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watajob Donating Member (253 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 01:51 PM
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13. I would posit...
... that it's the cost of services that make the biggest difference. Moving from near downtown Chicago to the closest swath of cornfields to it has shown me that a gallon of milk/gas, a box of screws or a 3 pack of t shirts all cost about the same in both places. But, a plumber, someone to plow the driveway and "embedded" taxes are markedly cheaper out here. So, it's definitely geographically dependent to come up with an accurate assessment of "rich". The cost of housing also heavily weighs on my assessment. Our house cost the same as a parking space at a chi-chi condo back in the city. Even with the wage stagnation my wife and I have experienced, we're still, objectively, (there's a few bucks left at the end of the month, every month!), living better out here than in a large metro area. Now finding a good burrito or pizza is another thing... :D
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