A C-Note doesn’t really go as far as it used to. Back in my day, $100 could buy you a whole entire GameBoy and maybe even a game to go with it. Now with your new-fangled, fancy schmancy 3D video games and Call of Duties and Halos and what-not, you’re lucky to buy two video games for that amount, before tax. I could spend $100 a week just to feed myself lunch while I’m working. That ain’t right.
In some states, however, your dollar goes further than others. Check out this map of what $100 is worth in the different states of the union.
Ahh, that’s why I can barely afford to feed myself — $100 in New York State is only worth about $86.66. Compare that to Mississippi, a state which has more “S”‘s and “I”‘s per capita than any other state in this great nation, where $100 will buy you $115.74 worth of stuff relative to the National average.
The Tax Foundation, who put this map together, explains what these results mean:
“Tennessee is a low-price state, where $100 will buy what would cost $110.25 in another state that is closer to the national average. You can think of this as meaning that Tennesseans are about ten percent richer than their nominal incomes suggest.”
So, basically, you’re telling us that New York, California and Washington, D.C. have incredibly high costs of living and nobody has enough money? Thank you. I couldn’t have figured that out on my own from the balance of my checking account, which I’m proud to announce has just entered the double digits for the first time since 2011.
[via Mental Floss]