Jimmy Carter is approaching 100 years old, and I’m in tears thinking about where he lives now

Former President Jimmy Carter used to live in the white house at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, but he now lives in a much more humble residence.

Carter, the nation’s 39th president and the country’s longest living former president at 96 years old, leads a rather ordinary — and inexpensive — existence, according to The Washington Post in 2018. Carter, in fact, still lives in the ranch house he built in 1961.


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The house is a two-bedroom ranch in rural Plains, Georgia (about a 212-hour drive south of Atlanta), and it’s only worth $167,000, according to the Post, which is “less than the value of the armored Secret Service cars parked outside.” According to real estate website Zillow, the median home price in Georgia is $213,026, which is less than the national average.

Carter’s thrifty inclinations include, according to the Post, spending weekends dining with neighbors on paper plates while drinking low-cost wine. It also claims that he and his wife, Rosalynn, produce their own yogurt. According to a 2011 Rolling Stone piece, Carter has been known to buy his clothes at his local Dollar General shop (he was there for the store’s debut in Plains in 2004), and he frequently travels commercial.


According to the Washington Post, Carter has gained much of his money in recent years by writing books; he has at least 33 to his credit, including a children’s book and reflections on his presidency. (There are 46 books listed on Thriftbooks.com.) Carter receives a $210,700 annual pension, as do all past presidents, and the federal government provides an allowance for travel and office space to all ex-presidents. According to the National Taxpayers Union Foundation, a conservative advocacy group, Carter received more than $230,000 in such allowances in 2017.


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Carter’s humble way of life contrasts significantly with that of other living past presidents.

Former President Barack Obama bought a $8.1 million mansion in Washington in 2017 and is known for his family’s summer vacation ritual on the scenic (and expensive) Martha’s Vineyard.

Bill Clinton said he left the White House $16 million in debt, but because to lucrative paid speeches and book deals, the debt was quickly erased. According to NPR, Clinton delivered 57 speeches in his first year out of government and earned $13.7 million from his “speaking and writing company,” according to a 2001 tax return.


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Clinton has a $1.7 million property in Chappaqua, New York, and a $2.85 million residence in Washington, D.C.
According to Politico, George W. Bush has delivered at least 200 paid talks since 2009, earning between $100,000 and $175,000 per appearance.

Carter, on the other hand, is not a fan of the finer things in life. “It just never had been my aim to be affluent,” the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize recipient admits.

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