The Nation: The Good Life

The good life, said a woman in Kansas City, Mo., is "when you aren't up to dabbling in the luxuries but have lots more than the necessities." A Bostonian described it as "anyplace with nice lawns and a quiet suburban street." To average citizens in Kansas City and Boston, the good life means about $25,000 a year, a seven-room house in the suburbs, two cars and three weeks of vacation. Those conclusions were drawn from a survey of 900 people in the two metropolitan areas by Richard Coleman, senior research associate at the...