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View Poll Results: From your ZIP code and the Washington Post link, what is your rank?
90 to 100 77 36.32%
80 to 89 43 20.28%
70 to 79 24 11.32%
60 to 69 14 6.60%
50 to 59 18 8.49%
40 to 49 15 7.08%
30 to 39 9 4.25%
20 to 29 7 3.30%
10 to 19 5 2.36%
1 to 9 0 0%
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Old 11-11-2013, 11:48 AM   #21
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A couple of the towns we lived in growing up are in 50th and lower percentiles. Our location today evolved into its higher percentile in the time we have lived here. It looks like the bigger the zip code, the lower the percentile. Parts of other zip codes near us would rank much higher if they were split off.
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Old 11-11-2013, 11:55 AM   #22
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Mine was 26, I live 4 miles away from 90. It's amazing how different areas that are so close can be.
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We are in an urban 95 but the median house size probably compares to a suburban 50.
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Ugh. 95
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Ugh. 95

95.

Love the safety.

Love the schools.

Love the stable traditional family units. (Ironically, that is a common trait in many super-zips, but i'm sure it's just a coincidence)


Hate the NorthFaceBMWAcuraCoachLuisVutton snobbery but decided i'm willing to pay that price in return for the other stuff.
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Old 11-11-2013, 12:15 PM   #26
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Where I live now. 32
The neighborhood I moved from (first house) 14
My parent's house 8

So, I guess while my number is low, it has been an upward trajectory. Interestingly, the income level was highest in my parent's neighborhood but few college grads.
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Where I grew up, 51
Where I currently live for last 27 years, 98
Where I hope to retire in 1 - 2 years, 73
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99. Our car is too old and cheap even for the high school students' parking lot.

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Old 11-11-2013, 12:34 PM   #29
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Mine was 26, I live 4 miles away from 90. It's amazing how different areas that are so close can be.
We recently downsized, moving 6 miles. The original home is in a 36, the new home is a 50. I think its because the first zipcode has more apartments than the second and since a lot of people live on SSI alone that could pull the average income way down.
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61 in central Arkansas. It was thrilling to be in AR and not in the bottom category.



10 for the zip where i was raised - SE Arkansas. Difficult to make a living down there.

....i just thought to check DH's hometown of Topsfield, MA. It is a 97. Looks like we come from different backgrounds, lol.
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30, but I'll bet it's a bit higher now since this was taken from 2010 Census data and the local Eagle Ford shale/oil/gas boom has added a very large amount of wealth here in the last 2-3 years. County property tax rolls are about 3x higher than they were in 2010 because of the skyrocketing value of the land (because of oil and gas royalties). Wouldn't be surprised if it's closer to 40 now. (Movin' on up!)

Frankly I'd prefer the lower cost of living, but this oil money is why my wife's employer is doing very well financially despite having a small congregation. So I suppose it's in our interests for it to continue!
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49 for my zip code.

65 for Frank's zip code.

31 for the zip code where I grew up. So, like Tom52, BBBamI, and several others here, I guess I'm...

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Ok, so I went and looked at where I grew up (my mom in her late 80s still lives there). It is a 15 which seems about right for it.

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I live in an 83 but my house is really in an community that's part of the 95 next to us. The zip codes are not layed out by community. It's how the Post Office set it up several decades ago.
And in semi-rural, suburban areas where people live on acreage there can be wide disparities between different subdivisions. I have no doubt that if done by subdivision, the current subdivision I'm in would be over 95 (it is much nicer than the area around the land that we sold before this which was a 96). On the other hand, within the same zip code but more than 20 minutes away there are (nice) apartments which probably drag down the rating.
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So this is how credit card solicitors and loan interest rate deciders have been judging us for years.
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One of the zip's in our town goes down to 5. But it is not very safe there. Funny thing is it is only three zip code's away from one that is 96.
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97 for us. I can't wait to cash out and be the Joneses some place cheaper.

I have been taking the happiness studies to heart, and most people seem happy if they live better than their reference group. We have (almost) nowhere to go but down!

This was one of our light bulb moments about retirement - if we weren't working megacorp jobs, we would have less income, but then we wouldn't need as much income if we moved away from the area where the megacorp jobs kept the housing prices high.
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I checked where I grew up out of curiosity (a 45). I thought it would be a lot lower as it is a shell of an old steel town. I moved 16 miles to my present home (a 57) in 2004 and the municipality I left scored a 90. Where I live now is very diverse, with quite a bit of countryside outside of the city limits. My previous location was a bedroom community for high earning professionals, many of whom moved just over the county line from Allegheny County (Pittsburgh) for lower taxes on their McMansions and a belief that the schools were better. My son came home with tales of kids who drove their own luxury cars to the high school campus and spent school breaks in ski and beach resorts.
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As I overheard a young employee tell a couple of other youngsters as they were walking out to the parking lots:

"I hate that there's terrible traffic, and it's because of us."

There is so much mega-employment around here, it is actually degrading the quality of life.

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if we weren't working megacorp jobs, we would have less income, but then we wouldn't need as much income if we moved away from the area where the megacorp jobs kept the housing prices high.
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52 where I grew up
99 where I live now

That WP article may as well be about my current neighborhood, where most homes have 2 working adults, typically attorneys, and the lawn is cut by a professional landscaper. People can't believe it around here when they see me working on my own car, or doing work on the outside of my own house.

Cashing out of the current house and neighborhood is the vision. The plan is still in the works, and is subject to decisions made by the US Navy.
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89....where I grew up

96....where I now live

48.....where I may retire
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