The 10 cities where you can live like royalty on less than $70,000: STL Takes #6

St. Louis one of the most affordable cities

St. Louis is one of the nations most affordable cities!

Making a good living is one thing, living well is another. And that often boils down to where you choose to live.

The best places are likely the ones where you can find a job, earn a good salary and buy a nice home. In a 2016 report, job-hunting site Glassdoor calculated the top spots where your pay will go furthest, based on salaries and home values. To do so, the jobs site came up with a cost of living ratio — a city’s median base salary divided by its median home value.

Noticeably missing are some of America’s biggest cities. While you can certainly earn more in hubs like New York and San Francisco, few people can afford to buy a house or an apartment there.

Here are the top 10 places where an average paycheck goes a very long way and the quality of life is great (view the full list of 25 here, from CNBC).

10. Louisville, Ky

Cost of living ratio: 39%

Median base salary: $54,000

Median home value: $137,500

Number of open jobs: 22,693

9. Kansas City, Mo

Cost of living ratio: 39%

Median base salary: $58,000

Median home value: $147,500

Number of open jobs: 35,639

8. Birmingham, Ala

Cost of living ratio: 40%

Median base salary: $50,800

Median home value: $128,000

Number of open jobs: 15,299

7. Cincinnati

Cost of living ratio: 40%

Median base salary: $57,179

Median home value: $143,400

Number of open jobs: 32,605

6. St. Louis

Cost of living ratio: 40%

Median base salary: $56,896

Median home value: $141,900

Number of open jobs: 35,300

5. Indianapolis

Cost of living ratio: 43%

Median base salary: $56,000

Median home value: $130,200

Number of open jobs: 33,090

4. Cleveland

Cost of living ratio: 44%

Median base salary: $55,000

Median home value: $125,500

Number of open jobs: 29,304

3. Pittsburgh

Cost of living ratio: 45%

Median base salary: $56,896

Median home value: $126,700

Number of open jobs: 46,379

2. Memphis, Tenn

Cost of living ratio: 46%

Median base salary: $52,000

Median home value: $112,100

Number of open jobs: 17,982

1. Detroit

Cost of living ratio: 50%

Median base salary: $61,500

Median home value: $123,100

Number of open jobs: 54,808

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My New Dining Room Chairs

After 4 generations, my grandmother’s dining room table has new chairs!  It is almost sacrilegious to replace them, though the set of 12 dwindled to 6 with family members collapsing to the ground during gatherings. My mother used to have them cobbled together, though furniture repair people told her that they could not get fixed anymore. I still have the remaining ones left to use during large dinners, though I now have 6, sturdy new ones that more contemporary and comfy.

Designer David Deatherage helped me select the chairs and fabric at KDR. The chairs are from Century (Tempe design) and the fabric is Glant Sorrento Arancia.




Do you know what a Mezuzah is?



mezuzah (Hebrew: “doorpost”) is a piece of parchment in a decorative case inscribed with specified verses from the Torah that is placed on door frames. I salvaged these from a home in Olivette that I sold so that I could give them back to the original owner.

A mezuzah serves two functions: Every time you enter or leave, the mezuzah reminds you that you have a covenant with God; second, it serves as a symbol to everyone else that this particular dwelling is constituted as a Jewish household, operating by a special set of rules, rituals, and beliefs.

In Ashkenazic tradition, the top of the mezuzah is inclined towards the inside of the room, and the bottom towards the outside. It is believed that placing it in a “standing” position is not respectful, similar to how the Tablets and the Torah scroll were arranged in the Holy Ark in the Temple.

The “Klaf” is handwritten in Hebrew, and it is remarkably small, approximately 2″ x 1.5″ max. The craftsmanship is impeccable, I can only wonder how old they are!

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My Trip to Argentina


I have traveled to some great places in our fine nation over the last few years and have been going to Puerto Vallarta every January…though I was in a bit of a rut and realized that I had not traveled to anywhere very exotic or far away for about a decade. Recently I received an invitation to visit a friend in Buenos Aires and I jumped on the opportunity to go!

I stayed with my friend in his condo in the Palermo area of town. It is Spring down there and the weather was delightful. I spent my days walking the city, touring, eating lots of steak & just living like a local.

Evita was sort of the theme and I visited her grave, a museum devoted to her & Casa Rosada where she addressed the people from the balcony.img_9682

During my stay, I made a trip up to Northern Argentina bordering Paraguay and Brazil to see the famous Iguazu Falls. There really were breathtaking and looked like something you would see in a Lord of the Rings movie. I even saw a toucan!

Unfortunately my iPhone was stolen early on in my trip and I came to understand that you can not buy in iPhone in Argentina. I am thankful that I had my iPad with me and was able to stay in contact….though I did not get to take many pictures.