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Facts vs. Fantasy: The American Dream is Unattainable

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It turns out that nowadays there is not a single country on the planet where a conditional average worker could afford to live an ideal American life. As shown by the case study “The Red Pin”, the so-called American dream is simply not available. The average American lacks 842 dollars every month for the financial realization of a “dream”. And nothing says that Americans are waiting for a "bright future." Rather, it is waiting for ... the Saudis.


Reporter Andrew Sörgel, writing on economic topics, in US News and World Report spoke about an interesting study "The Red Pin". It turns out that average families in the United States cannot afford to pay for a house, car, and everything else, that is, for all the benefits that are connected with these citizens with the symbol of the “American dream”.

For many decades, living according to the standard of the “American dream” meant owning a home, a car, plenty of food, enough money, the ability to make trips with the whole family, and so on. Millions of people, not only in the USA, but all over the world, believed in the idea: hard work and life in the USA can turn this socio-economic “vision” into reality.

New research has shown that such a way of life is just a fantasy for most people. There is not a single country in the world, not excluding the United States, where the average worker could afford to “finance” the American dream. Experts from The Red Pin, a Canadian real estate company, found out.

The detailed study took into account not only the average local wages, but also the prices for calculating local costs for homes of average cost and average areas (for example, by US standards - 1.480 square feet); pay for electricity, high-speed Internet access, cars, gasoline; food for a family of four. The disposable income for periodic visits to restaurants, cinemas and various events was also taken into account.

Ultimately, the columnist writes, the researchers did not find on the world map a single state where the average citizen could afford all these costs combined. Moreover, average consumers in Saudi Arabia and Oman are in fact closer to funding stated social and economic goals than the average American.

The histogram below shows how many times the average citizen’s income in the top ten countries most close to the level of the so-called American dream should be multiplied.

Facts vs. Fantasy: The American Dream is Unattainable

The average wage earners in Saudi Arabia and Oman are closer in terms of income to achieving the “American dream” than those who work in the US


Saudi Arabia will need to raise the average wage only for 74 dollars in order to realize the American dream in the kingdom. But workers from the United States for the same purpose need hundreds of dollars of additional income every month.

“Strangely enough, the Americans were on the third place in the list: they would have to earn a dollar more on 842 a month to fulfill the dream in their own country,” the report says.

Currently, the average salary in the United States is (after taxes) about 3000 $ per month. As we see, she is not even enough to finance the “dream”.

It seems very unlikely for a journalist that the average American will be able to “finance” his dream in the near future.

Against the background of growing market uncertainty and a slight increase in incomes, not to mention the problem of growing diseases in the country, consumers may face financial constraints, especially in the area of ​​large expenses, such as buying a house, some experts believe.

The new study "The Red Pin", the columnist admits, most likely once again confirms the arguments about the slow but sure destruction of the middle class in the United States. Earlier this was proven by other studies.

A whole stream of data indicates a drop in real wages in the country. This happens "for many decades," said the journalist.

However, what is interesting is that the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has recently recognized the United States as the world’s number one power based on factors related to income generation. And this underlines the fact that the opportunity to “grab” the American standard of living is even less for those countries that occupy not the best places in the international community.

For example, Cubans will need to increase their income more than 95 times to achieve the “American dream”. At the same time, according to the study and the company “Numbeo”, whose data are included in the report of the Canadian company “The Red Pin”, the cost of living in Cuba is 33,45% lower than in the USA.

Do not dream about it and the Venezuelans.

And even Singapore is very far from ideal.

To live comfortably in Singapore, which in 2014 was named the most expensive city in the world for expats, it would require a salary that is four times the average American salary.

It turns out, let us add, even in a democratic world, citizens are not close to the American dream. And the USA itself is far from it by as much as 842 dollars. Moreover, experts believe that the gap between life and dream will only increase, as the incomes of US citizens are falling.

Another thing is interesting: in the American dream, incomes are much closer to those countries where democracy does not even smell. For example, Saudi Arabia in the study "The Red Pin" ranks first. However, as we think, with the exhaustion of oil reserves, the Saudis will quickly fall to the level of Cubans, who are in the tail of the list of “dreamers”.

