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    Re: what do YOU consider "middle class"?

    Are we talking for an individual, or for a married couple? For an individual, I'd say $25K - $75K is middle class. For a married couple...probably $40K-$100K.

    And I disagree that it depends on where you live, or the number of people in the family (beyond the wage-earners themselves). Because people can choose to have 0 kids or 5 kids...and they can choose to live in rural Indiana or Manhattan. This is one of my pet peeves about some of my friends here in the DC area, who are fond of bitching that they'd be rich if they lived somewhere else in the country...well, they chose NOT to. I view it as akin to a guy with a Ferrari who complains that he's poorer than a guy with an equal income who has a Chevy Cavalier, because his car payments are higher.
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    Re: what do YOU consider "middle class"?

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    If you are not married and have no kids, the federal government would consider you middle class. However, if you had kids, you would be considered working poor. I remember years ago when I was single and earning 32k a year I almost had as much disposable income as I do today, married, with kids, and earning 100k a year. Living is pretty cheap until you have a family.
    Which is why I won't be having a child right now. I can't afford to provide for a family with my income...at least not while maintaining the flexibility I have now. I see no reason to pop out a kid or two and then struggle or relegate myself to government aid to get by. In a year or two my income will almost double and my financial obligations will decrease in other arenas. At that point I'll consider children.
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    Re: what do YOU consider "middle class"?

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    I think this kind of demonstrates why the whole idea of basing "middle class" on income is ill-conceived. I make less than 30k a year right now, but I have a nice car (paid off in another 8 months, woot!), I can afford rent, I'm saving for a house, I have a nice cell phone/calling plan, high speed internet, spending money, health insurance, etc....and I receive no government subsistence aid for housing, health care, food, general expenses, etc. Based on the standard view of "middle class" I would fit, but based on income many people would discount me.
    I was actually basing that on a family of four, not an individual. Myself and my wife make significantly more than that but I wouldn't consider us rich by any means, we're comfortable. We live in a house that is, at least last time I looked, worth about a million and a half. We can buy a new car whenever we need to, bought one this year, thinking of replacing mine next year. I have the ability to go out and spend whatever I want to spend, when I want to spend it. I still consider myself middle class, just at the upper end.
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    Re: what do YOU consider "middle class"?

    If you have the time, I highly suggest you read this article, I loved it:

    Can the Middle Class Be Saved? - Magazine - The Atlantic

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    Re: what do YOU consider "middle class"?

    50k and 125k is a big leap.

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    Re: what do YOU consider "middle class"?

    I would say 40k to around 80k a year is middle class. I voted 40-100 though.
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    Re: what do YOU consider "middle class"?

    To subjective to make an actual declaration.
    My definition, anyone who says they are middle class.
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    Re: what do YOU consider "middle class"?

    Quote Originally Posted by liblady View Post
    assume average cost of living.
    There is a huge gap in your poll.

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    Re: what do YOU consider "middle class"?

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    Which is why I won't be having a child right now. I can't afford to provide for a family with my income
    you just explained why those in this income group are not middle class. a middle class salary allows the worker the option of having a child without being destitute.

    i'm in the same boat. i simply can't afford to have a child.

    that's not middle class.

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    Re: what do YOU consider "middle class"?

    Income is a poor indicator of class.

    Anyone who is obsessed with how much income someone else makes simply has no class.

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