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Old 10-14-2007, 05:29 PM
 
Location: cradle of liberty
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By that I mean owning an average home, driving an average car, being able to afford a few children without feeling like you can't get ahead. How much do you spend on housing, eating out, cars, entertainment? Just wondering what situation others are in. I'm wondering what other people make per year and how they feel they are doing here.

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BWG.
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Old 10-14-2007, 09:31 PM
 
Location: in drifts of snow wherever you go
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This is a question only you can answer. You need to make out a budget and figure out what you can afford to pay for rent, groceries, meal & entertainment, and so on. Nobody else can tell you what you need in order to live comfortably. For some people, it's going out to dinner three times a week; for others it's two-buck chuck and lentil soup. I think I'm the latter. :-(
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Old 10-15-2007, 06:34 AM
 
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"Owning an average house" is a huge spectrum. Where? In my town, which is some 30 mi. NW of Boston, you can get a modest post-war house with maybe three bedrooms, 2 baths, for under $300K. This is considered a good price. An average car? A new Toyota Corolla, or a used minivan?
"A few children?" Would it be OK with you if they shared a bedroom? Etc.
You could rent in the city and have no car. Or buy a modest house in a city neighborhood for, oh, $350K and use public transport. Depends on where you work, where the single income might work if the other stays home with those few children, etc.
Eastern Mass. is no place to "get by". Even living modestly is pricey.
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Old 10-15-2007, 06:45 AM
 
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$1.25 million/yr
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Old 10-15-2007, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Metrowest, MA
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I hope this will give you some idea... to live comfortable.... you will most likely need to make twice as much...


State.. Rank.. Median household income (2006 dollars)
New Jersey....... 1 66,752
Maryland.......... 2 63,082
Hawaii............. 3 61,005
Connecticut..... 4 60,551
New Hampshire. 5 60,411
Alaska............. 6 57,071
Massachusetts. 7 56,592
Minnesota....... 8 56,102
Utah.............. 9 55,619
Virginia.......... 10 55,368
California....... 11 54,385
Colorado........ 12 53,900
Washington.... 13 53,515
Delaware....... 14 52,676
Rhode Island.. 15 52,421
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Old 10-15-2007, 07:47 AM
 
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check out my hysterical ranting on the relocation post.
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Old 10-15-2007, 11:54 AM
 
Location: God's Country, Maine
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When I moved from MA in the 80's, I was making $21/hr and living comfortably. I know people making twice that now and the only ones who own a home bought 20 years ago or inherited them. They are just scraping by for the most part. Up in Maine, we call it life below the Volvo line!
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Old 10-15-2007, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Marietta, GA
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You need to make enough to pay your taxes to support the political patrons of Gov. Patrick, the clowns on Beacon Hill who have nothing but disdain for you even when you vote for lower income taxes, and Senators Kennedy and Kerry who never saw a pork program they couldn't support with your federal tax dollars. Welcome to the People's Republic of Massachusetts.
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Old 10-15-2007, 09:07 PM
 
Location: wrong planet
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It very much depends on where you are going to move to.. Central MA, Boston suburbs, western MA? Huge differences in housing cost. We came here from the DC area and the cost is about the same, food is slightly higher and of course heating costs are much higher. But no sales tax on clothing (under $200?)...MD was also a very expensive place to live in and high taxes.
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Old 10-16-2007, 12:48 AM
 
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"When I moved from MA in the 80's, I was making $21/hr and living comfortably. I know people making twice that now and the only ones who own a home bought 20 years ago or inherited them."

Depends on who you know. I happen to make exactly twice/hour as above. I have had a mortgage of $1900/month for four years for a new two-bedroom custom house (1300 sq.ft.) on 1/2 acre 30 miles NW of Boston in a very nice town with good schools.
I do remember making $15K/year in 1978 and living quite well- new car, studio apartment in Cambridge, constant restaurants. Back then, I had no concept of owning property (or saving money...)
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