As for Russia, it is simply bad for her to live the American dream.

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  1. Sensatus
    Sensatus 9 February 2016 06: 34
    17
    This is purely American: measuring a dream in money. Somehow it went. Moreover, all these ratings ...
    1. Aleksandr72
      Aleksandr72 9 February 2016 07: 28
      21
      "Dreams, dreams ... Where is your sweetness."
      It turns out the American-style dream is measured in monetary terms. The same discovery to me. As well as the fact that this dream is unattainable for the average American, in fact, living on credit.
      In reality, something else is bad: American values ​​incl. the pursuit of a long dollar, the desire to get rich as quickly as possible and preferably without making any special efforts, becomes the meaning of life for many in our country (meaning the republics formed on the territory of the USSR). Thus, this "ideal" (admiration for the golden calf) de facto replaces both the national idea that is absent in principle (as the core that unites the people), and ideology (both state and public policy aimed at implementing, if you like, implementing national idea). This is scary. It is scary to imagine people who can be described as a wallet with legs, for whom consumerism replaces the soul.
      I have the honor.
      1. Dembel77
        Dembel77 9 February 2016 07: 54
        +8
        As for Russia, it is simply bad for her to live the American dream.
        Yes Yes! Wonderful words. And perhaps corresponding to our reality. Why else would we have listened to this all our lives. Moreover, this expression is especially "convincing" sounds from the lips of "party" millionaires. Is not it?
        1. Nikolay K
          Nikolay K 9 February 2016 08: 43
          +8
          Money is ALWAYS and EVERYBODY lacks to complete happiness. If a person believes that he has enough of everything, then he no longer has something to strive for. It's just that the concept of "happiness" is different for everyone. For some it would be nice to get a piece of bread, for someone to go to rest on the sea, but for someone the Bentleys are not the same.
          1. Mera joota
            Mera joota 9 February 2016 08: 47
            +2
            Quote: Nikolai K
            There is ALWAYS and EVERYTHING money to complete happiness.

            Therefore, communism is not possible.
            1. kit_bellew
              kit_bellew 9 February 2016 10: 34
              +8
              Therefore, communism is not possible.

              Communism is impossible (at least in the foreseeable future), mainly because there is not enough money, but because there is not enough conscience. As for money, they have long ceased to fulfill their role as the equivalent of material wealth and labor expended. Through the efforts of the wolves from Wall Street, money itself became a commodity, which gives rise to an ongoing crisis. But in general, everything is according to Marx: the rich become richer, the poor become poorer. To stop the trend, you need to eliminate the modern credit system, but who will do it?
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              2. Nikolay K
                Nikolay K 9 February 2016 11: 54
                +3
                The term "Conscience" is not applicable in this context. This is about needsbut they are really limitless. But do not reduce them to primitive profiteering and all sorts of excesses. Just yesterday, what was considered luxury has now become the order of things. Take the same cars without which our parents, and even more so grandfathers, could safely do. Now it is really a vehicle. Are you ready to freeze your consumption at the level of 80's? For example, to abandon computers, the Internet, a cell phone, LCD TVs and many other things that are now quite commonplace? Personally, I don’t, and I don’t see the point. Therefore, the needs of man will ALWAYS grow along with his capabilities and this is NORMAL, this, in fact, is the main engine of progress. Therefore, the so-called communism is possible only when the level of material saturation and with it the level of material progress of mankind are already at the limit, when humanity begins to develop (or degrade, which is more likely) in a completely different direction, not material. But this is a completely different story.
              3. Mera joota
                Mera joota 9 February 2016 13: 00
                +2
                Quote: kit_bellew
                but due to the lack of conscience.

                Come on. Let’s say communism sets in and everyone’s needs have fallen to the level of a piece of bread and a warm blanket. But for example, I will work as a mammologist, and you clean the sewers (where would it be without it), will it be fair? It is doubtful that there would be no willing to do this without motivation, but what could be the motivation under communism?
                1. Cap.Morgan
                  Cap.Morgan 9 February 2016 19: 48
                  -2
                  They’ll put it to the wall, here’s your motivation.
                  And what happens is some other communism?
              4. gladcu2
                gladcu2 9 February 2016 20: 21
                0
                Kit

                Conscience is a derivative of morality. But for selfish morality, capitalism is fighting with all its might, not sparing money.

