Apparently, you need to make $136,500 p.a. to be happy in Austin. Around ten grand per month.
Sounds about right.
Though it does occur to me that most of the people who made Austin such an interesting, funky place to live- the artists and musicians, the waiters and bartenders, the shopkeepers and small business people- earn a lot less than that.
And so they’re leaving because they can’t afford to live there anymore… or even if they can, it’s not as much fun as it used to be.
It’s nothing new. Things change, and the dance goes on.
The lesson to be learned here is, good, interesting cultures are very precious, and they’re very fragile. So treat them with the deepest respect, or you’ll lose them, faster than you think.
Just letting you know.