

                                          There are several routines that require no equipment. And you can join in on the subreddit to become part of the community, making it easier for those seeking comraderie and encouragement in their fitness goals. All for free.

                                          It’s baby steps… And baby steps can start now!

                                          I’ve never met anyone that can’t stand to be a bit smarter with their money. And on the flip side, anyone can get smarter with their money. But remember, it doesn’t happen all at once.

                                          Begin by fighting your impulses. Prepare for the week and be smart at the store. And cut monthly expenses like gym memberships that are overpriced and you probably aren’t getting your money’s worth out of anyway.

                                          The devil is in the details. And the details can change your lifestyle and prep you for a financially independent future.

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