Recently I came across an article that spoke about the coziest cities in the USA. I was flabbergasted that they were also some of the most expensive cities to live in. I don't know but to me cozy also means affordable. What's the point of having a friendly grocer if I can't afford their groceries? The article was from the HUFFPOST (click here for the article). Mind you they are beautiful and have an aura of bygone times but I don't think many Americans could afford to live there. For example in Santa Fe, NM a house that's about 1600 sq ft would be in the $200K range and it would not be in great condition if old and would be more than that number if it were new. Raise your hand if you could afford to live in the DC area. No? Perhaps in Boston? No? I know! San Francisco!
Yeah. No. Doubt if 90% of Americans could afford to live in any of those cities. Mind you there are cities on the list that seem livable - cost wise. There is also the fact that most jobs would provide a pay increase when living there but I would say that it's not a step up. Considering that many college graduates can't find work or have to move back home at the moment, how cozy can these cities truly be? Friendly postman? Yeah would be nice, but I'll take my less expensive housing and groceries over a friendly grocer any day.
See because you have to be this:
To get this:
Because if you are this:
This is what you get:
I'm just kidding you can't live there! At least not on your measly white/blue collar salary! Oh that made me laugh!
I'm not hating on California, same is happening to cities in Texas. Dallas, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio have all seen a spike in the cost of living even though they now offer more activities and "culture". In Texas, culture can mean different things from the rest of the world but we like it. However, Texas cannot boast of a higher income despite the increase in cost of living. The same can be said of NM, they have an extremely high cost of living but they also have some of the lowest wages in the country. When I say that the cost of living is high, I don't mean taking awesome jetsetting vacations or chilling by the pool with some Dom, no I mean paying your rent, buying groceries, paying utilities, transportation, buying clothing, and maybe squeezing in a fast food dinner or a movie. Quite honestly for some families fast food is sometimes equivalent to having a nice dinner out. So yes I would like to live some where cozy but if I have to sacrifice a necessity, I'll pass. Do I dislike those who can afford to live somewhere cozy? No. I have what I have and I am grateful for what I have. That said I don't appreciate being told I don't live somewhere cozy just because you prefer your grocer to know your name.