9 ways to know if you're middle class

There's no hard-and-fast definition, but surveys show what kind of income and lifestyle you're likely to have if you -- and others -- think you're middle class.

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Dec 7, 2012 2:16PM
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Wells Fargo got that last comment right, I will no longer put my money in any investments, stocks, MM or anything else, since the economic downturn over the last 4 years, and then taking what little taxpayer money I have coming out of a paycheck in order to help those that got us in this very mess in the first place. I will not help them re-grow. I'm keeping my money under the mattress. LOL not in a bank, and not in a corporation so they can steal it from me again.
Dec 7, 2012 2:15PM
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Seems to me the person that wrote this has no class.
Dec 7, 2012 2:15PM
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This is the dumbest article ever.  It's like saying:  you know youre alive if youre breathing, if you require water to function, if you move your bowels...lame

Dec 7, 2012 2:13PM
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WTF kinda crap is this?!?
Even if I was a Billionaire I'd still shop at these stores, because I'm a down to earth, modest person that doesn't need to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on a piece of clothing like Gucci or Versali, etc. (wonder if I even spelled those correctly) to make myself feel good or try to be better than anyone else! I'm a guy so I dunno if these are mens clothing companies or just for women! lol

Dec 7, 2012 2:13PM
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Uh, not necessarily, look at Gov. Romney, I just saw a picture of him this week loading up his van in the Costco parking lot. Shopping at any of these discount stores doesn't make you anything , but an American who needs to buy stuff.
Dec 7, 2012 2:13PM
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It's all so relative.  Depends on what you can actually buy with your money.  Which is a lot less than it used to be.  Also, there used to be more government assistance for college.  The loss of this pulls the living standards down for many families and for graduates due to having to start their careers with a huge college loan debt.
Dec 7, 2012 2:12PM
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I'm middle class and proud of it!  Of course, I think the above-referenced description is about as far away from reality as it gets (do ANY of you have your kids college educations all sewn up?)  We are the 99%, babies!  We rock!
Dec 7, 2012 2:12PM
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Its what you take home that counts. If you make 50K and after taxes and retirement you take home only 2/3 of that, thats not middle class.
Dec 7, 2012 2:11PM
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In San Francisco, CA you need a MINIMUM of $180k/yr income to be middle class.
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My family used to be in the middle-class right up until around 2007, then the rug was pulled out from under us. We are struggling now just as much or more than we did when we were in our 20's and just starting out on our own. The deck is stacked against us with little hope for improvement. We're just trying hard to hold on to what we have and still watching it slip away a little at a time.

 

It is frustrating as hell to see the politicians say the middle class earnes up to $250,000 and to know they believe the bile they are spewing from their pompous mouths. They will keep eroding our United States until there is no more middle-class -at least not in the old fashioned traditional sense.

Dec 7, 2012 2:11PM
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I have a job and family and YET I can get wick and other freebies but I don't want them so where does that put me Poor ?? This article is nothing but more skewing the numbers game !
Dec 7, 2012 2:10PM
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I'd rather be homeless than be a Democrat.

Dec 7, 2012 2:09PM
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Most middle class people are Republicans...we work hard for what we have and want to keep it. While most of your democrates are welfare scums or your bleeding hearts who want to steal money from hardworking Americans to give it to lazy scum.
Dec 7, 2012 2:08PM
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who the hell do you think you are? it dose not matter if i have $10.0 in bank or 10000.00 in the bank people are people. it people like the one that wrote this that are scum
Dec 7, 2012 2:08PM
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The whole, "You lean Democratic" is a bunch of bologna! That's the liberal media for you! Nearly all the middle class people I know are Republican. They work hard for their money want to keep it! Not give it to the government for more taxes.
Dec 7, 2012 2:08PM
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you know you're middle class if...you take your kids to the dollar store and have absolutely no qualms about spending $20 on crap for them.
Dec 7, 2012 2:08PM
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I am afraid these figures just do not work out for montgomery County MD. Middle class here is 100,00 - 250,000 a year house hold income.  My family is in the middle of that range and we can not afford half of the stuff this article says people making 56-75 are able to do. Four grand a year for vacation? in my dreams, not with Daycare cost 2600 a month.
Dec 7, 2012 2:06PM
Dec 7, 2012 2:05PM
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How about the Dollar Store because as a middle class citizen that's how much I can afford these days. Everything keeps going up except my salary.

 

Dec 7, 2012 2:03PM
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the democrats take care of the poor, the republicans favor the rich... either way i am hosed
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