So, this article was written a few weeks ago, but it was featured on Yahoo's front page today:
In summary, the article states that Falls Church, VA (which, to my knowledge isn't it's own COUNTY) is the the richest county in America, closely followed by Loudoun County, VA, and Fairfax County, VA.
Well, that is where I grew up. I lived right on the border between Fairfax County and Loudoun County (but officially on the Fairfax side). I could walk to the border...that is how close we lived to the border. Falls Church is less than 20 minutes away from the house I grew up in (hence....why I am confused that they are calling it a county..it is a City, not a county).
I do not think that my family was particularly wealthy, but we lived a comfortable life. 4 bedroom house (which is not considered a starter home in that area), pool in the backyard. We took a few vacations, but nothing over the top (went to Disney once, but mostly it was being dragged to places my parents wanted to go and being bored out of my mind). Food on the table, clothes on our back (not designer).
College....my parents didn't save a dime toward my college. They co-signed the loans, but I have paid them since graduation in 1996.
But even growing up, I knew the area was well off. Many families had parents who worked in DC, or in private sector businesses. While our house was modest by comparison, they lived in NICE houses. I worked at Baskin Robbins as a teenager, and it was common to have note-worthy people come in (Oliver North of the 1980's Iran Contra Affair was a frequent customer).
I grew up with stuff all around me. I grew up with some "advantages" for lack of a better word. Most of my friends lived a similar lifestyle.
So...did I enter my adulthood with a false sense of reality??? That I was supposed to have these things, or do these things? My parents were married about 15 yrs when we moved to that house (just 3 years longer than I am now), and that is what they had....so does it beg the question....am I supposed to be where they were then? (Does that make sense???)
Our salaries between 3 jobs isn't near the median salaries as listed in the article. But we also have a special needs child, and I paid well over the amount my father did for his education (his entire undergrad degree was like $5000....that didn't even cover one year of school for me).
Maybe if I grew up in a more "middle of the road" place, I wouldn't feel as bad about my 14 year old furniture, or my car, or blah blah blah. Do I have some Joneses tendencies under the surface???