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 3, 2012 2:02PM
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if you live in the Washington DC area trust me you need more than 80k to not live paycheck to paycheck and let me say this I have little childern 1 and 5 years of age... and I can tell you we do not have free pre-school like other places and child care for a child beween the age of 2-5 is atleast 250 a week yes 250 and that is the lower rates.  Child care cost more than some peoples rent and or morgage.  No child left behind act my ****... only weathly people can pay that.   
Dec 3, 2012 1:58PM
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You're' middle class if...you use a hair dryer and a scissors to cut your lawn...if you are constantly sticking your nose into what your neighbors are doing...if you are enormously paranoid about maintaining the look of being wealthier  than you really are...if you cut the grass on the public parkway strip that separates your street...if you call the city on your neighbors because they seem to threaten your fantasies of being a step or two higher on the class status latter than you actually are... if you never say hi to your neighbors and take on heirs of pseudo intelligence and snobbishness...if you secretly harbor less than inclusive views of other people...if you identify with an exclusive clique of people who often quietly look down their noses at non-members...and finally, you are middle class if your boyfriend has to be taller than you are and must be financially secure...hahaha.  
Dec 3, 2012 1:52PM
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In Ecuador i was MiddleHigh Class in here i am under Class because my husband makes $45,000 and because i am collecting Unemployment. anyhow between my husband  and me we own $20.000 aproximately.
but i wont complain much becuase i still shop in Nordstrom ,Bloomingdales and macys what we need is a stonger Economie.

Dec 3, 2012 1:41PM
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It's a label and nothing more - who cares if you're called "middle class", or "Purple class"? I pay for what I can, save for what I want, and get by as I can. I DESPISE how the media is always trying to work us up by putting us in boxes and saying. "There, you are a yadda-yadda, and you are thisathat"
Dec 3, 2012 1:41PM
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I fall into the Middle class by definition but feel like government has a choke hold on me and I can't breath at all...they and everyone else has their hand out wanting me to give more. Gee give me a break!
Dec 3, 2012 1:37PM
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This article anchored by it's quoted statistics is garbage and is meant to comfort everyone who is making between 35 and 100K a year to continue to think they are middle class.  All over the web you find articles written about how little Americans have saved and how little the 40-60 year olds have saved for retirement.   How Americans' net worth is ridiculously low.  And of course, the comment that most middle class Americans believe that POTUS is better for the middle class is a joke.  Soon, the threshol for the AMT tax will be 46K  not the 76K it is now.  And the gov't will be collecting even more from its minions.  You might be able to afford a 176K house on 85K salary but that doesn;t include the school/property taxes you will have to pay.  And good luck finding  a 176K house on Long Island in New York. Please.  There is so much boloney here it could be a Boars Head processing plant.

 

 

Dec 3, 2012 1:36PM
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I think I know who that secret santa is who was passing out $200 the other day in NY.It

looked like it was either Donald Trump or Mitt Romney.LOL.

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