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(AZCentral)   You need to make $21.14 an hour to rent a two bedroom home in Massachusetts(with state by state list)   ( divider line
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25445 clicks; posted to Main » on 19 Sep 2002 at 12:36 AM (15 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2002-09-18 08:35:18 PM  
Double it and I still wouldn't live in Massachusetts. Nearly as many Yankees there as in God's Country a/k/a The South.
2002-09-18 09:04:57 PM  
Time to move to Puerto Rico.

"The two-bedroom housing wages in the study ranged from $37.30 in Marin County, Calif., to $7.11 in parts of Alabama, and $5.94 in portions of Puerto Rico. The report pointed out, however, that low housing wages don't always mean affordable housing. In Puerto Rico, for example, the $5.94 housing wage is greater than the median hourly wage."
2002-09-18 10:35:45 PM  
Every 40 years we have to put up more totally shiatty public housing units so that the public housing morons can learn what happens when you give housing away. There's a reason most of those buildings from the 70s saw the wrecking ball in recent years. Turns out you can't make poor people rich by giving them things. It just doesn't work.
2002-09-18 11:44:15 PM  
California: $19.69??????

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA *sniff* HAHAHAHA *choke* now thats funny. Maybe its $19.69 in the middle of nowhere in Death Valley, but it sure as hell aint like that in the Bay Area, on the news today it listed a few locations and the average hourly wage was like $30. $19.69 ha, I needed a good laugh today and this did it.
2002-09-19 12:40:39 AM  
My home state of WV has the lowest housing cost of any state.

I'm still not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing.
2002-09-19 12:42:02 AM  
If I made $30 an hour I'd shoot myself. I can't live with that much of a cut in pay. :)
2002-09-19 12:42:18 AM  
Well im gonna buy 4 homes in WV tomorrow, too bad i live in Texas
2002-09-19 12:43:07 AM  
Nevada: $15.54

maybe that's why I rent the Condo that grandma left to the family trust.
sad, fukin sad.

2002-09-19 12:43:54 AM  
sadder ? I work for my step dad and mom.
2002-09-19 12:44:10 AM  
It figured I live in massachusetts.... and hey! don't knock mass!
2002-09-19 12:44:31 AM  
saddest ? I enjoy it to the fullest. :)
2002-09-19 12:45:20 AM  
What's that in say, weekly/monthly rent?

You can get a nice, inner-city 2-bedroom house for about AUS$90 a week here (each, 2 bedrooms = 2 people).
2002-09-19 12:47:25 AM  
You mean if I work at mcd's, I can't own a house? That's how it should be.
2002-09-19 12:49:23 AM  
damn Taxachusetts
2002-09-19 12:49:57 AM  
Nowhere in the country could a minimum-wage employee afford to pay rent on a two-bedroom home, an advocacy group said Wednesday. And in three-quarters of the country, even two full-time, minimum-wage jobs couldn't pay for such housing.

Maybe said worker(s) should aspire to something more than minimum wage for the rest of their life(lives).
2002-09-19 12:50:31 AM  
amen, Jayd42! a person making minimum wage needs to be setting better priorities other than pumping out a bunch of rug rats.
2002-09-19 12:50:37 AM  
That place is full of Mass-holes anyway.
2002-09-19 12:50:49 AM  
I thought New York would be the most expensive, not Massachusetts. Damn New Englanders! I say its time we send them back to old England. Then we'll see who can pahk the cah at Hahvahd yahd!
2002-09-19 12:53:07 AM  
"If I made $30 an hour I'd shoot myself. I can't live with that much of a cut in pay. :) "

Better buy some ammo. There are millions of people in India and China that can do your job at least as well as you can, and will work for far less than $30/hr. Enjoy being overpaid while it lasts.
2002-09-19 12:53:29 AM  
"Maybe said worker(s) should aspire to something more than minimum wage for the rest of their life(lives)."



2002-09-19 12:53:35 AM  
hey, come live in MS. i mean, i make a good $8.00 an hour, but i don't have any bills, on a good week work 20 hrs, and we have lots of hot southern chicks.
2002-09-19 12:54:06 AM  
Dang, in Puerto Rico, I could afford a slave to do all my housework.
2002-09-19 12:55:03 AM  
doesn't make ya weird TBF, I'd much rather live in a wooded area than beachy/city type place anyday. Yeah, the beach, sand, sun, fun is nice..... but doesn't beat out the wilderness. IMO
2002-09-19 12:55:09 AM  
MS is a good place to be from.
2002-09-19 12:57:18 AM  
Why do people from San Francisco act like it costs sooooooo much more to live there than anywhere else?
2002-09-19 12:57:40 AM  
it's gonna get worse... a record 1.23% of mortgages (i.e. 640,000 loans) are in foreclosure right now. it's the highest rate in 30 years of record keeping. and the house payment is the one payment people try the hardest to keep current... the credit card payments can slip, the car can get repo'd, but people try to make the house payments. people no longer try to live within their means so just watch as the "for sale" signs spring up in your local neighborhoods...
2002-09-19 12:59:05 AM  
eh, Vegas has no woods.... :( just a bunch of desert landscaping and 'water rights'. But we do have Kyle Conyon Ski Resort about 1 hr away(and Red Rock Canyon) @ 1/2hr).... Brianhead Utah is maybe 2-2 1/2 hrs. kinda nice being 'close' to em, but I can't see living there. Forever.
2002-09-19 01:00:20 AM  
I am blessed/cursed with living in an afulent community in the suburbs of Boston. I hate the people here. They all seem to think that the world owes them because of where they come from. When I get enough cash I am moving to New Hampshire.
2002-09-19 01:00:56 AM  
Wow, my state had the lowest price on that that a good thing?
2002-09-19 01:01:42 AM  

it depends where in CA you live. There are alot of places in the SF area where its 2000 a month for a two bedroom apt in a decent neighborhood. i live in a two bedroom town house, pay 1200 in an area close to but not in San Fran. LA is slightly less but not much.

