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  •  Good question (3+ / 0-)
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    stevie avebury, mightymouse, Ahianne

    And the answer of course is it doesn't.

    The median household income was about $50,000 in 2010 (http://en.wikipedia.org/...) (not sure where your figure of 70% under $45,000 comes from? - maybe it is per capita income rather than household?). So I guess you might want to say the 25th to the 75th percentiles would be 'middle class'? That would be household incomes between around $25,000 and $85,000. I haven't seen the percentages on who won that group.

    It's complicated by differences in geography, age and family structure. Somebody who earned a middle class income as a working adult who is now retired might consider themselves middle class even if their income is not what it was when they were working. Plus, it's easier to live on $50,000 in some places than others.

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