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Old 06-04-2017, 02:16 PM
 
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Old 06-04-2017, 03:36 PM
 
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150k-160k is certainly doable in this market. You won't be living in Luxury but that's solidly middle class.

Just don't expect to be able to afford a fancy home/condo with updated finishes and two new cars.

Would you get paid more in Boston versus Pittsburgh? Most jobs here do pay a little bit more.

Also you could look out towards the commuter rail lines that go to South Station. You could get more house for your money in a place like Dedham/Norwood and the commute would still be quick.
 
Old 06-11-2017, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Boston
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150k-160k is certainly doable in this market. You won't be living in Luxury but that's solidly middle class.

Just don't expect to be able to afford a fancy home/condo with updated finishes and two new cars.

Would you get paid more in Boston versus Pittsburgh? Most jobs here do pay a little bit more.

Also you could look out towards the commuter rail lines that go to South Station. You could get more house for your money in a place like Dedham/Norwood and the commute would still be quick.
How is that Middle class if the average house hould income in Boston is 56,000 according to C-D and the census???


We've all heard how half of individuals in Boston make less than 35k.. CD posters blow my mind sometimes
 
Old 06-11-2017, 03:45 PM
 
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How is that Middle class if the average house hould income in Boston is 56,000 according to C-D and the census???


We've all heard how half of individuals in Boston make less than 35k.. CD posters blow my mind sometimes
I could live on $20k/year if I had a ton of roommates and ate ramen every day; I've lived on less.

That said, if you're trying to support a family and not feel poor all the time, yes it's going to take $150k+/year.
 
Old 06-11-2017, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Boston
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I could live on $20k/year if I had a ton of roommates and ate ramen every day; I've lived on less.

That said, if you're trying to support a family and not feel poor all the time, yes it's going to take $150k+/year.

https://www.boston.gov/sites/default...ing-boston.pdf

The city of Boston talked defines a family of four middle income in the city to be 50k-125k..I think that CD posters are more educated and better paid, with much more free time than the majority of the Boston area public and have an inflated view at times of what the reality of the metro is. The average FAMILY income in the Boston Quincy Cambridge MSA was $78,800 in 2015. I certainly was in a household of 3 making 39k a year living in the city of Boston in 2009-2012 and was never eligible for poverty programs. Pretty steep drop off from 150k- 40k between still not even being considered poor and starting at middle class as according to your definition.
 
Old 06-11-2017, 04:39 PM
 
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https://www.boston.gov/sites/default...ing-boston.pdf

The city of Boston talked defines a family of four middle income in the city to be 50k-125k..I think that CD posters are more educated and better paid, with much more free time than the majority of the Boston area public and have an inflated view at times of what the reality of the metro is. The average FAMILY income in the Boston Quincy Cambridge MSA was $78,800 in 2015. I certainly was in a household of 3 making 39k a year living in the city of Boston in 2009-2012 and was never eligible for poverty programs. Pretty steep drop off from 150k- 40k between still not even being considered poor and starting at middle class as according to your definition.
Yes, the system is absolutely rigged against families making less than $100k/year but more than the cut off for welfare programs. All of those welfare programs added up in total could easily equal $30k+/year.

One thing to consider though is the federal tax code is much friendlier to a family making $39k/year than it is to a family making $100k/year.
 
Old 06-11-2017, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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Anybody notice anything wrong with this thread? Like the OP deleted all the words in his post and it says nothing?

Might as well close it.
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