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Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.

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Chinese Church in Christ is Mountain View

Mountain View is in Silicon Valley. It’s my neighbor.

It is also home to Google.

People living in Mountain View are seeing their annual income increase pretty fast … more so than other places in the country.

I wonder how much people will be making when I get out of kindergarten. I also wonder when I am going to have to get a job. But not really. I have a job. I am a blogger. he he he

The top 10 cities with the fastest growing income are:

1. Chico, CA – but these guys started pretty low.

2. Greely, CO

3. Bellingham, WA

4. Yorba Linda, CA – $49K to $59K

5. Norman, OK

6. Gainesville, FL

7. Brownsville, TX

8. Syracuse, NY

9. New Orleans, LA

10.  Tyler, TX

15. Mountain View, CA – from $55K to $61K average over the past 4 years.

You can see a list of the top 20 cities that are growing in income at nerdwallet.

Let’s see. 11% increase over 4 years. 4 years from now Mountain View will be up to $67K. Four more years after that $74K. Four more years after that $81K. Then 4 more years after I will be getting out of college … if there are still colleges to go to … and the annual income in my neighbor’s city will be $90K.

Read: The Best Silicon Valley Boot Camp and how much you can earn when you get out.

Hmm… I’d better study harder.

The real question is – can you see mountains from Mountain View.

Answer: well, yeah.

Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.


Bill Belew

Professional Blogger, social media marketer, professor of marketing, Christian and dad.

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