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Dallas: You Know You’re Wealthy When…
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We’ve been going around the country since the beginning of the year, asking people to finish this sentence: You know you’re wealthy, when…
Here’s what some of the answers sounded like in Dallas, Texas.
Her home base is in Dallas, but this 15-year-old attends Concordia International School in Shanghai. She’s seen a lot of economic disparity play out in her time abroad, so her answer was, “you know you’re wealthy when you live in China.”
This mother of two works in retail at J.C. Penney. “You know you’re wealthy when you’re happy.”
Danielle has three children and is going to school at Richland College to be a dental hygienist. “You know you are wealthy when you shop at the mall every week.” If Danielle was the one shopping, she’d be zeroed in on shoes.
David lives in Dallas and works as a bank teller. To him, wealth is autonomy. “You know you’re wealthy when you can quit your job on the spot.”
Jazmine works as a full time volunteer for a non-profit called the Dallas Metro Dream Center. This Christian organization does a lot of children’s ministry as well as food and clothing giveaways. She says, “you know you’re wealthy when you have no debt.”
A Dallas resident and forklift driver, Jesse Stuart is a big fan of wheels. “You know you’re wealthy when you have a nice car.” His dream machine? A new black Camaro.
Katrina has one year left of physical therapy school and defines wealth on a pretty luxurious scale. “You know you are wealthy when you can buy your own plane.”
This proud Dad of two, including four year old Nash, defines wealth through the great outdoors. “You know you are wealthy when you’re fishin’ with your boy.” Malnory is a CPA who lives in Dallas.
Ludovic has lived in the Dallas area for eight years, but he came to Texas via France and is originally from Romania. “You know you are wealthy when you have a personal relationship with your creator Jehovah.”
Maci is a fourth grader who lives in Dallas and attends Saint Monica Catholic School. She wants to be a doctor when she grows up, specializing in geriatric care. “You know you are wealthy when you have a really good job.”
Stephen is a retired veteran of the U.S. Navy who served on several different ships, including the Newport News. “You know you are wealthy when you wake up and you don’t have to think, all you have to do is praise God.”
Gore is a manager of a Dallas Autozone and lives in Sachse. He’s been in the auto care business for more than 30 years and says he’s watched more and more people adopt a do-it-yourself approach to car maintenance as the economy lags. “You know you’re wealthy when you don’t have to worry about livelihood.”
Check out other photos from around the globe in the interactive map above. And see more from our series to find out what Washington, D.C., residents had to say about wealth in the nation’s capital and to hear from Southern Californians we encountered along the boardwalk in Venice Beach.
And let us know how you would answer that question on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter — use the hashtag #YouAreWealthyWhen.