by Patrick Appel
[Reihan] points to a posting by Gothamists Jen Carlson (“Think You’re Making $250K In Manhattan? Think Again“) which notes that a “lifestyle that would cost $250,000 in Salt Lake City would cost $545,000 in Manhattan, $261,750 in Miami-Dade, and $405,250 in San Francisco.” That’s true if by “lifestyle” you mean “house size and model of car.” Otherwise, I’d posit that a Manhattan, San Francisco, or even DC “lifestyle” isn’t available in Salt Lake City at any price.
Regardless, all of this shows how complicated gauging relative wealth is when dealing with a diverse, continental country.
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