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Old 06-15-2013, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Cleveland
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When I was traveling in Europe, particularly England, I noticed that people are not nearly as concerned with how much money they make as Americans. By comparison, Americans seem too greedy and workaholic, and forget about what I think are the more important things in life, like doing something meaningful, or doing things that you enjoy. It seems like most Europeans take the attitude that they want enough to survive, but they're not going to let their whole lives center on work and money. I take a similar attitude, and I don't want to spend my whole life chasing the dollar. Are there any places in the US where I'm more likely to find this attitude, or would I have to leave the country for it?

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Old 06-15-2013, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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I'd say the Midwest and the South are likely contenders. There are obvious caveats to those regions (like Atlanta, Miami and maybe Chicago), but by and large people seem a bit less money-centric.
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:20 AM
 
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Upstate NY fits your criteria.
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Old 06-15-2013, 10:05 AM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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When I was traveling in Europe, particularly England, I noticed that people are not nearly as concerned with how much money they make as Americans. By comparison, Americans seem too greedy and workaholic, and forget about what I think are the more important things in life, like doing something meaningful, or doing things that you enjoy. It seems like most Europeans take the attitude that they want enough to survive, but they're not going to let their whole lives center on work and money. I take a similar attitude, and I don't want to spend my whole life chasing the dollar. Are there any places in the US where I'm more likely to find this attitude, or would I have to leave the country for it?
I dont think this is accurate.
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Old 06-15-2013, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Columbia, MD
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It's ashame how many people have lost the notion of what it truly means to live. There are people with money, who are very sincere and do not spend their hard earned money trying to show off for people they do not know. A good place, that fits your description is Taos, New Mexico. There are a number of off the grid communities, old hippy communes, freelance artists, and free thinkers.

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Old 06-15-2013, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Penna
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Alaska
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Old 06-15-2013, 10:42 AM
 
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I'd say the much of the Midwest, Plains and Rocky Mountain states are less focused on wealth and are less pretentious in general. I'm a Florida native and have lived in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, and am now back in "new money-oriented" Central Florida.
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Old 06-15-2013, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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Much of the midwest is not so concerned with wealth and I'd say the same about most of the south. In the cities, there are areas where they're all about wealth, but on average, even in Chicago, it's not as much as say NYC, LA, or even DC. I also find most of Philadelphia to be cool and parts of Boston as well. Seattle and Portland for the most part too. This is for cities at least.

When you get outside of the cities, people care less too. HOWEVER they seem to be more impressed with you if you have money because they just aren't used to it. So they put you on a pedestal more it seems. Same thing with celebs. It's almost like this uncharted holy territory for many that it's like "I can't possibly imagine knowing a celebrity" or "I can't possibly imagine knowing someone really rich." So it's not a huge deal until they meet someone with that status.

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Old 06-15-2013, 12:26 PM
 
Location: New York City
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Are there any places in the US where I'm more likely to find this attitude, or would I have to leave the country for it?
It’s difficult to compare Europe to America. They have free healthcare, lots of vacation and comparatively inexpensive post-secondary education. In the US most of those things are money/career dependent.
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Old 06-15-2013, 12:47 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Why does it matter what your neighbors think about their own salary? Do you intend to let them dictate what you will purchase and how you will live? You can't make up your own mind about how to spend and what to earn?

There are plenty of poor areas in the United States if you want to be living just like your neighbors do. There are plenty of people in the USA who work very hard doing socially responsible things.

And the British, by the way, are very concerned about their salary. It is just that it is not socially done to discuss work or money. I knew people in Britain well enough to be invited to their homes for meals and after 6 years, still did not know what they did for work. But they like their luxury goodies and nice houses and cars just as much as anyone else does.

My house guests from Britain always arrive with empty suitcases so that they can load up on American goods at American prices.
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