Our electric bill last month was $379.00. I live in a 3 bedroom home. Not very big. Come to find out that the power company "over" estimated our last month's bill. This month it is only $180.00. SO, the cost went up, but, not as much as we thought. It's doable.
Waterloo is a great little town. Taxes are a little high in that area. But, you get what you pay for. Lots of land and lots of country. You would have access to I-255 and it would be a quick trip to Missouri if you wanted to work over there. They tend to pay more. But, could still have the country atmosphere. There are other small surrounding towns in that area. RedBud, Hecker, Prairie De Rocher, Milstadt, Columbia, Freeburg, Smithton, New Athens. The farther east you go, the cheaper the land. The wages are probably less around here, but, the cost of living is very reasonable compared to other places in the country. No major hospitals in that exact area. But, they do have RedBud Regional Center. I don't think they take critically ill patients. Those are usually shipped across the river. They also built a brand new urgi care center in Waterloo. I think you may benefit from working in St. Louis if you plan to move to this area. There are gobs of hospitals to choose from over there.The major one is Barnes. It's #8 in the country.A big machine.Lots of specialties. Both my parents went there for surgery and recieved excellent care. I hope this helps.