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    Quote Originally Posted by Giggly View Post
    I've heard that in Sweden 60% of a persons gross income goes to taxes. I think the most we have here is about 40% and that is only for the wealthy.
    Yeah, actually here people don't even talk about gross income when discussing / contracting their paycheck, it's mostly about net monthly salary. Income taxes are around 33 % for most people (43 is the maximum percentage), but I think there is no compulsory pension payment in the US?
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    If I had 75K a year, I'd probably think I was god.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Liquid_Laser View Post
    I'd imagine you'd have to adjust this amount depending on the cost of living for your city. Perhaps $75,000 is something of a national average?
    That can't be the national average. It's definitely lower than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marmalade.sunrise View Post
    That can't be the national average. It's definitely lower than that.

    How sheltered are you people?
    I think the national average is around 30-40K. Sadly, I can't imagine making it off of that little. Then again, I live in L.A. It's just expensive here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marmalade.sunrise View Post
    That can't be the national average. It's definitely lower than that.

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    I don't mean national average for income. I mean national average within the context of the article. At a certain point making more money won't make people any happier, but that dollar amount varies based on your cost of living.
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    Rediculous really.

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    I was content with my material status when I earned about half of that - and half of that in SoCal is not considered much. I think $50k would be an ideal mark for me, when it comes to things money can buy and what I would reasonably like to have/do. Honestly, I am broke now and happier in a lot of ways.
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    Found a similar topic somewhere online about how needing to make 50,000 a year to be happy *insert eye roll*.

    I liked the response below from one of the people, something about living off 500 a month/lives in apt and their children live right across the street so he sees them frequently. He mentioned how he's got all that he needs. Then says "50,000" in order to be happy riiiight...

    Exactly my thoughts. I can't remember where precisely I read it but yeah thought it related to the topic.
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