Perhaps it would work in rural Spain, but then there tend to be ever fewer decent jobs in rural areas. Which is why I asked Mara about Spain’s major cities, I imagine in Madrid and Barcelona it would be a lot more difficult to live a middle class lifestyle, including housing if you’re a single adult on an average wage with no family support and you do not supplement your earnings with dubiously legal grey market or entirely illegal black market earnings either.
Which is why I made no family (financial) support a condition, just pretend our fictitious benchmark person has grown up in the social care or orphanage system.
Well for 20k a month I’d be prepared to move back to the city, though it still wouldn’t buy me something in that new luxury building mr. Bieber allegedly bought a condo as did some people closely linked to mr. Putin. But then that’s not exactly needed for a sustainable (upper) middle-class lifestyle.
Now 20k a year especially if that’s before taxes, yeah no.
As long as most decently paying, middle class “work” is becoming more and more concentrated in those regions I think it is. Besides relative earnings and purchasing power, compared to preceding generations at the same benchmarks in their lives as well as home-ownership are still down among all young(er) people, even if the effects have been more pronounced in the major cities.
Thanks to 30+ years of first “ideology-free” and then conservative government that has not been true here since the 90s’s at the very least. My studies cost me about 18000 plus the cost of living. Although I did earn the master’s degree later in life, if were younger it would have been a bit cheaper, then combined tuition would have been somewhere between 10 and 12k. Our current higher education system is an unholy blend between the British and German systems with some of our own peculiar touches if you want a comparison.