I live in the United States. The United States has seen a lot of change. The standard of living has been gradually rising up through 1965.
Up until 1941, the United States was largely agricultural with strong industrial centers in the Northeast. Then things started to change more rapidly with the onset of World War 2. Women went into the workforce.
At present since about 2012 and slowly improving, the civilian population employed has been much lower. Most jobs seem to be in the service sector. I’m a knowledge worker. I’m trying to put as much into my blogs as I can while I have the time.
My father bought his house in 1961 for about $34K. I purchased by first house for about $219K. Our present house we purchased for $500K. Of course, the location and the relative closeness of good schools makes a big difference.
Depending upon what your standard of living are, your financial needs may differ. We now have electricity service so we pay for that. We have city water and sewage so we pay for that. We pay for cell phone and cable internet service. We also have gas heat which we use rarely. We do have Air conditioning which adds to the electric bill. Most of these services our ancestors didn’t have so our cost of living has risen. Our first home did have electricity and a toilet but there was evidence of the electric service being upgraded in 1970 and there was an area where an outhouse formerly stood. We added some more electric service in our first home to put in an Air Conditioner after enduring sleeping in 120F 100% humidity.
On our appliances, we do have a refrigerator – back when my Mother was little they used ice from ice-houses.
All but the stove and range are recent innovations.
I’m unemployed presently but still have existing expenses. We cut television feeds and now use streaming video. We use vonage. We have more technology then we did in the 1960’s at home which has increased our cost of living.
Sigh. Hoping to be working shortly.
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