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FC: Life in Manhattan | by Kevin Patel

2: Life in Manhattan

3: Can you imagine a nuclear family full of people that graduated and went on to the same professional field? | The Smith family is a perfect example of this type of family. The Smith family is a nuclear family and all members of the family graduated and became doctors and went on to practice in the medical field. The members of the family include Michael, 48, Mary, 45, and twins Mike and Steve 18. The twins are going to be doctors as well. The stage of the family cycle they are currently in is the launching stage: families with adolescents.

4: Michael and Mary are very outgoing. Michael is a workaholic and takes his medical profession very seriously. He enjoys traveling and reading books. | They both work long hours so they both spend little time indoors. Mary enjoys gardening and loves outdoor camping. Mike is shy, but very intelligent. | He enjoys playing basketball and loves watching football games. Lastly, Steve Smith is the class clown. Like his brother, he is very intelligent, but enjoys spending time with friends.

5: The family has an influential lifestyle. The parents are doctors so the sons also have the desire to be doctors. The parents’ choices are very influential to the twins. | The Smith family stores their food in the kitchen and in the garage. | They mostly keep frozen food in the garage in a freezer and other types of foods such as vegetables in the kitchen.

6: They have smoke detectors in all living rooms and in the kitchen in case of a fire. They have advanced locks for their doors and a security system set up in case someone tries to break in. | They also keep one fire extinguisher in case of a fire. All family members might have different personalities, but they all feel like they have each other which form a strong love and acceptance bond. | All family members hold themselves in high esteem. Their appearances are in a professional manner and their lifestyle is very clean. Their house is always looking new with no messy papers or boxes laying everywhere. All members of the family have a place to study or do work. Michael and Mary both work at the same hospital.

7: Steve and Mike do their studying for school in their own rooms where each room is personalized to that individual. | Michael and Mary are both pediatricians, doctors for children. They both have the same salary, $150,000. Mike and Steve do not work because they go to a local college full time. They do not have any income.

8: When deciding what city to select, there are several factors to consider. After considering the factors, the family chose to live in Manhattan, New York because they have close friends and family that live nearby. It is such a very large and diverse city that occupations of all kinds are needed over there. | Manhattan is located in the east coast of the United States in the state of New York. | Manhattan Island is bounded by the Hudson River to the west and the East River to the east. In the north, the Harlem River is located and divides Manhattan from The Bronx. The vegetation in Manhattan varies by location, but there are a lot of Appalachian Oak and evergreen shrubs growing.

9: Manhattan has a humid temperate climate consisting of hot, humid summers and cold winters. The city gets about 25 to 35 inches of snow a year. The highest precipitation fall is in May and the lowest precipitation is in February. | As far as temperature, the highest average temperature is in the month of July with a temperature of 84.20 degrees Fahrenheit and the lowest average temperature is in the month of January with a temperature of 26.20 degrees Fahrenheit. | The natural disaster risk for Manhattan is higher than average for certain categories. The earthquake risk is 111 compared to the national average of 100 and the weather risk is 87 compared to the national average of 100.

10: Another category that Manhattan is higher than average on compared to the national level is air pollution. Manhattan has an air pollution index of 116 compared to the national average of 100. Cars and buses are everywhere and they give off air pollution because of the tightly congested space. | Manhattan is one of five boroughs of New York City, having a population of about 1.6 million people and various zip codes that range from 10001- 10286. | The population of Manhattan is fairly dense with a density of 70,951 people per square mile which would indicate that it is located in an urban area. Manhattan has a fairly high tax rate of 8.875 percent, which is well above national average for sales tax rates.

11: The median age is about 36 years old, with highly educated people making up most of the population and their median household income is around $100,000, which makes home prices fairly high at around $1,000,000. The city has plenty of white collar and skilled jobs with 82.94 % as well as blue collar and hourly jobs being 17.06%. | With a city being so populated, crime is pretty high. The total crime risk index for Manhattan is 153 compared to the national average of 100, but the NYPD does a good job of stopping crime quickly. Manhattan has public transportation everywhere. | People can ride a bus to work, they can choose to drive a car, or they can choose to walk to work if they live fairly nearby. 54% of people take public transportation, 32% walk or bike, and 7% drive.

12: The city has a lot of residential neighborhoods due to the high density of the city. Manhattan is a very heterogeneous area, with people from all around the world living there and working with each other. | The school in which the twins will go to is New York Medical College where the tuition for a year for each student is about $46,000. The institution is a very prestigious one and one thing that is important is that it’s close by so the twins can come back home after their classes are done. | A public school nearby is Aaron School. Aaron school has a very high educational climate as well. There are lots of facilities nearby including: natural parks, tennis courts, video arcades, go-cart tracks, cruise boats, and bowling facilities. Other, more beneficial facilities include: health care facilities, fire protection facilities, environmental facilities, and historical museums.

13: One of the most important decisions in finding a house is the type of site it is located in. The site contains 0.081 acres of land located in New York, NY 10031. The shape of the site looks to be mostly rectangular in features containing a flat style site. | The size of the house is vast, containing 3570 sq ft of land with 9 total rooms. The particular style of housing is an early 20th century house style and is the brownstone style of housing containing brown sandstone as the building material. | Landscaping wise, there are many other structures next to the house that contain a similar style of housing. New York City, and Manhattan in general, contains a highly dense population. As a result, structures and buildings are close to each other.

14: The total cost of the house is $1,250,000, which is a pretty acceptable price for a home around the New York City area. The down payment is 20% of $1,250,000, which is $250,000. | During the 30 year term loan term with a fixed interest rate of 4%, the monthly payment is calculated out to be $4,774.15.

15: Dining Room Floor Plan

16: Social Area/Living Room Floor Plan

17: Quiet Area Floor Plan

18: Work Area Floor Plan

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