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Old 08-14-2008, 06:36 AM
 
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If a person was an Administrative Assistant or Barber, or Cook or Truck Driver or Policeman, they would be suffering in many communities in America. In places like San Francisco and Los Angeles or Washington Dc they would be paid relatively well but the cost of living would be so high that these middle class people may have to take a second job to survive.

In what City, State or area could a person live a good middle class lifestyle with a relatively high standard of living doing the jobs above?
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Old 08-14-2008, 07:55 AM
 
Location: hopefully NYC one day :D
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Texas probably
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Old 08-14-2008, 10:49 AM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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Texas
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Old 08-14-2008, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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texas
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Old 08-14-2008, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL and smalltown Ohio
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Texas, very tax friendly so your middle class pay will go a lot farther. You can also get a nice house with some acreage on a middle class income in a whole lotta places in Texas.
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Old 08-14-2008, 11:02 AM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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If a person was an Administrative Assistant or Barber, or Cook or Truck Driver or Policeman, they would be suffering in many communities in America. In places like San Francisco and Los Angeles or Washington Dc they would be paid relatively well but the cost of living would be so high that these middle class people may have to take a second job to survive.

In what City, State or area could a person live a good middle class lifestyle with a relatively high standard of living doing the jobs above?
Gosh there are so many subjective points it's hard to comment on this post. I mean, what do you consider a high standard of living? Buying big-screen tvs and other expensive toys? Lots of people would agree that these are unnecessary expenses and do not contribute to the quality of life. One person may consider a 1000 square foot bungalow a high standard of living whereas someone else would not agree.

I think that if you spend your money wisely and are relatively frugal you can live well on much less money than most people think you can. Sure, San Francisco (California in general), Boston, NYC, and other really large cities are pricey, but I don't think the rest of the country is too bad. People of modest means are living well in every part of the country.

The secret is to stay out of big cities and go for smaller towns. Of course, this means that public transportation most likley will not be available but lower housing prices will offset the cost of transportation, I think.

Sure Texas is one place, but so is Louisiana, Alabama, Missouri, Kansas. Just about everywhere.

20yrsinBranson
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Old 08-14-2008, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Inner Loop H-town & Austin
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Gosh there are so many subjective points it's hard to comment on this post. I mean, what do you consider a high standard of living? Buying big-screen tvs and other expensive toys? Lots of people would agree that these are unnecessary expenses and do not contribute to the quality of life. One person may consider a 1000 square foot bungalow a high standard of living whereas someone else would not agree.

I think that if you spend your money wisely and are relatively frugal you can live well on much less money than most people think you can. Sure, San Francisco (California in general), Boston, NYC, and other really large cities are pricey, but I don't think the rest of the country is too bad. People of modest means are living well in every part of the country.

The secret is to stay out of big cities and go for smaller towns. Of course, this means that public transportation most likley will not be available but lower housing prices will offset the cost of transportation, I think.

Sure Texas is one place, but so is Louisiana, Alabama, Missouri, Kansas. Just about everywhere.

20yrsinBranson

The point of economics is they can convert their cash into whatever they value. So subjectivity is irrelevant.

Texas. High wages, no income tax.
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Old 08-14-2008, 11:26 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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anywhere thats unappealing but lots of people live there
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Old 08-14-2008, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Houston Texas
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anywhere thats unappealing but lots of people live there
I did not know that SD was middle class friendly.

Unappealing and lots of people live there!
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Old 08-14-2008, 11:31 AM
 
Location: long island , ny
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long island, n.y and CT hands down! The middle class is 200K a year and they still *****!
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