How Much Do You Need To Make To Be Happy In Boise?
Does more money equal more happiness? According to these recent articles, there is a correlation. This is how much they say you need to make in Boise to be "happy."
That's the amount that gobankingrates.com says you need to bring in to be content and "happy" living in the Treasure Valley.
I know money doesn't directly bring happiness, but I've been on both sides of the table. When I was making more money than I am now I filled my life with things that I thought would make me happy. I bought new clothes, new furniture, new perfume. I'm not going to lie, it was fun, but I don't think I was happier. I was in a marriage that was failing. Although money was not my top concern, I still had plenty of other worries in life.
Since going through my divorce, I have a lot less disposable income. I live paycheck to paycheck all the way and I worry about money all the time. It's not fun. I long for a day when money or the lack of it does not consume my thoughts. I would say I live a pretty average lifestyle, and with the increased cost of cars, homes, and overall living I can't argue with that number. I've often said that in our society today you need to make about six-figures to not half to worry about money, comfortably pay your bills, save for retirement, and take a couple of vacations a year.
According to ZipRecruiter, the average salary in Idaho is $66,687, well below the "happy" amount.
Msn.com did a study showing how much you need to make to be happy in the larger cities around the country, and the findings were pretty shocking to me.
Chicago: $123, 690
Denver: $151, 410
San Francisco: $319, 935
Pretty much every city on their list said you had to make six-figures to be "happy" living there. What are your thoughts? Does money buy happiness? Do you need to make six-figures these days to be happy?