Median middle class income?

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Median middle class income?
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Thu, 07-10-2003 - 6:59am
I'm reading this really good book, "The Influentials: One American in ten tells the other nine how to vote, where to eat, and what to buy." It's put out by Roper Reports -- those of you in the media/marketing/advertising space may have heard of Starch Readership Reports.

The book lists the median income for middle/upper middle class families.

Do you know what it is? Don't look it up online. Just hazard a guess. Hint: I was surprised when I read it given the "Can you live on $150K a year" thread a while back. Hint #2 -- don't include the most expensive areas in the country: NY and CA.

I'll give the answer later today.

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Thu, 07-10-2003 - 7:11am
In my city the medium income is $59,000 quite a bit above the national average.
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Thu, 07-10-2003 - 8:01am
I will hazard a guess that the median family income in the US is somewhere around $60K per year.

Jenna

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Thu, 07-10-2003 - 8:43am
I'd guess $50,000.

Edited to add:

I read this week that only 16% of American men make $75,000 or more and only 6% of American women make the same. That really shocked me. I guess that's what living on one of the coasts will get me.


Edited 7/10/2003 9:24:31 AM ET by peteynjoeysmom

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Thu, 07-10-2003 - 8:48am
As a total guess, I'm saying $36K
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Thu, 07-10-2003 - 8:50am
"The book lists the median income for middle/upper middle class families."

So are you asking what the median family income is or the median upper class income? There is a big difference.

I think the median family income is about 43K, but I don't think you can come up with a median middle/upper class income, too arbitrary. I do know that the median family income in my town is 168,500K from the 2001 census.




Edited 7/10/2003 8:52:11 AM ET by trip59

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Thu, 07-10-2003 - 2:57pm
The median income for middle and upper middle class families, excluding NY and CA, is $55K. I was a little surprised. I thought it was higher than that.

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Thu, 07-10-2003 - 3:09pm
I think I read somewhere around 50,000, so thats my guess

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Thu, 07-10-2003 - 3:26pm
So I'm thinking its really low?

Shoot, I don't feel rich enough to be "middle class" half the time and I'm almost certain we make more than the median...but we do live in NYC.

I would say 60K.

Ana
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Thu, 07-10-2003 - 3:30pm
I read your answer...that is pretty low!

I feel like I'm trapped in this limbo zone most of the time. DH and I just realized we don't qualify for a fabulous apartment that is being offered as part of a housing program for middle income New Yorkers. We make about 35K too much...even when we added two kids! I couldn't believe it....there is NO WAY I would consider us anything but "middle income"

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Thu, 07-10-2003 - 3:31pm
I don't understand, how can it be the same income for middle AND upper middle class? That doesn't make sense to me, also, who determines what upper middle class is? I never could figure that one out.

I know it's easy to figure out the median family income in the US, but just how does one go about determining what middle class, or upper middle class even is?

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