According to a government dataset analyzed by Planet Money, “Real Personal Income for States and Metropolitan Areas, 2008–2012,” U.S. currency goes further in Danville, Illinois, than in at least three hundred and fifty-five other American cities. Thirty thousand dollars there is more like thirty-five thousand dollars.
Here are some other facts about Danville, Illinois, in case you are considering moving there because ten dollars barely covers cost of a Chipotle steak burrito in New York City these days, and that’s not even with guac:
— It has thirty-three thousand or so residents, and “offers small town charm and big city amenities.” (Emphasis not added.)
— Abraham Lincoln slept there for a while. So did Dick Van Dyke. And Joshua Ferris.
— There is another Danville, in Pennsylvania, but it doesn’t seem as nice, since its population has fallen by nearly half over the last century, to around forty-seven hundred people. Also, it’s in the middle of Pennsylvania. It is uncertain which town has more Dans in it per capita.
— Where should you live in Danville? The most expensive home for sale, according to Zillow, is a seven-thousand-square-foot brick charmer with seven bedrooms and five-and-a-half baths, granite counters, Brazilian cherry wood floors, motorized dock for a boat (it is on a lake) and geothermal heat, for just over five hundred thousand dollars. There are multitudes of houses for less than one hundred thousand dollars, like this four-bed, three-bath number built in 1930, which has “character in a nice neighborhood.”
— There is a litter patrol meeting later today to keep things nice and clean.
— There are definitely some events.
— It doesn’t have a Chipotle, but there is one thirty miles away, and a steak burrito costs $6.65.
It’s ready for you.
Photo by Ross Griff