                So that in the near future is not destined.
          2. 2С5
            2С5 9 February 2016 08: 51
            +4
            ... someone has a thin soup and no meat, while someone has small diamonds what
          3. gladcu2
            gladcu2 9 February 2016 20: 15
            +2
            Nikolay K

            There is a thing that can be characterized as happiness. This is confidence in tomorrow (day in the sense of day, not bottom).

            From this point of view, probably only the USSR could boast that there people could plan their future.

            And so, where is this happiness? In a cardboard apartment that you pay by 70 years of life?
      2. Bayonet
        Bayonet 9 February 2016 12: 42
        +1
        Quote: Aleksandr72
        Turns out to be a dream in american terms

        And what is the Russian dream measured in raising children and educating them, buying a house or apartment, a car, a new TV or a fridge in return for the old one? You can list for a long time, and it doesn’t make sense - you need money for everything, without them damned dreams will always remain dreams ... hi
      3. Villon
        Villon 9 February 2016 12: 46
        +2
        The wealth of a people is still measured by the availability of free time. And this indicator, apparently, was not even included in the calculation of "dreams".
      4. gladcu2
        gladcu2 9 February 2016 20: 18
        +1
        Alexander 72

        The ideal of any person is laid down by its moral basis. The egoist is always not enough. And someone can be content with life in a barrel.
  2. engineer74
    engineer74 9 February 2016 06: 45
    +3
    At the same time, according to a study by Numbeo, whose data are included in the report of the Canadian company The Red Pin, the cost of living in Cuba is 33,45% lower than in the United States.

    Lies, and arrogant! The Cubans have two nat. one currencies for visitors (CUC), another for their own (pesos), shops are also different! This is the same as judging the cost of living in the USSR by shopping "Birch"! And in what income / expenses did you include free medicine, education, housing, communal services? And at what prices?
    1. Maksus
      Maksus 9 February 2016 10: 31
      +4
      medical medicine.
      My warrant officer in the company wrote: "To the commander of the Median company." Every time he was sent to the porch to look at the sign, everything is useless ...
      1. engineer74
        engineer74 9 February 2016 11: 10
        +3
        repeat Here it is the XXI century! "Word-fix", but it's not on the phone ...
    2. Maksus
      Maksus 9 February 2016 14: 59
      +1
      And how to protect a tourist from going to a store for Cubans? And, most importantly, this is what kind of divorce for suckers you can arrange by selling goods in pesos for convertible pesos)))
      1. engineer74
        engineer74 9 February 2016 20: 23
        0
        Tourists are not allowed local pesos and coupons! And the "divorce of suckers" really does take place, only it is punishable by law (speculation and currency): everything is as it was in the Union! wink
      2. gladcu2
        gladcu2 9 February 2016 20: 32
        0
        Maksus

        The circulation of two monetary units in Cuba, this is not a divorce for suckers. This is a state protection of the population from integration into a system that can economically ruin a less technologically developed society.

        This is what you call the nationalization of the banking system. This is when the domestic market is protected from external influences. But there is always part of the funds that are integrated into the international market.
  3. strelets
    strelets 9 February 2016 06: 49
    0
    And in the package with the American dream, wiretapping by special services, insolent police and a huge public debt are included for free.
  4. pts-m
    pts-m 9 February 2016 06: 53
    +7
    The article is silent about the Pendos life about the mental component of life. Living all your life in Credit and not thinking about "hanging" debt, this is already nonsense. At the present time, Russians have problems with debts, and even more so with their psyche. So "Paradise" in Pendostan is only for select personalities such as Chirikova, the ex-premier of the traitor and a bunch of corrupt figures.
    1. gladcu2
      gladcu2 9 February 2016 20: 36
      0
      Mts

