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Old 05-10-2010, 01:21 PM
 
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On that link I'm not seeing that. I'm seeing $22,050 for a family of four per the 2009 Poverty Guidelines for the 48 Contiguous States and the District of Columbia.
Ugh, I posted that too quickly I guess. I misread it as the bottom being a family of 4.

However, you will find that many cities have a MUCH higher cost of living. I'm sorry to say that you would probably not be able to support a family of four very well on 30k a year in NYC. Likewise, you would be amazed at how much it costs to live in San Francisco or LA. Seattle itself had some hub-bub because the Mayor or somebody claimed the poverty line was at 42k a year here, though I can't seem to find the article now.

OTOH, I grew up in Missouri and saw people do just fine on 20k a year (to this day my best friends Dad makes 10 bucks an hour working at Sears, making more than he has the decades he has worked there) without even using food stamps or anything.
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Old 05-10-2010, 01:27 PM
 
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Ugh, I posted that too quickly I guess. I misread it as the bottom being a family of 4.

However, you will find that many cities have a MUCH higher cost of living. I'm sorry to say that you would probably not be able to support a family of four very well on 30k a year in NYC. Likewise, you would be amazed at how much it costs to live in San Francisco or LA. Seattle itself had some hub-bub because the Mayor or somebody claimed the poverty line was at 42k a year here, though I can't seem to find the article now.

OTOH, I grew up in Missouri and saw people do just fine on 20k a year (to this day my best friends Dad makes 10 bucks an hour working at Sears, making more than he has the decades he has worked there) without even using food stamps or anything.
I agree that in most major cities it would be difficult. But the original assertation that anyone making $35K a year in the US is at poverty level and will get all sorts of public assistance is ludicrus.
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Old 05-10-2010, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Live in NY State, work in CT
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I never thought I'd say this (and have been on C-D a lot less lately as well), but this sounds like "Weekend Traveler" at it again........
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Old 05-10-2010, 02:38 PM
 
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I agree that in most major cities it would be difficult. But the original assertation that anyone making $35K a year in the US is at poverty level and will get all sorts of public assistance is ludicrus.
Actually I didn't say they would be at the federal poverty line. I said they would qualify for assistance such as housing assistance and food stamps. And it varies by not just state, but by county. And as I said, in most places, a salary of $35k qualifies an individual, with a household of one, for housing assistance.
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Old 05-10-2010, 02:46 PM
 
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Now you know what Hawaii employers have been dealing with for decades. Use to be you post a job for a part-time office cleaner and you get 750 applications/resumes from everyone all over the US. All looking for the dream of living in Hawaii. Now, you get 1,500 in todays economy.
I'd pull up stakes and head to Hawaii for a house-sitting job if possible. That's how much I want a job/career change.
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Old 05-10-2010, 02:54 PM
 
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Actually I didn't say they would be at the federal poverty line. I said they would qualify for assistance such as housing assistance and food stamps. And it varies by not just state, but by county. And as I said, in most places, a salary of $35k qualifies an individual, with a household of one, for housing assistance.
In most places? Not hardly. I lived in the second highest cost of living county in NJ (ie one of the most expensive places to live in the US), and an individual wouldn't qualify for anything with that income.
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Old 05-11-2010, 01:56 AM
 
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I never thought I'd say this (and have been on C-D a lot less lately as well), but this sounds like "Weekend Traveler" at it again........
Under one of many pseudonyms, yep...
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