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Old 03-30-2012, 08:45 AM
 
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You sure about that? I see lots of high COL areas in the high median income category too....
?? That was my point. A lot of the really high median income areas also have really high cost of living.
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Old 03-30-2012, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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Yes, its a trade off. Highest COL isn't the best either, so a median area that is more level would seem to be a preferable place to live and work.

Someone earlier mentioned states they dislike, and how parts of KY are just "haves and have nots" with nothing in the middle. So its a useful discussion to see areas people prefer, and why.
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Old 03-30-2012, 02:59 PM
 
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When a state doesn't have any minimum wage laws does that mean a employer can pay a worker like $4.00 an hour?
No, the Federal Minimum wage is what is used in those states.
Here's a breakdown by state:
List of U.S. minimum wages - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 03-30-2012, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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The minimum wage is $7.25 per hour for most employees in Tennessee, with exceptions for tipped employees, some student workers, and other exempt occupations.[1]

At Cracker Barrel, and many restaurants they pay under Federal Minimum, apparently, as referenced by this state endorsed site. The law varies by state, and also "occupation" as wait -staff falls under a certain category.

Tennessee Minimum Wage Rate 2012 - Minimum-Wage.org (http://www.minimum-wage.org/states.asp?state=Tennessee - broken link)
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Old 03-30-2012, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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This link is particularly insructive. Look at the dark green area around Washington DC. Now you see who your tax money is trickling down to. Five million people, all living very high off the hog on your tax money, directly or indirectly.
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Detailed comparison here on a state by state basis.


Young people may also be interested to know the minimum wage laws for each state. There are FIVE states in the US with no minimum wage laws: Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas and South Carolina.
I live in Tennessee now. Before that I lived in Maryland and earlier than that, NY. One of the first things I noticed when I moved here in 2007 is teens still work in fast food restaurants in Tennessee as opposed to the illegals that did those jobs in Maryland. BUT, I'm not sure why because initially my opinion in Maryland was not that illegals were taking the jobs from teens but that the teens in the Maryland area I lived in were so spoiled, they didn't work after school and in the summer. I think the kids here in Tennessee aren't as spoiled. So, when school is out for the day, weekends and during the summer, you'll find teens here working.
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Old 03-31-2012, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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This link is particularly insructive. Look at the dark green area around Washington DC. Now you see who your tax money is trickling down to. Five million people, all living very high off the hog on your tax money, directly or indirectly.
No argument there. D.C. is much like NYC, highest salaries, but impoverished areas surrounding. This is true of most major metropolitan cities.

Quality of life is really a subjective issue, which makes this interesting.
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Old 03-31-2012, 06:30 PM
 
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The minimum wage is $7.25 per hour for most employees in Tennessee, with exceptions for tipped employees, some student workers, and other exempt occupations.[1]

At Cracker Barrel, and many restaurants they pay under Federal Minimum, apparently, as referenced by this state endorsed site. The law varies by state, and also "occupation" as wait -staff falls under a certain category.

Tennessee Minimum Wage Rate 2012 - Minimum-Wage.org (http://www.minimum-wage.org/states.asp?state=Tennessee - broken link)

I know many of the tourist towns in Michigan get away with paying summer help little/no benefits. So even in non-RTW states you still have low paid jobs with little to no benefits.
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Old 04-01-2012, 07:29 AM
 
Location: The City
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These maps are fairly recent (though think 2009 ACS) but can chow maps of income inequality fairly well

Mapping America ? Census Bureau 2005-9 American Community Survey - NYTimes.com
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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Thats an interesting map, Thanks. Very detailed.
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