      Not talking about the number of suicides. And there should be a lot of them. When there is no future, what is the motivation to live?
  5. Nix1986
    Nix1986 9 February 2016 07: 04
    +1
    Unfortunately, the article did not write what the average citizen is, by American standards, this is a person without special skills at the level of a clerk / manager, I don’t even say how many people live on the allowance there. Until the fall of September 2014, I had enough for a good German car and an apartment and for traveling abroad, not to Asashai but here in Russia, and it is clear that moving to the same Germany or the Netherlands would be more than enough for me there. So the whole question is about specific skills and experience, with their good level in most developed countries, there is always enough for a comfortable life, a good doctor, architect, IT. And so the average citizen is the average temperature in the ward.
    1. Alexy
      Alexy 9 February 2016 07: 51
      +4
      And you can in Russian.
      1. Mera joota
        Mera joota 9 February 2016 08: 16
        0
        Quote: Alexy
        And you can in Russian.

        Probably he meant that the "average American" is an ephemeral concept, many Americans quite live for themselves and allow more than indicated in the article, they are simply neutralized by the poor population of which there are also quite a few for various reasons.
        1. 2С5
          2С5 9 February 2016 08: 57
          +7
          ... like the "average salary in Russia", which amounts to as much as 27 rupees. after taxes ... or a more illustrative example: the Petrov family eats meat, and the Sidorov family eats cabbage, which means, on average, both families eat stuffed cabbage wink
      2. Hon
        Hon 9 February 2016 09: 35
        +1
        Quote: Alexy
        And you can in Russian.

        In Russian it is very simple, the average American is not enough for an American home. Average by the standards of Americans, it is considered a house with an area of ​​300 sq.m. That is, if the average American slightly reduces his average needs, the house is about 150 meters, he goes to restaurants less often and chooses cheaper places, for vacations he chooses cheaper places too, then the average salary of the average employee is enough.
    2. gladcu2
      gladcu2 9 February 2016 22: 38
      0
      nix

      Do not rely on skill. More than often, the skill is not possible to implement.

      Bankers get a lot, not because they are skilled, but because they are bankers.

      A cleaning lady at DeBeers receives more than the banker's middle arm.
      1. Nix1986
        Nix1986 10 February 2016 06: 38
        0
        So what am I talking about? That is why I wrote about developed countries, it is clear that the doctor of sciences nuclear physicist on the collective farm "10 years without a crop" will be unclaimed. And by the way, bankers do not get super.
  6. Nix1986
    Nix1986 9 February 2016 07: 09
    +6
    Quote: Sensatus
    This is purely American: measuring a dream in money. Somehow it went. Moreover, all these ratings ...

    Unfortunately, this education also measures the education and health of you and your loved ones and a lot of everything else.
  7. Letun
    Letun 9 February 2016 07: 15
    +2
    Poor U.S. citizens. How hard they live sad
  8. Windy
    Windy 9 February 2016 07: 15
    +3
    slight increase in income

    I would have their problems ...
  9. parusnik
    parusnik 9 February 2016 07: 19
    +2
    As for Russia, it is simply bad for her to live the American dream...That's for sure..
    1. Bayonet
      Bayonet 9 February 2016 12: 50
      0
      Quote: parusnik
      As for Russia, it is simply harmful to her to live the American dream ... That's for sure ..

      Exactly, don't be upset wink
  10. Griboedoff
    Griboedoff 9 February 2016 07: 22
    +4
    Well, if such an standard of living were available to the average employee, he would not be a dream. If the standard of living rises, the dream will also change. Thus, man is arranged that it is completely impossible to satisfy his needs. With the satisfaction of some needs, others appear.
  11. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 9 February 2016 07: 29
    +3
    Yes, let them live as they live, dream about what they want. The main thing is not to come to us and sow "democracy" all over the world. The United States is mired in its internal problems, and is trying to teach the whole world how to live correctly.
  12. Riv
    Riv 9 February 2016 07: 29
    +6
    I can have a goat, but ... I have no desire. I want to have a car, but ... a goat wants a fur coat.
    Conclusion: a dream is unattainable.
  13. Neophyte
    Neophyte 9 February 2016 08: 13
    +2
    Russian nouveau riches and other thieves, long ago ensured for themselves the "American dream"! This stratum, as an antipode to the entire population of Russia, is, in fact, a pitiful likeness of the Anglo-Saxon elite. Nevertheless, the danger of the degeneration of Russian society is increasing, since this thieves stratum dictates to Russia all the negative processes of the Western world. There is plenty of evidence, you just have to look closely!
  14. Mera joota
    Mera joota 9 February 2016 08: 22
    0
    Facts vs. Fantasy: The American Dream is Unattainable

