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While at the Iowa Code Camp, a few of us were talking over lunch about the cost of living in various parts of the country. Greenville, SC was really cheap, Charleston, SC wasn't (at all.)  Minneapolis has some areas that are more than others, and where we are is a little pricey (although not the priciest.)

This got me thinking about how much houses cost, etc... and it occurred to me that my parents bought 13 acres of land AND built their house (back in the day, when I was a kid) for less than what I pay in a year and a half in rent.  We had a nice house, and a great view.  Now I live in a subdivision, on maybe a 1/4, in a house that a like, but that needs a fair amount of work.

Of course, times have changed. I make a little more at 38 than my parents did combined, at the same age. So with housing costs, food, gas, children, etc... am I really any better off? 

Overall, yeah... I think I am. I'm certainly not starving. I'm not having to make hard choices like I did early in my career. (You know, like choosing between paying the power bill or eating.)  I have a little bit of savings, but I'm probably going to have to work until I'm 80... if I live that long.  I don't see myself retiring and moving to the Carolinas any time soon.

Posted on Saturday, May 3, 2008 1:42 PM General Interest | Back to top


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