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NYC a great place to live for those making at least $75k: survey

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Gothamites have turned kvetching into an art, but it turns out most of us really do like it here – especially New Yorkers earning at least $75,000 a year.

The Municipal Art Society’s Survey on Livability released Thursday found that 83% of New Yorkers are satisfied with living in the Big Apple, but those with the rosiest outlook happened to have higher incomes or were white.

For instance, just 9% of whites were dissatisfied living in their neighborhoods, while 21% of blacks and 20% of Latinos were unhappy.

Well-heeled residents, meanwhile, were also likelier to say the city is getting better (48%) rather than worse (26%).

“If you’re a rich white person living in Manhattan, maybe you’re having a lot of fun … and other people, not so much,” Mindy Thompson Fullilove, a clinical psychiatry professor at Columbia University, said during a panel discussion hosted by the society.

This is the second year the society has commissioned the survey, which polled more than 1,000 New Yorkers. So it’s still difficult to define long-term trends, said society President Vin Cipolla.

But he told amNewYork that $75,000 appears to be the “magic number” for helping to determine one’s happiness.

“Wealth and race are still important determinants in satisfaction with New York – very, very sadly,” Cipolla said.

He hopes the survey’s results can ultimately help fashion policy to make life in the Big Apple better – for everyone.

“Despite the divide, this survey also shows our pride,” Cipolla said. “When you look at the optimism people expressed in New York, we’re rolling up our sleeves and saying, ‘Full steam ahead.’”


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