how much do islands cost i want one
Less than a college education
what the fuck
So, if you actually look, a lot of those are actually “island parcels” not “private islands”— essentially you’re just buying a plot of land on an island, not the entire island. The one that is an entire island (Chandler Island) says it’s only about an acre, and if you actually look it up, “the high tide area is only about half an acre: the size of an average suburban yard.”
Many of the islands listed as private islands rather than island parcels on the site actually appear to be lots on islands rather than entire islands when you look into the details of the descriptions. A piece talking about the most desirable private islands for under $350,000 has the cheapest one ringing in at about $180,000.
According to the College Board, the average costs for college (including tuition, room, and board) were around $20,000 for a 4-year public, in-state school and $40,000 for a 4-year private, non-profit (these are rounded up and down by about $1000 dollars respectively to make the math easier). This means that the cost for a four year college education ranges from $80,000 to $160,000.
So, well, yeah, technically you can buy a private island for more than a college education, it’s going to be (a) a pretty crappy island and (b) almost definitely cost more than a state school. I’m not saying that the costs of college aren’t ridiculously high and getting higher (they are) but they’re not quite private island high. This is especially true when you consider the fact that some costs, such as room and board, while you may be paying at inflated rates depending on how you have to do it at a particular college, you will be paying regardless of whether you’re in college or not— you have to live and eat somehow, after all (even if you’re living with your parents for free, there are still costs there, you’re just not the one paying for them). You would have to pay to live on that private island, after all— especially considering it might come undeveloped, you’d need to get in food and all sorts of things, etc.