The average male life expectancy was 58.1 years.
The average female life expectancy was 61.6 years.
The average salary was $1,600 per year.
The average cost to purchase a new house was $3,450.
The average cost to rent a house was $22 per month.
40% percent of families lived in one-family detached homes; 25% lived in apartments. The remaining 45% lived in row homes or multiple family homes. 78% of people lived in homes with electric lighting, gas or electricity for cooking and an inside bathroom with a flushing toilet and running hot water.
A neighborhod grocery store during the 1930s.
Some average costs of food staples include:
Milk -22¢ per 1/2 gallon
Flour - 5¢ per pound
Bread - 8¢ per loaf
Butter - 32¢ per pound
Eggs - 33¢ per dozen
Bacon - 29¢ per pound
Round Steak - 28¢ per pound
Average cost of a new car was $625; average cost less trade-in value was $300. 40% of families owned cars, almost all of which were purchased used. The average cost of gasoline was 10¢ per gallon
The average savings for a family of four was $11 per year. Included in this average were 38% of families reporting yearly deficits of over $200 (12.5% of average income).