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Note that while being expensive, the average wages are below the other states. Why? Well the disparity in pay between workers at all levels, except the CEO and the rest.
If it was just liberal programs, you would have higher incomes on average, which you do not.
The problem is as it is elsewhere...the rich vs the poor.
I was offered a job in manhatten recently, 60,000 range. Education Director and I demanded 90,000.
They said I could commute into town and I said no way.
I am betting the CEO made 20 million though.
The South is best for your money. You can buy a larg house for 250 thousand or less.
I have a 3 bedroom, 2200 sq ft house with a covered pation, side patio and a large lot and my house is worth about 160,000 and I owe 30,000 on it. Real estate taxes in Alabama are cheap.
Some jobs pay well, many don't. So, if you have a skill, college degree you can do ok here. Otherwise, you will be poor as a church mouse down here.
The biggest industry is fast food. They chase off all other industry to keep labor cheap.
OK, for those that suggest that these "amenities" are worth it, really? Not seeing WHAT you have in these locations that I don't have ACCESS as needed, w/o the burden of a Cost of Living that in substantially higher.
I have 2 homes...A 3 bedroom, 2 bath wtih 60 acres, and a 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath with 13 acres, each with creeks/ponds and each with cty water/elec, fire, policing etc...I couldn't afford ONE of these in NYC or California with the taxes that offer LESS protection, as last time I checked MY area (closest big city) had significantly lower tax rates and Crime rates) so suggesting that you get BETTER amenities is not accurate, as ALL of those cities are significantly MORE dangerous and expensive...NOT better.
The fact that ALL are controlled by very Liberal Governing bodies, while MAYBE a "coincidence" can't be lost on us, as they are the ones bragging about how "great" things are, all the while taking MORE and MORE of YOUR money...and THEY leave office very rich.
Well duh! When you have a state run for decades by liberals, it is going to be an expensive place to live! All those taxes for social programs (read give-aways) cost SOMEONE money!
Remember folks...government has NO money...save what it receives (takes) from it's citizens. And governments run by liberals...TAKE a lot! History bears that out!
The entire west coast is expensive to live on. All three states...which are slowly merging into one...to be known as Califckya are spendy places to live! I know...I live (for a short time longer) in one of them...and it used to be a real nice place to live. After 30+ years of liberal Democrat control...not anymore!
Democrats totally controll CA which is why it's the most taxed and regulated state.
Democrats are evil.