If you live in the metropolitan area, you're probably shelling out insane amounts of money for the bare basics of life, Forbes magazine proclaims.
Right. We know.
Food, gas, utilities, transportation, medical expenses -- their costs converge in a big ugly lump of indebtedness every month and put Long Island in an unfortunate category with Honolulu, New York City and Boston as some of America's "most overpriced" places of 2014.
New York and Honolulu tied for first.
The upside for Honolulu? At least it was 80 degrees there Wednesday. The upside for New York City? At least it's not Singapore -- which The Economist newspaper of London calls the world's most expensive place.
But while Long Island did better than the five boroughs on the Forbes list, its ranking as the sixth most-overpriced place in the nation isn't much to brag about. Forbes put the Island between San Jose, Calif. (fifth place), and San Francisco and Essex County, Mass. (tied for seventh).
True, salaries are higher in this region than in most other areas. And yes, prices are higher in these parts because -- for as many reasons as there are people here -- Long Island still is seen by many as a desirable place to live.
Still, our exorbitant cost of living is a challenge to some.
Taxes are high, real estate is not cheap and good jobs with good salaries are scarce. Our young people are moving out and senior citizens are struggling.
Finding the money for a decent life after food, shelter and utilities are paid can be a rugged scramble.
It's a tough world out there -- and the rent not to mention the house payments -- really are too damn high.