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Old 08-13-2008, 04:30 PM
 
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States of the United States of America by income - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Lowest-income counties in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Interesting, yet our cost of living has gone up to more the mid-range. That makes sense.
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Old 08-13-2008, 07:08 PM
 
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It's amazing the difference....

I currently live in Washington State, #12 on the list. Probably because our minimum wage is currently $8.07 and going up. Money runs freely around these parts and people don't mind giving it away. (Literally...you ever see homeless people in Seattle?)

On the other hand, I remember growing up in Montana. I had everything I need, but nothing more. I always remember the annoying tourists that could afford all the stuff that I couldn't.

What's really surprising to me is that it's only eight hours or so driving time between #12 and #46.
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Old 08-13-2008, 07:54 PM
 
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It is amazing. This was another interesting read.

Income inequality in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Notice how much the median income (middle class) has gone up in the past thirty-some years compared to the upper class. Hey remember when dukes and lords ran the place and peasants where at their mercy? Think we might be going back that way?
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Old 08-13-2008, 08:54 PM
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Why is it that every surrounding state (Wyoming, South & North Dakota,etc.) is higher?
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Old 08-13-2008, 09:29 PM
 
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Why is it that every surrounding state (Wyoming, South & North Dakota,etc.) is higher?
Oil
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Old 08-13-2008, 09:45 PM
 
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We are not talking about the states wealth, we are talking about the individuals. I am sure the foreign country that owns the oil lease on the land in SD, ND and WY are making out quite nicely. But the how are the people that work for them doing?
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Old 08-13-2008, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Montana
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Where are the good jobs?
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Old 08-14-2008, 06:50 AM
 
Location: LEAVING CD
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Not here that's for sure!
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Old 08-14-2008, 09:01 AM
 
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Where are the good jobs?
I think it depends on what you do.

I don't think that its such a terrible thing that Montana rates low on the pay scale, but what bothers me is that I would think that our cost of living should at least reflect that we don't make the big money here and it should be less. But it really isn't.

If we are paid less, and it cost less to live here then it would make sense to me. But that is not the case. So where does that leave me in the current economy? I have to fight even twice as hard to keep up with inflation. I also heard that MT has a higher rate of people working 3 jobs. I wonder why that is
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Old 08-14-2008, 09:12 AM
 
Location: The Hi-line
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We have oil and coal. Ever been to Wibaux? That's where the money is made in this state...and well spent, I might add. Cost of living is much cheaper out there and people in the oil patch make a pretty good living.
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