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How much is a year of your life worth? How about four?

What would you pay for an extra year of your life? A lot, right? People complain about the cost of housing in Massachusetts, and with good reason — it’s outrageously expensive to buy a home in the Boston area. The median price of an existing single-family home in the Boston area was $563,000 in 2020, according…

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Diverse communities in Massachusetts

Unlike its northern New England neighbors, Massachusetts is at least somewhat racially diverse: 72% White, 7% Black, 6% Asian, and 12% Latino, according to Census estimates. (The U.S. as a whole is 61%, 12%, 5%, and 18%, respectively.) But a lot of our minority residents are clustered in Boston (which is actually a lot more diverse…

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Live alone? 14 awesome things you could afford if you had roommates

Last month I wrote a piece for the Boston Globe Magazine praising the virtues of roommates. Almost everyone in Boston has shared a living space at some point — the rent here is just too ridiculous not to. But many people give up roommate life as they cross some psychological threshold — age 30 or 40 or whatever it…

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11 ways moving can improve your life

The American Dream has always been linked to mobility. Religious exiles sailed here to start a new, better life. Millions of immigrants later followed in their wake seeking the same. In fact, mobility was part of the American Dream even before there was an “American Dream” — many Plains Indians tribes were nomads who followed the…

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