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10 Cheapest States to Raise a Family

GOBankingRates | Posted 11.09.2015 | Business

By Elyssa Kirkham, GBR Staff Writer Household finances are tricky for everyone, and the number-crunching is especially hard for families. But l...

10 Most Expensive States to Raise a Family

GOBankingRates | Posted 11.09.2015 | Business

By Elyssa Kirkham, GBR Staff Writer Raising a family isn't cheap. In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that the average cost o...

Elizabeth Warren Wants To Make Up Missing Social Security Increase

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Elizabeth Warren would like to send every senior citizen and disabled veteran in America a check for $580.  The Democratic senator...

New Study Shows The Benefits Of Living With A Roommate

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 10.26.2015 | HuffPost Home

It can be depressing as hell to look at skyrocketing rent in cities such as San Francisco, where the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment is $3,53...

No COLA? No Problem in These Top Retirement Havens

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 10.16.2015 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

Thanks to the roaring, soaring Greenback, more of the Old World is more affordable right now than it's been in a long time. No COLA? No problem.

Social Security Beneficiaries Stiffed Amid Benefits Debate

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Tens of millions of Social Security beneficiaries will not get a raise in 2016, the government announced on Thursday. "With consumer pr...

Here's How You Can Afford To Retire In Paris

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 09.14.2015 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

When we're finally ready to flip the switch to retirement, my husband and I intend to settle in Paris. For us, this city is as good as it gets and the world's best option for retirement living. Step out your door anytime, day or night, and you don't have to travel far to encounter something engaging.

Low-Income Workers Have Nowhere Affordable To Live, New Report Shows

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics

Low-income workers and their families do not earn enough to live in even the least expensive metropolitan American communities, according to a new an...

The Urban Gap

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 07.27.2015 | Business
Peter A. Georgescu

Here and there, you can see the mix of the moneyed and the homeless in any major U.S. city--it's always been an element of urban life in the past half-century. Yet in L.A., it can be more unavoidable than in other cities.

How Much You Need to Make to Rent a Home in U.S. Cities | Posted 06.23.2015 | HuffPost Home

In a growing number of cities, a significant portion of the population spends 40% or even 50% of income on rent alone. Indeed, SmartAsset's analysis of rent data across the country found that in many places, a family would need to earn six figures to afford average market rents.

Why Nobody Under 25 Can Truly Afford to Live in N.Y.C.

Jessica Kline | Posted 06.22.2015 | New York
Jessica Kline

Our grandparents are so concerned we won't have a savings account, but how could we possibly when we may only be able to put away $1,000 a year? So yes, I left New York City really pissed off.

America's National Housing Policy in 2015: Destination Unknown

Garrick T. Davis | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Garrick T. Davis

America's national housing policy seems, in a word, adrift: rudderless, following the whims of the prevailing political winds of the day, the ebb and flow of the ocean's tides, wherever they might take us.

Here Are The Most Expensive Countries In The World To Live In

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 01.21.2015 | Business

You might think life here in America is expensive. But it turns out that when compared to the rest of the world, the U.S. doesn't even make the list o...

Getting Personal About Homelessness

Anita Casalina | Posted 03.16.2015 | Impact
Anita Casalina

As I think about cold winter weather, I always remember that there is a population of homeless people who are truly at risk when exposed to the elements.

Think Halloween Is Scary? Try Retirement

David A. Dedman | Posted 12.30.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

Losing the ability to earn income can be pretty scary. Think about it. You've worked for decades receiving a check every two weeks, and all of a sudden it isn't there anymore! When you retire you'll have to make several shifts.

Why Some Israelis Are Leaving Their Homeland And Moving To Berlin

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 10.30.2014 | World

A growing number of Israelis are choosing to leave their home country and relocate to what may seem to some as an unlikely location: Berlin. While...

Miami Should Exempt Parking Requirements for Small Buildings

Marianne Cusato | Posted 12.21.2014 | Miami
Marianne Cusato

Miami has a big decision to make about parking. What we decide will determine who we want to be when we grow up. Which sounds better to you -- a walkable city like Boston, Portland or San Francisco or an auto-dependent one like Atlanta, Phoenix or Las Vegas? It's your choice.

Explaining Gentrification

Jeremy Bamidele | Posted 12.09.2014 | New York
Jeremy Bamidele

While the repercussions of gentrification are easy to see: the rise of cafes, art exhibits, nicer streets, a higher police presence and a wealthier community, the process by which gentrification takes place and it's more insidious effects have yet to be explored.

Who Will NYC's New Living Wage Policy Benefit Most?

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 10.01.2014 | Business

New York City's new wage hike is much-needed relief in a city beset by skyrocketing living costs and mounting income inequality. But for many families...

What's Driving Americans Out of the Country?

Ella Jameson | Posted 11.25.2014 | Money
Ella Jameson

While leaving the U.S. may never be an issue of economic survival, the new economic climate is making it a much more tempting option than ever before.

Here's How Much $100 Is Worth In Each City

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 08.20.2014 | Business

$100 goes a lot further in Austin than it does in San Francisco. A new map, created by nonprofit research organization Tax Foundation using data fr...

Seven Affordable Illinois Cities

Reboot Illinois | Posted 10.19.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

We checked every city's cost of living profile at Area Vibes to give a more detailed look at how much it really costs to live in these communities.

Here's What $100 Is Worth In Each State

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 08.19.2014 | Business

How far can you stretch a buck? It totally depends on where you live. The map below, created by nonprofit research organization Tax Foundation usin...

Here Is How Much You Spend On Electricity In Each State

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 08.19.2014 | Business

If you live in Louisiana, you likely use more than twice as much electricity as the average New Yorker does each month. And if you live in Arkansas, y...

The Attainable American Dream

Stefanie Haeffele-Balch | Posted 09.21.2014 | Money
Stefanie Haeffele-Balch

The analysis insinuates that Americans should not be happy with their achievements because they have not attained arbitrary material objects. Somehow, USA Today misses what the American Dream is all about -- the pursuit of whatever each individual finds personally fulfilling.