The cost of living (mostly housing) has risen so fast that families of 4 making a combined income of $72,000 a year are now considered "low income" in much of the Puget Sound area.

That means households making salaries considered average in Tri-Cities qualify for all kinds of "welfare" and assistance in King and Snohomish counties.

$72k -- a household income many Tri-Citians would envy -- can still qualify you for housing assistance and other programs.

$28k a year for a family of four (a salary MANY single parents with three kids survive on) are considered extremely poor.

Boy, Tri-Cities is sounding better all the time!