    Like, in the United States, there are no citizens who are able to "afford to pay for a house, a car and everything else, that is, for the whole range of benefits that are associated with the symbol of the" American Dream "in the minds of these citizens? There are citizens there (and there are a lot of them) who can afford it and more than a house of 137 m2, a car and "everything else." The authors of the statistics showed that the American dream is unattainable for 100% of the US population, but this cannot be, this is a utopia.
    1. 2С5
      2С5 9 February 2016 09: 00
      +1
      ... that is, communism is unrealistic? crying
      1. Mera joota
        Mera joota 9 February 2016 13: 05
        -2
        Quote: 2C5
        ... that is, communism is unrealistic? crying

        Communism is possible only with a slave system ...
        Well, or they will make smart robots, and before the uprising of machines, mankind will be able to enjoy some period of prosperity ...
    2. Mr. Pip
      Mr. Pip 9 February 2016 09: 38
      0
      Quote: Mera Joota
      The authors of statistics showed that the American dream is unattainable for 100% of the US population, but this cannot be, this is utopia.

      Well, actually, yes - the secret of the open door is revealed laughing
  15. Shurale
    Shurale 9 February 2016 08: 35
    0
    Mdya, open secret open .....
    Author, take a pie from the shelf, your left ...
    1. 2С5
      2С5 9 February 2016 08: 58
      0
      ... wipe off the dust, put it back laughing
  16. vladimirvn
    vladimirvn 9 February 2016 08: 47
    +1
    National Sports in the USA:
    - absorption of hamburgers and bigmaks;
    - mowing the front lawn;
    - filling out a tax return.
    Three main problems of the American:
    - find a job;
    - to get to work;
    - Do not lose your job.
    Three main problems of sex:
    - find a partner of traditional sexual orientation;
    - Avoid allegations of sexual harassment;
    - put up with the costs of feminization.

    And more.
    The American dream is to plow for 18 hours, have a lot of dollars, a big house and the best grave in the cemetery.
    1. Nix1986
      Nix1986 9 February 2016 09: 02
      +5
      I do not see anything wrong with incentives - to study well at school, graduate well from college, find a good job, earn good money and provide for myself and my family. I like it. What kind of Russian dream is she? What does the state promote in schools, institutes, etc., what ideology ??? EMPTINESS. I do not want to say how it is behind the cardon, let's see what we have! Behind the cardon, there are a lot of people who made themselves and leave money for their children only a small fraction, let them earn themselves, full of their children starts with McDuck. It is not welcome there to drive around in a Bentley for dad's money. What do we have? And every week we have news that someone's son / daughter knocked someone down on the Ferrari and he won't get anything for it. And don't say it isn't. Perhaps hard work for whom it is slavery, but the already ubiquitous word "muddle" I like even less. This is a trend since the 2000s, not to make money, but to muddle it up, cling to the state feeder and a grain place, to have something on kickbacks. So while the majority of adolescents have a Russian dream to "stir up" this, and it came because the state does not offer any ideology at all, and the vacuum is filled by the fact that they see what is happening now.
    2. gladcu2
      gladcu2 9 February 2016 21: 14
      0
      Vladimir

      If without irony, then there are many interpretations of the American dream.

      One of them is to open a private business, earn money and fence itself off from society with a reinforced concrete wall.
  17. _umka_
    _umka_ 9 February 2016 08: 59
    +1
    You cannot measure soul with money ...
    1. Mera joota
      Mera joota 9 February 2016 09: 02
      0
      Quote: _umka_
      You cannot measure soul with money ...

      Does the soul have a measure?
  18. 2С5
    2С5 9 February 2016 08: 59
    0
    ... The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development recently recognized the United States as the world's number one power ...

