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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 January 17, 2020

                                          How to Eat Healthy on a Budget (The Definitive Guide)

                                          How to Eat Healthy on a Budget (The Definitive Guide)

                                          Have you ever looked at health gurus and wondered how on earth they can afford all that health food? Or maybe you’ve tried multiple times to start eating healthy only to find the $600 monthly budget overwhelming?

                                          If you’re anything like me, you know exactly what I’m talking about! I absolutely understand the sinking feeling of looking back over a grocery budget and finding you went way over what you intended. And besides that, it can be hard to justify buying a tiny $5 bag of carrot chips while a $1 mound of potato chips is sitting right next door.

                                          My husband and I recently ran into that struggle. We got married this past year and soon found ourselves trying to balance 12 hour work-days with keeping our relationship strong and trying to keep our personal businesses afloat. Granted, our budget was the one thing that took a hit! After we started tracking our spending, we were shocked to see we were spending over $1000 a month just on food! A little planning cleared that right up.

                                          So, how to eat healthy on a budget?

                                          Here’re the top tips I learned that helped us shave over $600 monthly off of our food budget so we could reinvest that in the areas that really mattered to us![1]

                                          1. Meal Plan

                                          You’ve probably heard the saying “Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail” right? Well, this saying couldn’t be any more true than in the area of healthy budgeting! The fact is, most healthy foods don’t actually cost that much… the pre-made time saving ones do!

                                          If you go about creating a healthy meal plan within your budget, you could easily cut costs down to around the same price you are paying for junk food.

                                          Meal planning is as simple as working in foods you already have in your fridge/freezer, adding in several meals with simple ingredients and seasonal veggies, and breaking it down into a shopping list.

                                          Often, finding a few meals to make in big batches will save you the most money in the long run, which leads me to my next point.

                                          2. Cook in Bulk

                                          Not only will cooking in bulk save you a whole lot of time, it will save you a whole lot of money too! Believe it or not, if you find meals to make with similar ingredients, you can easily save more money than when you were eating unhealthy.

                                          Don’t believe me? Just look at a $4 frozen pasta dinner. Now, sub that with a veggie pasta dinner. 5 zuchinni ($3), Pasta sauce ($2.50), and chicken ($5) could last you a full 5 meals which adds up to a whopping total of just over $1 per meal!

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                                          That’s not even digging in to all the money you will save from fast-food. Trust me, a little $10 spent here and there add up! You’ll be saving a whopping amount from all the meal prep you will do!

                                          3. Cook all Your Meals in One Day

                                          The science behind this is 2-fold.

                                          Number one, if you have lots of meals to grab and go, you will be far less likely to binge on pricier food when you get hungry. Let’s be real, you’re not going to spend 1 hour cooking when hub-n’-grub is at your bekon-call!

                                          Number 2, meal prepping ahead of time will help you stick to your meal plan better when you’re not in the mood. Let’s face it, we’re all going to have days when protein and veggies doesn’t exactly sound appealing. But, if you have a full meal that’s quick to grab in the fridge, it will be easier for you to fill up on the good stuff rather than spending money on what you don’t really need.

                                          4. Cut Back on Snacks and Specialty Items

                                          I can almost hear you from across the screen. “But, I thought snacks were good for me!” Here’s the deal: Snacks are expensive! And healthy snacks, oh my goodness, say goodbye to your paycheck!

                                          Look, I’m definitely not saying that healthy snacks are bad. Quite frankly, I would much rather you chow down on Halo Top than a triple-butterfinger-fudge sundae. It’s just that… healthy snacks are why eating healthy gets a bad rap for being expensive.

                                          Look at it this way: You could either buy a week’s worth of groceries full of chicken, fish, beans, veggies, and fruits for $30. Or, you can spend that $30 on six snacks that will leave you hungry for more.

                                          What’s more, the ingredients for gluten-free baked goods, sugar free substitutes, or protein powders alone will add up to you eating a full week’s budget in one sitting. By all means, if you want to work some yummy items into your budget, do it! But don’t confuse that extra monthly $300 of delicacies as a necessity. Your body and budget will thank you!

                                          5. Satisfy Yourself with Your Favorite Subs

                                          We all have an emotional tie to food. Maybe pasta reminds you of home! Or maybe a fresh-baked pizza is what gives you a feeling of comfort. Whatever you favorite food, find a way to work it into your budget in the best way.

                                          We’re only human, and depriving ourselves of what we love will never end well. More often than not actually, it ends in take-out or a pricey-premade substitute.

                                          Instead of finding yourself in this situation, find a way to make your favorite foods fit your budget. Zuchinni noodle pasta might just give you that feeling of home without breaking the bank. Or maybe you could google a healthy pizza alternative you would like that you could make at home. Often, something similar to your craving will be enough to give you a sense of satisfaction.

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                                          Or, just buy your cheat meal and save it for a special day. That’s okay too!

                                          6. Stick to the Cheaper Proteins

                                          Okay, I know we all love steak. Unfortunately, buying pre-cooked or expensive cuts of meat are one of the easiest ways to drain a budget.

                                          Instead of purchasing those, try buying frozen chicken or eggs. A 5 lb bag of frozen chicken can be as cheap as $5, and you can buy a whole weeks worth of eggs for just over $1. You could even try going vegetarian for a few meals if you really want to cut down on costs!

                                          7. Buy Frozen Fruits and Veggies

                                          I know, we all love our fresh fruits and veggies! However, sometimes frozen might be the way to go if you’re looking to cut costs!

