Ithaca, NY, loves it some Democratic Socialism of the Bernie Sanders type.

Ithaca is the second Most Pro-Sanders Zip Code in the nation, just behind the Mission District of San Francisco.

Here are the directions to my house, circa November 2008:

To live in Ithaca is to live in a city alive with anti-Bush, anti-war protest.  I often joke that the directions to my house in Ithaca  read as follows:  Take a right at the fifth Obama sign, a left at the third “Impeach Bush” placard, bear right at the “Support Our Troops, End the War” poster, and we are the house just after the “There’s a Village in Texas Missing its Idiot” banner.

Ithaca really is “10 Sq. miles surrounded by reality”

Bumper Sticker - Ithaca - 10 Square Miles

We have pot-hole riddled roads, but plenty of social justice.

Oh, boy, do we have social justice. And SJW’s.

And high taxes. We pay as much in school/city/town property taxes on our tiny little Ithaca 1600 square foot house as we did on our house in Rhode Island that was almost than twice the size in both square footage and land — and Rhode Island is not exactly known for low taxes. And in Ithaca, that doesn’t even include trash collection — you need to buy a sticker per trash container.

The roads are abysmal, but did I mention we have social justice?

And vegans. Lots and lots of vegans.

And street protesters.

Sign - Ithaca - Drones2

And street festivals.

Ithaca Festival 2015

And lunatic anti-Israel activists:

And bumper stickers:

Bumper Sticker - Ithaca - Environment Coexist

Did I say bumper stickers?

Bumper Stickers - Ithaca - All Over Sized

Until 2010 redistricting, our Congressman Maurice Hinchey had the nickname “Red”.

So when I spotted this story at The Ithaca Voice, it wasn’t exactly a surprise, Ithaca makes list of 8th most expensive city in the U.S. to raise a family:

On par with other lists, Ithaca recently was named the eighth most expensive city to raise a family in the United States.

The list was complied using data from nonprofit think tank the Economic Policy Institute.

According to the MarketWatch website, the study measured the cost of living in each area based on costs of housing, child care, food, transportation, health care and other necessities (such as school supplies and clothing), and taxes.

The following are the top 10 most expensive places for a two-parent household with two children to raise a family, including the average cost of living in the city:

  1. Washington, D.C. ($106,493 )
  2. Nassau-Suffolk, N.Y. ($103,606)
  3. Westchester County, N.Y. ($99,592)
  4. New York City ( $98,722)
  5. Stamford-Norwalk, Conn. ($97,350)
  6. Honolulu ($94,092)
  7. Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, N.Y. ( $92,837)
  8. Ithaca, N.Y. ($92,603)
  9. San Francisco ($91, 785)
  10. Danbury, Conn. ($89,000)

Take another look at that list.

Ithaca ranks up there with some of the largest cities and toniest suburbs. And we are in the middle of nowhere.


Ithaca NY State Map marked

Democratic Socialism don’t come cheap.

Welcome to my world. Again.



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