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  • More than half of Americans say they would need at least $100,000 a year to be financially comfortable.

    超過一半的美國人表示,他們至少需要每年 10 萬美元才能在經濟上過得去。

  • The benchmark of a six figure salary used to be the gold standard income.


  • It represented the tipping point of finally earning a disposable income and building a savings spending based on your wants, not just your needs.


  • The American Dream is what makes a middle class lifestyle. You're able to pay your bills.


  • You're able to put food on the table, put a roof over your family's head, and you have some additional savings.


  • Now, people making well over six figures are still living paycheck to paycheck.


  • What used to symbolize financial freedom is now keeping people stressed about making ends meet.


  • 26% say they would need more. A salary in the range of $100,000 to $149,000 per year would make them feel financially comfortable.

    26% 的人表示他們需要高的收入。年薪在 10 萬到 14.9 萬美元之間會讓他們感到經濟上舒適。

  • I think, unfortunately, what has happened is that wages haven't kept up with the cost of living, by and large, for the last 50 years or so, and so it becomes increasingly hard for many families to be able to attain that sort of middle-class lifestyle, that American dream.

    我認為,不幸的是,過去大約 50 年來,工資普遍沒有跟上生活成本的增長,因此對許多家庭來說,要達到那種中產階級的生活方式,實現美國夢變得越來越困難。

  • How much you need to feel financially secure varies so much depending on not only your geographical location, but of course, your lifestyle.


  • It used to be that a six-figure salary was like the gold standard, but nowadays that may not be enough to make ends meet in certain parts of the country, especially like New York or San Francisco, where it costs so much more just to cover your daily expenses.


  • Here's why a $100,000 household income no longer buys the American Dream.

    以下是為什麼 10 萬美元的家庭收入不再能實現「美國夢」。

  • GoBankingRates analyzed how much a family of two adults and two children would need in each state to own a home, a car and a pet, as well as have an additional 20% of their income for savings and 30% for discretionary spending.

    GoBankingRates分析了一個由兩名成年人和兩名孩子組成的家庭,在每個州需要多少才能擁有一個住所、一輛汽車和一隻寵物,並且額外還需要將收入的 20% 用於儲蓄,30% 用於自由支配的開支。

  • The core of what the American Dream means is some amount of economic security that you feel like you can get by and do a bit better, maybe do better than your parents, maybe be able to afford a house.


  • Certainly be able to save for your children's future.


  • All 50 states require more than a $100,000 annual income, with 38 states needing more than $140,000.


  • The most affordable statesMississippi, Arkansas and Kentuckyneed between $109,000 and $117,000.


  • The median income for a household of four people in each of those states in 2022 was between $71,000 and $87,000.

    2022 年,這些州四口之家的收入中位數在 71,000 美元到 87,000 美元之間。

  • Hawaii, California and Massachusetts are the most expensive.


  • Each requires an annual income of more than $240,000.


  • The median income for a family of four in those three states in 2022 fell at least $94,000 short of what's required for the American dream.


  • A different analysis from EPI found that in about 80% of the country, a family of four can afford their basic needs on less than $100,000 per year.


  • Those include things such as housing, food, transportation, health care, child care, taxes and a few other basic necessities.


  • It doesn't take into account anything extra.


  • It's really just putting food on the table, putting a roof over your head, getting health care for your family and so you're not saving for a rainy day if something happens to somebody or if they lose something happens to somebody or if they lose their job.


  • So there's no extra in there for retirement, for kids college.


  • Those are the kinds of things that many people want to save for.


  • Those are the many things that people consider a part of the American Dream.


  • Only about 3% of those counties have a median income higher than the basic cost of living.

    這些縣中只有大約 3% 的收入中位數高於基本生活成本。

  • The idea behind the American Dream hasn't really changed, even though lifestyles have.


  • It used to be that you could get out of school, get a job, buy a home, and start a family.


  • And now those milestones are harder to achieve.


  • It used to be that a high school degree, you're good to go. You could get a great job building cars or something and be right in the middle class off of a high school degree.

    以前的說法是,只要高中畢業就夠了。 你可以找到一份建造汽車之類的好工作,並在高中畢業後躋身中產階級。

  • But now, in order to get into the middle class, a high school degree is clearly not enough, right?


  • Now, you got to pay for college.


  • People are graduating with much larger student loan balances, and then it's harder to be on that same sort of career trajectory that would provide the stability that you maybe would have had a generation ago to save up for the down payment on a home.


  • Student loan debt reached an all time high of $1.77 trillion in the first quarter of 2023.

    2023 年第一季度,學生貸款債務達到 1.77 兆美元,創下歷史新高。

  • This can have a ripple effect, especially when entire generations are starting their adulthoods with thousands of dollars in debt.


  • So when we think about the kinds of investments you want to make for your children, the cost of college has gone up a lot faster than overall inflation.


