Fun with Maps 143&144

Map 143 covers a topic I have written about numerous times; buying a home. It shows the salary needed to buy houses in different major cities across the United States. In fact, I featured last year’s version on Fun with Maps as well. The current National Average salary required to buy a house is $52,699. Some of the above-average cities will be obvious such as San Diego ($109,441), Los Angeles ($92,092), New York City ($86,215), and Seattle ($82,671). The most expensive city in the country is San Francisco (even if you want to rent). I would love to live out there and have enjoyed visiting Beth’s family in the Bay Area a couple of times but it is just so damn expensive! Our current home base of Minneapolis is just below the average at $51,794 and it just isn’t reasonable to move from an average market to the most expensive one without winning the lottery. Even if we owned our current house outright (which we do not), it wouldn’t buy a comparable home in California.


The below average cities on the map are generally places that struggled more than most during the recession starting in 2008. They might also be less desirable locations for some people. Good examples are Detroit ($38,542), Cleveland ($34,434), Pittsburgh ($32,390), St. Louis ($38,131), and Atlanta ($40,092).Feel free to check out Map 37 to see how the salary requirements have changed since a year ago. Most cities saw an increase. The three notable excepts were all three cities in Florida. San Francisco increased 15% in just a year!

Map 144 is not your traditional map. It’s a floorplan! This floorplan is the design of two men in Syracuse, New York. They are trying to adapt the idea of co-working spaces – large shared spaces filled with desks that people can pay to use – into a residential application. The residential version would include (as you can see in the map below) very small private spaces that would be rented by single occupants. These 300 square foot units will be attached to shared community areas including a full chef’s kitchen, a game room, and a larger living area. This layout will allow inhabitants (probably young people) to have a good connection with many people within their same peer group, and yet they can retreat to their own private space if someone else is using the pool table (or they want to be crabby and alone for a while). There are some potential pitfalls to this idea, in my opinion, including; the inability to pick cohabitants, awkward personal interactions, bringing dates back to the shared space, dating other cohabitants (an awful idea), unfriendly food smells, clashing personalities, bickering over shared items (“damn it Ashley, I’m sick of watching that Kardashian show on the big screen!”), inability to have pets (I assume), and having to weirdly retreat to your private room every time you need to fart (oh right, act like I’m the only one). According to the article from The Atlantic, however, the rent price will be lower than the average Syracuse one bedroom apartment allowing these young people to save money and use it for planning their future or more realistically, travel! I don’t think living in a place like this would be for me but I do believe there are plenty of people out there that would be willing to try it. It would certainly be a very interesting way to meet people. The builders also plan to employ a social engineer to help keep the peace and plan group activities (similar to an R.A in college dorms).

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Could you see yourself living in this type of building? Let me know what you see as the pros and cons of this residential design in the comments below.


Until next time,

Bryan Signature 2




Bonus Map Link: Senator Al Franken (D-MN) Draws the United States Freehand

Bonus Bonus Map Link: Weird Town Names From Every State








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