Salisbury used to be a fantastic family town. In the post-WWII era, the economy was booming as many families relocated to enjoy the area's many employers and prosperity after the Great Depression had finally come to a close. Even during the Depression, the area didn't suffer as badly as many others in the country due to its largely agrarian culture, making it more attractive to people looking for escapes from urban areas faring much worse. After Ocean City began to thrive in the Fifties and Sixties, the town grew even more. Many of the area's younger generations returned after college life to start their families, living near all their relatives. They were the bedrock that caused the community to thrive, making even more reasons to love living in the Crossroads of Delmarva.
|Zillow Property & Rental Assessment|
Looking at the data from popular sites dedicated to helping folks make decisions about where to relocate, Salisbury doesn't offer young, college-educated people the prospects many locals would love to believe. If you look at the trends, the expected increases are not enough to produce good-paying career jobs for even the kids graduating from local universities. What's a college grad or anyone of working age to do?
People don't go to college or learn a trade in order to live in Section 8, low-income housing...
|Calculated on MD Comptroller's Website|
|Calculated on MD Comptroller's Wesbite|
Are people not expected to even eat much less save for their retirement?
When doing the calculation of the two-week pay period with only healthcare deducted, the salary is hardly enough to pay for the area rent; therefore, if a person has a car payment, student debt repayment or, God forbid, any credit card debt whatsoever, the chances of their survival here in Salisbury looks bleak.
No matter how much gerry rigged math you have, you can't put any lipstick on this pig and the future doesn't proffer a very promising view for many area workers for this area.
What happens to Salisbury when all the retirees and folks in mid-to-late careers die off? Who will pay taxes then with all the younger generations seeking their futures in more prosperous towns and cities? Only a few in our local government are entertaining this rising dilemma but are those few enough to halt and backtrack this downward spiral? Hardly.
Just something to think about...
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