however, alot of places in CA either in the far north or far east of the state where there aint much goin, on its more or less like OR or NV, respectively. IE, 800 a month is a decent place to live.

so basically those people help bring down the avg to some degree.

trust me tho, the places in CA where you want to live you have to hearn 40k per head per apt/house to pay rent and car payment.
2002-09-19 01:02:46 AM  
That's nice, but it's been a long time, like 20 years, since I've seen a 2BR home in Texas. Maybe a 2BR apartment.
2002-09-19 01:02:52 AM  

California is only $19.69???!!! :-D RIGHTTTTTTT!!!

Come stay and rent an unfurnished two bedroom apartment in Sunnyvale (Silicon Valley) for $1200 a month!....that's $40 a day. Just to keep your shiat under a roof and sleep.

And this is just an APARTMENT people!!!!
2002-09-19 01:03:02 AM  
Would that be an Organic house in the napa valley, because that would require more cow manure.
2002-09-19 01:03:54 AM  
If not NH, then Maine. Out in the middle of nowhere, just a nice little cabin and a dsl line. But there are some fairly isolated areas of NH, especally up north. Anything other then Lexington.
2002-09-19 01:04:43 AM  

Oh, no wonder.

It costs a crapload to live in southwestern CT, but they don't make houses with anything less than five bedrooms.

I lived in VT for a winter. Worked at a ski mountain. Good stuff and dirt cheap.
2002-09-19 01:04:46 AM  
TBF the rural areas rock. No crowds, cheap property, beautiful scenery.

(The link is pretty darn close to the view from the edge of my property)
2002-09-19 01:06:45 AM  

Me too, I'm from Santa Cruz.

"It's a hard knock life for's a hard knock life for us!"
2002-09-19 01:09:04 AM  
as a building designer/engineer.... I have to agree with Snooker, it's been a longgg time since I've seen a 2 bedroom HOUSE built.
And who the hell wants a 2 bedroom house with a roommate ?
The Condo I'm in is 2 bedrooms, my room and my office/gym. No more roomies for this guy. uhn hun.
2002-09-19 01:10:47 AM  
2002-09-19 01:14:05 AM  
okie dokey, too bad the avereage doesn't go by region. i just bought a house and am gonna rent out my condo. price is easy at $1,500 a month for an 850 sq.ft. condo in silicon valley. you biatches have to supply your own fridge tho....they were 2k about 8 months ago, i already have people lined up....
2002-09-19 01:15:12 AM  
Trees and dirt. And some kind of fence.
2002-09-19 01:16:02 AM  
Jayd42-You mean if I work at mcd's, I can't own a house? That's how it should be.

Certainly you can't own a house, but I think the crux of the article was that you can't rent one (or an apartment, even) on minimum wage, either. Which is not exactly a good thing, in my book.
2002-09-19 01:17:28 AM  
Hmm.. $19.83 an hour for Kings county, NY... aka Brooklyn where i live.. you'd have to work 154 hours a week at minimum wage for a 2 bedroom, thats 30.8 hours a week day. Neat.
2002-09-19 01:19:18 AM  
I kinda like it where I live. Then again, I've spent my whole life here. It's the perfect size. Not too big, but not a small town, either. And if I have the sudden urge to be flipped off by rude asshole drivers and watch crappy baseball, Boston's not too far away.

I drove out to Tucson last summer with my brother when he moved out there. Arizona's beautiful. Nice scenery, great weather (yes, it IS a dry heat). I'd love to live there, if it weren't so goddamned far from everything I know.
2002-09-19 01:23:42 AM  
Arkansas: $9.02
Idaho: $9.87
Iowa: $9.96
Mississippi: $9.05
North Dakota: $9.83
Oklahoma: $9.94
West Virginia: $8.72

Less then $10, and I still wouldn't live there. Apologies to all the farkers that live in those staes above.
2002-09-19 01:23:54 AM  
nice pic TBF, is that rain?.... hasn't rained here in like... a year! (measurable anyways)
2002-09-19 01:25:54 AM  
You mean you can't support a family on minimum wage? Wow, I'm glad they spent all that money on 'research' to come up with a revolutionary idea like that.
2002-09-19 01:27:38 AM  
McBotulism, The heat does eventually get to you, and dry and 123 degrees does stink, especially month after month.
2002-09-19 01:29:41 AM  
I can agree with Ad. humid heat doesn't = the dry heat. And when the wind blows.... well, take out a hair dryer and stand in front of it, inhale, there ya go.
2002-09-19 01:30:53 AM  
My roommates and I only make about $13 an hour (and i only work part time) here on the south shore, and we are easiy able to afford to rent our own 3 bedroom ranch house on Norwell. Massachusetts home prices aren't inflated as most would think, you just have to look around for a good deal.
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