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Time magazine compared the cost of living in the USSR and the USA in 1980 - a five-fold difference

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Time magazine in 1980 (number of June 23) compared the income and expenses of the average American and Soviet families. Earnings in the USSR then were about 5 times less than in the United States. Main products and consumer goods, on the contrary? were cheaper in the USA.
The only thing that won the Soviet people in front of an American? in free housing and almost free utility services.
Recall that the average salary in the USSR in 1980 was 155 rubles, or approximately 37 rubles per week (in the RSFSR? 169 rubles per month, in Moscow? 192 rubles).
Almost free utility services and free housing, of course, should flatter the apologists of the Soviet government. However, we should not forget that in that year in the USSR, on average, there was 15 square meters. m of housing per person, but in the US? 50 square meters m. Existed in the Soviet Union, and the protorynok housing? cooperative apartments. For example, in 1985 about 2,000 cooperative houses were built in Moscow, the cost of a two-room apartment in them was 6-7,5 thousand rubles.
Several flattered Americans and Soviet dentistry. In the 1980s, paid dental clinics already existed (including denture rooms). The cost of one cured tooth could reach 7-10 rubles. Moreover, private dentists? when buying the appropriate patent from the state? Worked throughout the existence of the USSR. For example, in Moscow there were about 1,000 such private dentists in 1985.
The only thing? Consolation ?, and that for inhabitants of RSFSR of that time? in 1980, the income of Americans had to be divided into a greater number of children in the family. So, in 1980, 11.9% of American families were large (3 or more children), and in the RSFSR in 1979? 5.6%.

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