Over the last few years, my husband and I have hopped around the country. We started in Ohio, headed south to Charlotte, moved east to Virginia, and eventually landed out west in Seattle. It has been quite the whirlwind, but also an awesome adventure.
This morning, I read an article on Bundle – a rundown of which cities tend to spoil their kids the most. Funny enough, every one of the cities I’ve lived in is listed. It’s interesting to think about why we spend what we do on our kids, and what geographical factors might influence our spending.
Here’s a look at the four cities I’ve lived in…
1. Cincinnati, OH: 1% below average
2. Charlotte, NC: 30% below average
3. Alexandria, VA: 48& below average
4. Seattle, WA: 37% below average
When I first looked at these results, I was a bit surprised by Alexandria and Seattle. Both places have extremely high costs of living, so I initially assumed that parents here would likely have a higher income, and subsequently spend more because, well – they have more. But in thinking about it a little longer, it makes sense. Alexandria is just a few miles outside of Washington, DC – home of some of the most amazing museums and monuments in the world. And the best part? They are (almost) all free! Similarly, Seattle has amazing free markets, parks, and playgrounds.
Perhaps the accessibility to so many free city resources has made parents spend less on pricey children’s entertainment? This summer, we have spent almost every sunny day at a park, story hour at the library, local beach (all free), or the city zoo (I bought a $45 one year membership). And while those activities cost me almost nothing, it definitely still feels like my son is spoiled. My husband and I look at each other all the time and marvel that we can’t believe how lucky he is to grow up in such a great place.
You can check out the full list of cities here. Is your city listed? Do you think your kids are spoiled?
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