The economy is bad. Yes, people think they need more things than they used too. My parents didn't get an answering machine until 4 years ago. To quote my mom, "If it's that important, they'll call back.". They finally bought one because I moved to Cali and they wanted me to be able to leave a message if they were out.
But it's not the need/want thing alone. I moved away from Syracuse because the job market there NEVER recovered. GM took it's plant out, Miller closed it's plant in Fulton, Carrier is a shell of what it used to be, Chrysler's plant (where my dad works) has always been iffy, and when GE went from being GE to Martin-marrietta-Lockheed-whatever they are now, they cut a ton of jobs. And nothing, with the exception a behemoth mall, with minimum wage jobs, has filled in.
Out here, there are plenty of jobs, but the cost of living to pay ratio is completely out of whack.
Oddly enough there are plenty of jobs here too. I have looked at the Alaska job website to keep up with what jobs are opening, and I noticed that in the past couple of years wages here have gone down. Yet the cost of living has gone up and we pay lots of local taxes. The average cost of a house here is around $300,000, and that is for an average, decent 3 bedroom home. A really nice house is unaffordable for many. Even land here is very expensive because of the 1972 Native American settlement act. Also, just to fly to Anchorage from here is anywhere from $350-$500 dollars, depending on time of year. It costs the same for that one hour flight than it does to fly from Anchorage to most any city in the US.
But I love it here! It's also very safe, and beautiful too.
posted on 02/02/2003 4:24:03 AM PST
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