                                          Fruits and veggies are easiest to ship when frozen, making them a much cheaper option. Contrary to popular belief, scientists have actually found that frozen might be better for you too![2]

                                          The reason is, frozen produce is picked at its prime and shipped immediately. Fresh fruit tends to be picked much earlier so it will ripen while being shipped. Not only does this make it less nutrient dense, but sometimes the fruits are actually pumped with artificial flavors to make up for the lack of real nutrients.

                                          While I’m all for fresh fruits and veggies, don’t feel guilty if you opt for frozen foods due to a budget.

                                          8. Bump up the Calories with Rice and Beans

                                          The problem some people find when trying to eat healthy is that it can be hard to get the amount of calories you need without relying on expensive “specialty” items. Instead of stocking up on pricey gluten-free breads and pasta, I say stick to simple rice and beans as the bulk of your meals.

                                          Brown Rice is very cheap and easy to use as a base for bowls and dishes. Likewise, beans can add a bit of fiber making you feel full and satisfied without having to spend a lot of money.

                                          If you are trying to cut on body fat, use extra veggies as the bulk of your meal and add in rice and beans as a filler.

                                          9. Try Acai Bowls

                                          Acai Bowls can be a really cheap and satisfying meal as long as you do it right.

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                                          You can find cheap fruits at most stores or just freeze your fresh fruits before it goes bad.

                                          Making your own granola can save you a lot of money as well. The total cost for this delicious meal should only add up to a few dollars compared to triple that price if you were to buy one pre-made.

                                          10. Make Your Own Meal Kits

                                          Do you like your meals freshly cooked? Sending meal kits to your doorstep is an easy way to drain your budget. Instead, try making your meal kit at home! Not only is it fun, you will easily get a delicious taste.

                                          Simply find a few simple meal cards or print some out and fill a ziplock with the ingredients for each specific day. Don’t know what recipe to make? Another option is to order one month of meal kits and recycle the recipe into ingredients for the upcoming months with ingredients you picked up from the store.

                                          11. Don’t Drink Your Calories

                                          A few dollars spent here and there can really add up! Just as with specialty items, healthy drinks can be a blackhole for you. An energy drink and kombucha and coffee each day could easily have you spending and extra $300 each month!

                                          I you really need a special drink fix, try making your favorites at home. Bring a coffee in, make kombucha, or even try making lemonade with stevia or a healthy soda. You’ll be surprised w hat a big difference such a small change can make on your budget!

                                          12. Buy Cheap Online

                                          Just like anything else, it pays to be prepared. Buying foods from online retailers can be a really affordable way to save money as long as you’re prepared.

                                          Plan ahead for those more expensive specialty items you can’t live without. It will save you tons of money compared to having to buy food from a specialty store.

                                          13. Don’t Fret about the Clean Fifteen

                                          One of the huge things that can mess with a person’s budget is eating organic. For the record, I am 110% all for eating organic whenever you can. However, for some people, it can be hard to make organic food fit into a budget.

                                          Instead of scratching healthy eating for a smaller budget, try to buy meat and the dirty dozen organic, and don’t go crazy about the rest. The clean fifteen are the fifteen safest foods to buy that aren’t organic! Meanwhile, the dirty dozen is the most worthwhile avoiding. According to Produce Retailer, these are the dirty dozens:[3]

                                          1. Strawberries
                                          2. Spinach
                                          3. Kale
                                          4. Nectarines
                                          5. Apples
                                          6. Grapes
                                          7. Peaches
                                          8. Cherries
                                          9. Pears
                                          10. Tomatoes
                                          11. Celery
                                          12. Potatoes

                                          14. Pay Attention to Storage

                                          Keeping the food you have is just as important as how much food is in the first place. Try to stay on top of how much produce you can actually use before it goes bad. It might not be a bad idea to pencil an extra shopping trip in the middle of the week to keep food fresh.

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                                          Investing in good food storage containers could go a long way in saving you in the long run as well.

                                          15. Freeze Food Before it Goes Bad

                                          Instead of getting mad at yourself at the end of the week for all the wilted produce you need to throw out, try freezing it before you get to that point.

                                          Most frozen veggies will taste delicious in stir fries and soups. You can freeze fruits to make sorbet or smoothies. Frozen greens can be chopped up and tossed into just about anything for a nutrient boost!

                                          16. Consider Ditching Most Supplements and Powders

                                          I have nothing against superfood powders and supplements. However, if your budget is tight, it can be hard to fit supplements and powders in.

                                          Instead of adding in powders, add extra nutrients to you food. Add lots of greens and veggies to all your meals to meet your nutrient needs. If you need a specific supplement, you can find great deals online as well!

                                          17. Use Budget App

                                          There are so many great apps you can download for free. One of my current favorite is HoneyDue because you can track your budget easily with your spouse. There are many options available, just find the one that you’re most likely to use. The ones that download your spendings automatically are often the easiest and will give you a more accurate number.

                                          My husband and I use the same app, but have a separate budget for each of our weekly food plan and for our additional snacks. Keeping things separate can often be helpful to know exactly where your money is going. Plus, it can help hold you accountable if you have a significant other you are sharing money with.

                                          18. Use What you Have

                                          Most people have unused protein powders lying around in their cabinets. Instead of letting that go to waste, work them into your meal plan. Protein powders can make amazing doughnuts, pastries, or pancakes!

                                          19. Enjoy the Process!

                                          Finding ways to enjoy your new lifestyle will be helpful in sticking to it long term. Find fun in seeing how much you can save each month. Make a competition with someone to see who can stick to the lowest budget and create something fun to do for the winner with some of the money saved! Blast some music in the kitchen while cooking your new recipes.

                                          Budgeting and health doesn’t have to be a drag. Make it fun and you’ll enjoy your new lifestyle long-term!

                                          Featured photo credit: kevin laminto via unsplash.com

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