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This question was prompted by someone asking a similar question "What is the definition of 'middle class' these days?" I was curious if anyone could actually put a number to it.
Ray1992 Ray1992 18-21, M 14 Answers Mar 5, 2012

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Currently have a house you can't afford to maintain, a vehicle made before 2000 that you are still making payments on, and a job that barely pays you enough to live on.

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And you can blame it all on congress and the administrations.

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I live in Toronto, Canada. For a person living alone, these are the numbers/income ranges:<br />
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LOWER CLASS: Below 30k<br />
MIDDLE CLASS: 30k-100k<br />
UPPER CLASS: Above 100k<br />
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For a family of 3 and up:<br />
LOWER CLASS: Below 55k<br />
MIDDLE CLASS: 55k-230k<br />
UPPER CLASS: Above 230k

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I agree for your numbers for single people in Toronto except I would say for families of 4 in downtown/East Toronto:

Lower Class: Below 60k
Middle Class: 60k-250k
Upper Class: Above 250k

In Vancouver, where I live, there's an even higher cost of living (even though Toronto is alright pretty high). For singles I would say:

Lower Class: Below 45k
Middle Class: 45k-120k
Upper Class: Above 120k

For families of 3 and up here:

Lower Class: Below 70k
Middle Class: 70k-250k
Upper Class: Above 250k

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I totally agree with both of you. I live in West Toronto (Scarborough) and I would also say that for a nuclear family lower class is 0k-60k, middle class is 60k-250k, and upper class is above 250k. For large American cities such as LA, San Fran, NYC, and such lower class is 0k-80k, middle class is 80k-300k, and upper class is above 300k. For average-sized to high-sized cities like Chicago, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, and Orlando lower class is below 40k, middle class is 40k-200k, and upper class is above 200k. Yes, you guys are completely correct.

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Actually the information/data confirmed by several sources for Toronto families of four would be:

Poor= 0-35K
Lower Class= 35K-65K
Lower Middle Class= 65K-75K
Middle Class= 75K-140K
Upper Middle Class= 140K-250K
Upper Class= 250K-500K
Rich/Wealthy= Above 500K

Toronto is mostly lower middle class, which makes sense since most of Toronto is skilled blue-collar workers and entry-level white-collar professionals. In the US for cities like LA and NYC, these are it:

Poor= Under 45k
Lower Class= 45k-85k
Lower Middle Class= 85k-95k
Middle Class= 95k-160k
Upper Middle Class= 160k-300k
Upper Class= 300k-600k
Rich= Above 600k

In the US, confirmed information/data for cities like Miami, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Philadelphia, for families of four it would go something like this:

Poor= Under 25K
Lower Class= 25K-55K
Lower Middle Class= 55K-65K
Middle Class= 65K-120K
Upper Middle Class= 120K-200K
Upper Class= 200K-350K
Rich= Above 350K

This is confirmed by six or seven information sources, if you would like I could name all of them. Take NOLA for example. Not a really big city and seems relatively cheap, but tourism and high prices for urban/inner suburban areas are common. The median/average household income in NOLA is around $45K, but it is still lower class because most of the city is either poor or lower class. Whatever, these are real straight-up facts.

I am a security guard for a corporate executive and make an average of $28K/year, while my wife brings in around $23K/year as a medical receptionist. We don't have kids and live in Staten Island, we are considered lower class or working class. Thing is, I have an Associate's degree and my wife has a Bachelor's, so we are both college educated. The economy sucks.

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I feel that all americans who are not rich want to be considered middle class. Because it sounds better then being classified as poor. Honestly I consider myself low income. I live check by check, and I am unisured. So what more is there to say. If your not rich your POOR.

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I believe that middle class could be defined as $35000 for one person in the household and $15000 for each additional person in the household. Thus a ;couple with 2 children would need a yearly income of around $80000 to be considered middle class. This would be for the average American city. Much higher in Malibu and much lower in Peoria. Just a guesstimate.

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I would think that middle class is very wide ranged. Probably really from about 60k to 150K, depending on your location and family size.

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My salary is $46,800 and I get about $12,792 a year in child support. If you take out my 401K contribution out, medical, dental, life, vision insurance out, my take home is $34,272 a year. But after I pay my mortgage and all my other bills, including car payment, I would have about $1900 a month left to save (doesn't always happen). So, while my salary figure might not be middle class, I sure as heck don't feel like I'm low income. With that being said, some websites say that between $30k and $90k is middle class. That's a pretty big range.

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it depends I live in NY and a person making 70,000 and up by themselves is decent living. However 70,000 is a stretch with a family. Rent alone in Manhattan for a studio could easily run over $2000 a month. so middle class it depends where you live.

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In the UK it is around £40,390 per year.

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middle class, aka median. median income is $50,233.00. middle class would suggest median is dead center middle class thus middle class would start below 50k

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actually, median income in this country is just over 26,000 right now.

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That is average income, median is 50,233.00 per wikipedia.

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depends on where in the USA you live. What is middle class in some areas isn't even enough to survive on in other places.

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It depends on where the person is located. $90K in Meridian, MS would be doing well, where that would be poverty in NYC for a family of 4. I would say in general $90K to under $200K would be middle class for most places in the U.S. . Again though, in San Francisco middle class would extend to at least $250K. I don't know for sure, I only know what I make and what I am considered.

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90k seems high as a low to me, just a personal opinion. Because I know my parents make probably around 70k and I would easily consider them to be above the minimum of middle class just by judging on how they can afford to live. But then again it IS about perspective.

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Yeah, I think it depends on where someone lives. $70K can be a decent living in many places in the U.S. I would look at the average housing prices and take that into account when deciding for a particular area. For health care they are setting the subsidy amounts at 400% of the federal poverty limit, which is $89,600 for a family of 4; that is the upper threshold. It is depressing since many live on far less :-)

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I think "middle class" is more of a state of mind, these days.

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30k ≤ middle class ≤100k

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