Living alone in some of New York City's most popular neighborhoods requires a six-figure salary, according to new data. To come up with this conclusion, researchers analyzed rental applications for apartments of all sizes and numbers of rooms. Their tool can help you determine where you can afford to live alone. I personally base my budget on my monthly grocery bill, which is a combination of grocery delivery and shopping at Trader Joe's for organic fruits and vegetables.
You can still treat yourself and dine at one of the best restaurants in New York, but if you're careful with your spending and don't buy unnecessary items, it's possible to live here on a budget.