    ... the question of who finances this office will be straightforward even lol
  19. Pre-cat
    Pre-cat 9 February 2016 09: 10
    +3
    The American dream is a home, a car, the opportunity to travel with the whole family. And in no country this dream is impossible ... I think it could be realized in the USSR, but ... The USSR share in world production was 20%. TWENTY! But, for objective reasons, I think there is no need to explain them, the country was forced maintain a large army and invest a lot of money in the military-industrial complex -12-15 percent of the runway in the 80s! In addition, in order to maintain the output of the military-industrial complex at the required level, industrial products (“production of means of production”) were produced in the amount of 3/4 of the runway! If the USSR could, without fear of foreign intervention, direct part of these funds to the production of consumer goods - building materials, cars, household appliances, etc. then all Soviet families could have their own house and car. And not in bonded credit. But even now, when Russia seems to be a democratic state, it is necessary to spend money on defense. Much money. And then they will ...
    1. guzik007
      guzik007 9 February 2016 09: 26
      0
      American dream - home, car,
      -----------------------------------
      Maybe Sharikov was right to select and share: =)
    2. Hon
      Hon 9 February 2016 09: 50
      +1
      Quote: The cat is half-educated
      But, for objective reasons, I think there is no need to explain them, the country was forced to maintain a large army and invest huge amounts of money in the military-industrial complex — 12-15 percent of the runway in the 80s!

      But the United States also has and had a huge army. As for the military-industrial complex, this is not only costs but also profit, the military-industrial complex is production and jobs, products cost money and are in demand.
      Quote: The cat is half-educated
      And not in bonded credit.

      by the way, it’s difficult to call a bonded loan, the rates are very low, and therefore they are in such demand.
      1. Pre-cat
        Pre-cat 9 February 2016 10: 20
        0
        The military-industrial complex is not only salary but also profit. Done agree with you. The only difference was that the United States traded the products of the military-industrial complex and the Soviet Union essentially gave. The price tag for American and Soviet weapons differed significantly. That how much it cost was well highlighted in the Lockheed firm's case in the 70s, giving bribes to Japanese statesmen so that they would push their products. As a result, the wrench went for $ 100. By the way, when the USSR collapsed Eltsin's debts, including for weapons, he forgave everyone. And the size of the army is about 1,5 million in the United States and about 4 million in the USSR. Any loan is enslaved because the bank has the right to demand full and instant repayment in case of force majeure. Otherwise, goodbye car, goodbye apartment. And this was just recently in the USA.
      2. Muvka
        Muvka 9 February 2016 10: 22
        +1
        Quote: Hon
        Quote: The cat is half-educated
        But, for objective reasons, I think there is no need to explain them, the country was forced to maintain a large army and invest huge amounts of money in the military-industrial complex — 12-15 percent of the runway in the 80s!

        But the United States also has and had a huge army. As for the military-industrial complex, this is not only costs but also profit, the military-industrial complex is production and jobs, products cost money and are in demand.
        Quote: The cat is half-educated
        And not in bonded credit.

        by the way, it’s difficult to call a bonded loan, the rates are very low, and therefore they are in such demand.

        And the fact that US debt is growing at a trillion per year is nothing? And ours is shrinking by tens of billions.
        1. Hon
          Hon 9 February 2016 11: 52
          +3
          Quote: Muvka
          And the fact that US debt is growing at a trillion per year is nothing? And ours is shrinking by tens of billions.

          Actually, now our debt has also begun to grow, although not at such a pace as in the United States. Here we have a small debt, but what are the advantages of this?
    3. gladcu2
      gladcu2 9 February 2016 21: 28
      0
      Cat, you’ve been misunderstood.

      The USSR worked almost exclusively on the domestic market. In this case, 20% is a huge contribution to the international market.

