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All too true. Not all is rosy here in the boomtown..


The pursuit of money has changed the culture of Silicon Valley, affecting everyone from the super-rich to people struggling just to survive

AT FIRST GLANCE, many people in Silicon Valley seem to have it all: SUVs, cell phones, $3 lattes. Good jobs, with rising pay and bonuses, and great weather, too.

But listen to the chat over those lattes and it’s quickly apparent people are anxious about money.

The reality is that in many ways, the valley is out of whack economically compared with the rest of the nation, riding a boom filled with paradoxes.

In this occasional series, we explore how the pursuit of money has changed our society, our families, our lives. We look at four families, four incomes and four realities.

We have charts and interesting facts and spreadsheets for you to explore. We’re anxious to hear what you have to say about all this, how you cope or don’t. Read letters from our readers here too.

If you live in Alameda, Contra Costa, Monterey, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara or Santa Cruz counties, you can check your own ZIP code in our searchable database to find out how you and your neighborhood compare. (You’ll also find the database search in the dark green box on most of the pages in this special report.)

The stories begin here…

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