It should come as no great shakes to anyone reading this that the places where the most spoiled kids in America live are also the most expensive locations in the good ol’ U.S. of A.
I knew where these little tyrants hailed from the moment I read the headline Cities Where Kids Are The Most Spoiled on Shine from Yahoo.
Can you guess where?
The most spoiled kids in the country live in…
New York City. Manhattan and Brooklyn, to be exact.
A new infographic from Bundle.com shows which cities’ parents spend the most on their children, and kids in Manhattan are still the most spoiled in the United States, while their Brooklyn neighbors are a close second.
A year or so ago, I wrote an article here on Strollerderby featuring supermodel Linda Evangelista’s astronomical request of $46,000 a month from her billionaire baby-daddy so she could support their son in New York City. Yeah, okay, Dad is a billionaire, so $46,000 may not be that much to him, but when a “lifestyle management firm for wealthy families” (yes, it’s a thing!) was consulted, they broke down how much it would cost to raise a child like Evangelista’s privileged son, Augustin, in New York City. “At first glance, $46,000 seems like an extraordinary amount and it is,” Natasha Pearl, from the “lifestyle management firm” said. “But for a fortunate child in New York, it is actually absolutely conceivable that his expenses could approach $50,000 a month.”
Childcare: Of course Augustin needs a team of full-time nannies. Pearl says that his care would require three nannies, with two rotating on a full schedule and another as a backup. “That third nanny preferably has some specialty skill, like teaching the kid Mandarin,” Ms. Pearl said. “And if he’s a boy, the third staffer might be a manny to run him around the park and throw him baseballs.”
Total cost: About $23,000 a month, at least.
School: Pearl estimates Augustin’s preschool running around $2,500 a month.
Clothing: The boy absolutely must be clothed in all the top brands, right? No Carter’s or Osh-Kosh for this little guy. Augustin’s clothing expenses are estimated to run a minimum of $3,000 a month.
Extracurriculars: As Frank reports, “fencing, chess, French lessons, soccer and all the other add-ons that are required for any successful Manhattan 4-year-old will easily run another $2,000 to $5,000 a month.” FENCING? For a 4-year-old?
Drivers: According to lifestyle management expert for the wealthy, Natasha Pearl (do you think that’s her real name?) Augustin absolutely needs his own driver. I mean, what if he needs to be at school at 8 am and Linda is out clubbing until 2 am? What then? That could run anywhere from $6,000 to $8,000 a month.
That puts us at $41,000 and as Frank says, “we haven’t even gotten to his daily sushi intake or his expense account at F.A.O. Schwartz”.
With kids like Augustin populating Manhattan and the spawn of celeb wannabes like Simon Van Kampen and Alex McCord’s (of Real Housewives of New York fame) children Francois and Johan calling Brooklyn home, it’s no wonder the Big Apple is home to more than a few bad apples. As reported on Shine, “Manhattan is a place where baby sophisticates are raised on takeout sushi and parents pull strings to get their two-year-olds into $30,000-a-year nursery schools, so it goes with the territory that grown-ups spend nearly twice the national average on their precious tots.”
So what other cities are spoiling their children the most? The following round out the top ten.
Los Angeles, CA
San Diego, CA
Ft. Worth, TX
Bundle came up with these cities by looking at spending over a three-year period by households with children at stores that sell toys, clothing, and other services for kids. Out of 36 cities, they found that Nashville represented the national average. If you’d like to check out the cities where kids are the least spoiled you’ll have to click on over to Shine from Yahoo. You may be surprised by some of the cities that made that list.
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