      The USSR was a promising country. Well, it is not in vain that the USSR economy has withstood a large number of critical moments, recovery and wars.
    4. looker-on
      looker-on 10 February 2016 22: 45
      0
      As soon as I begin to think that there is only one thing on the forum, hating and "pouring" the EU from the United States, when such a comment appears and I understand that everything is OK with us with smart people. Thank you for your great comment.
  20. Mr. Pip
    Mr. Pip 9 February 2016 09: 36
    +4
    Another miracle of study is not to understand anyone - the Shnobel Prize in Economics for Real Estate Specialists!
    $ 842 a month they don’t have enough pancake, but this is the monthly difference in the USA between a cheap Ford and an expensive Mercedes, if not more fellow
    And she's a dream and a dream that if "periodic visits to restaurants, cinemas and various events" implies daily and massive scale, then this is not a restaurant, but a canteen, and the restaurant is initially positioned as an expensive catering establishment and its pricing is thus built, that even raise the average salary in the USA by $ 8000 per month - everyone WILL NOT be able to go there every day!
    What else is "1.480 square feet"? This is 0.09 square meters, if you write in Russian - yes, the average person and on such an area even a quarter of the buttocks will not fit - their "dream" is about 400 square meters for a family, well, no less than 250!
    In general, a minus for delusional research for those who do not understand - that a "dream" is always at least a little bit more than what we have today - because income growth is always accompanied by an increase in needs negative
  21. baudolino
    baudolino 9 February 2016 09: 39
    +1
    Here it is still worth considering that statistics in themselves are another tool. Until you double-check, you should not trust.
  22. Monster_Fat
    Monster_Fat 9 February 2016 09: 46
    +3
    The American dream ... it does not exist, in fact, a special "American" dream — it is the same for everyone regardless of nationality — work less, and even better — not work at all and live "well". Americans are no exception. Work is a forced necessity, so as not to die of hunger. The Americans invented the myth of the "American" dream in order to lure fools ... to their country and pump all the juices out of them with the help of a real "American sweatshop". And the very system of counting "happiness" in the article is fundamentally wrong. In fact, the main thing is not what you can buy in the country on credit, falling into bondage for many decades, but how quickly you can acquire "average" goods in the country by saving your wages without taking "money" ... After taking this factor into account, the second main “comfort” factor is how long you have to work so that you will not work comfortably later. So if these factors are taken into account, the situation with "comfort" in all countries, with the exception of Switzerland, will generally be far from "perfect".
  23. voyaka uh
    voyaka uh 9 February 2016 11: 16
    +1
    Money, as you know, is always in short supply crying .
    But at $ 3000 per month, net another 842 is not so unattainable.
    With almost free gasoline, cheap cars, products, clothes.
    If there is no mortgage and decent health in America is very
    live curly. Most of my school friends - immigrants from the USSR -
    in the States they earn far more than 3000 a month, but for a long time they paid big
    Mortgages for their villas and New York apartments. Now everyone has paid, their children
    grew up, and they live quite relaxed.
  24. Villon
    Villon 9 February 2016 12: 50
    +1
    It always seemed to me that the American dream is to become president. If so, then how unhappy the Americans should be. Everyone wants to become president, and there is only one president, and even Obama.
  25. tacet
    tacet 9 February 2016 14: 12
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    I wonder when enough for all material wealth?
  26. fa2998
    fa2998 9 February 2016 16: 28
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    Quote: Letun
    Poor U.S. citizens. How hard they live

    I look Russians closer to the "dream" than amerikantam.We would like 200-300 bucks and no longer tug. It's in a city where the average salary is about 10 thousand rubles. laughing repeat hi
  27. saygon66
    saygon66 9 February 2016 16: 59
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    -That's because ... Live and learn ... It was always thought that the "American dream", like any other, is probably an intangible concept! Like freedom, equality and brotherhood ...
    - But the dream comes out - it’s zealous and bang ... And, what, all the people only dream about this? request
  28. xBoris
    xBoris 10 February 2016 10: 38
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    .. I wonder where our Mordor would be on this line ..?
    Although, hardly anyone knows our income ..
  29. would
    would 10 February 2016 15: 09
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    I love everything "average".

    mid-sized families in the USA

    middle worker

    average local wages


    That is, it was like this: Take the salary different niggas, Hispanics (Latinos way simply can not know English Yes, and they did live and receive, respectively.), And the Mexicans, and prevented all this with a salary of a successful American. And they get the same average salary. It's like "the people have cabbage, meat is in power, and on average, everyone has cabbage rolls," like the average salary of a doctor, when a glavnyuk can get ten times more, and so on. etc. In general, "research" is nonsense.