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The Average Russian Family Is Comfortable With 1,000 USD a Month

But they'd like $3,000 per month to be totally happy

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 How much money does a family of three need to dispose of per month to lead a comfortable life?”, sociologists asked people in different regions of Russia. 

The most frequent answers were between 60,000 and 90,000 rubles (in the first quarter of 2016, the exchange rate fluctuated between 65 to 70 rubles for 1 USD – ed.). Almost one third of respondents gave one of these answers. A quarter said they would like to have 120,000 rubles or more. Only 15% would be happy with 45,000 rubles. 

On the average, a Russian family would like to have 72,700 rubles a month, approximately the average salary of two adults. According to Romir Research Holding, Russian aspirations only grew by 7,000 rubles (i.e., 10%) over the last five years, when inflation rose 50%. This means that Russians now need more money to lead a normal life, while their aspirations have become more modest. 

Last year the SuperJob Company asked respondents how much money they needed to be happy. It turned out that 180,000 rubles per month was enough for the average Russian. Aspirations rose, depending on age and social status, meaning that one way or another, everyone lacked something to be happy.


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