  • So trying to make those investments on a smaller and smaller paycheck compared to the cost of living can be very difficult and almost impossible.


  • And so the kinds of debt that young people can rack up going to college gets larger and larger, and your ability to then make ends meet yourself, be able to buy a car, be able to move out of your parents' house.


  • Those things become much more difficult over time.


  • The American Dream typically is people owning property and having children,


  • but that's becoming largely inaccessible for many people, and even those who have attained these things are finding themselves managing every dollar coming in and out just to stay afloat.


  • So that trade off is underlying the new cost of the American Dream.


  • Millennials and Gen Zers still want to buy homes despite feeling like they can't afford it.

    千禧世代和 Z 世代仍然想買房,儘管他們感覺買不起。

  • 62% of younger millennials and 63% of Gen Zers still say owning a home is part of the American Dream.

    62% 的年輕千禧一代和 63% 的 Z 世代仍然說擁有一套住房是美國夢的一部分。

  • 66% of U.S. renters surveyed say rising prices leave them feeling hopeless about ever owning a home.

    66% 接受調查的美國人租房者表示,不斷上漲的房價讓他們感覺無望擁有自己的家。

  • 72% of respondents say they can't afford the down payment.

    72% 的受訪者表示付不起首付。

  • 17% of all home buyers said that saving for the down payment was the most difficult task in the buying process, and 52% said student loan debt delayed their ability to save.

    17% 的購屋者表示,為首付存錢是購買過程中最困難的任務,52% 的人表示,學生貸款債務阻礙了他們的儲蓄能力。

  • The typical first time homebuyer in 2022 had a household income of $95,900.

    2022 年首次購屋者的典型家庭收入為 95,900 美元。

  • Nationally, a prospective home buyer would need a nearly $110,000 salary to afford the principal interest, taxes and insurance payments on a median-price home.

    在國內,潛在的購屋者需要近 110,000 美元的工資才能支付中等價格房屋的本金、稅費和保險費。

  • But the median household income in the United States in 2022 was a little under $75,000.

    但 2022 年美國家庭收入中位數略低於 75,000 美元。

  • If you're born into a nice neighborhood, which your parents have lots of wealth and lots of income, your chances of doing well are vastly improved.


  • The part that's home ownership.


  • Collectively, Americans owe $1.13 trillion on their credit cards.

    美國人總共欠下了 1.13 萬億美元的信用卡債務。

  • Inflation -- it's eroding people's purchasing power.


  • It's reducing their ability to save for their future or invest in these longterm goals.


  • So that loss of financial stability can create a sense of powerlessness and insecurity, and contribute to feelings of uncertainty and vulnerability.


  • It can really impact people's self-esteem, their resilience, their overall psychological health.


  • Economists have suggested that debt growth became a substitution for income growth.


  • More than a quarter of Americans said that they are doom spending or spending money despite economic concerns.


  • There's also this idea that young adults are feeling more discouraged in their own financial standing.


  • So in that way, they're are less inclined to even save for long time goals and more likely to just live in the moment.


  • It's just sort of that mentality, like you only live once.


  • I may not buy a home anyway, so let's take that trip or let's go to that event, whether it's a Taylor Swift concert or other, you know, big ticket item.


  • 73% of Gen Zers say the current economy makes it difficult to set up long time goals.

    73% 的 Z 世代表示,當前的經濟狀況使得制定長期目標變得困難。

  • And it's not just about revenge spending, it's just about wanting to enjoy life and make the most of what you have,


  • even if you can't necessarily buy that home or you know you're not starting a family just yet and you really want to, you know, feel good about yourself in the moment.


  • People are indulging to the extreme, and I think we often buy because we think that it's going to change our life or it's going to give us this emotion that we feel like we're missing.


  • And it's like an endless trail of spending and constantly going to make us feel empty because we're externalizing something that we need to give to ourselves.


  • I think that's a big issue with consumerism, and it's running rampant.


  • Social media has changed the conversation so much, because there's just been this abundance of the ability to see these glamorous, glorified lifestyles.


  • It's not only celebrities that are presenting themselves this way, but even your own peers, which makes a lot of people feel like they're just not measuring up.


  • They can't financially compete with what they're seeing online.


  • It has left a lot of people, especially young adults, feeling very discouraged in their own financial standing.


  • Even if they're doing okay, they just may not feel that way when they compare themselves to what they're seeing on social media.


  • The question is, are you able, given kind of the luck of the birth lottery, are you able to have opportunities that are the same as those of people who may have been born into families that are in better circumstances than your own?


  • The American dream is all about it shouldn't matter.


  • The birth lottery shouldn't matter, right?


  • So it's deeply relative.


More than half of Americans say they would need at least $100,000 a year to be financially comfortable.

超過一半的美國人表示,他們至少需要每年 10 萬美元才能在經濟上過得去。

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