Poor People Big Cars Rich People Small Cars


A couple of years ago,  I gave a home tour of San Francisco.   San Francisco is one of the most expensive cities to live in country. In the Seacliff  neighborhood the average listing price for a home is 7 million dollars . In front of many of these homes was  the Toyota Prius‘s.  People in these neighborhoods can easily afford a less efficient vehicle  however, the car of choice seems to be the Prius.    in the upper income areas of Sacramento, you’ll see a high ratio  of hybrids and other fuel efficient  vehicles.

 J.D. Power reports that hybrid incomes are $100,000 a year vs $85,000 a year for the average buyer. In fact, 42% of hybrid owners make $100,000 or more per year.

University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute say that hybrid drivers have a level of education higher than any other group of car drivers. Hybrid owners are more than twice as likely as all U.S. adults to have a college degree

In most of the working class and poor neighborhoods here in Sacramento, you notice people driving large cars and SUV‘s   It seem, the people who ears the least amount of money drives Cadillac s, Jeeps, Suburbans and Tahoe’s

The cost to fill the largest SUV is $120 or more  vs $ 57.to fill a Ford Fusion hybrid.  The Ford Expedition gets 18 per gallon on the highway vs 47 for the Fusion.   Most cars on the freeways are single occupant .

Prices for the Toyota Prius and other hybrids begin at 20,000.  Significantly lower than a three year SUV as if fuel and maintenance

I have watched people adding five dollars into those huge Gmc Yukon‘s and Ford Expedition.

So the question is why?

Some believe its status. 

In this country its not uncommon to see an expensive new car in the driveway of an worn home.   Giant SUV’s in a working families struggling to make ends meet.

For some segments of  the population, owning a  luxury car or  SUV  means through this vehicle  they  too can experience a lifestyle a symbol of success

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Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

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