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 6:34PM
Dec 7, 2012 6:29PM
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Wow...I just realized how poor I really am!  Lol...how depressing.  Oh well...thank you Obama. :o)
Dec 7, 2012 5:54PM
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My former husband, who is well on his way to his first billion, shops for all of his clothing including their inexpensive shoes, at WalMart.  I don't think you can judge people as middle class if they shop at these stores.  I try to buy all of my groceries at WalMart because the selection is extremely good and the prices are at least one third less than a regular grocery store.  Why spend money we don't have to spend.  I recently purchased six beautiful sweaters, different colors, at WalMart for thirteen dollars each.  This may sound odd but I said a little prayer of thanks and ask God to please watch over the little hands from foreign countries and the slave shops that may have helped make whatever I purchase in goods other than groceries.  That goes for all businesses who buy from these countries.  Another store is Pier 1.  What does the term Middle Class matter.
Dec 7, 2012 5:43PM
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This article is a bunch of BULL hockey.

All the people of this country are different and if you don't fall in such guide lines are considered different. I don't think so.

I think the numbers are skewed....$75k for a house in the suburbs? Suburbs of what major city? Not when I was shopping around there wasn't and that wasn't that long ago even with all the foreclosures. The writer is high. I think a family has to make at least $100k a year to live and keep up with the Jones-es.
Dec 7, 2012 5:42PM
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I AM A AMERICAN WHITE MAN THAT'S ALL I AM. I'M NOT IN A CLASS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NORTH VERNON , IN.

Dec 7, 2012 5:38PM
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No surprise here, those classifying others as being too stupid to write an article or sugest what is what can't use proper English or spell what they do write.

Dec 7, 2012 5:38PM
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if you don't feel rich but you don't feel poor, you are middle class.



Dec 7, 2012 5:36PM
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What about percent of income per year given away to help others....I think this is an important question?
Dec 7, 2012 5:34PM
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And get ready for taxes to go up.. before I lost my job a year ago, my best year was 28k. Now, that bracket is going to pay ANOTHER $1200 in income tax....funny how that was just about what I was able to save per year.

And that 48k saved per kid??? What a joke. NO ONE can afford that, certainly not in my "middle" class world.... or  did I qualify as povery?

Dec 7, 2012 5:33PM
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If you are shopping Wal-Mart you are below middle class. The good news for you WAL-Mart shoppers is that the U.S. has become a Wal-Mart nation.  We don't believe in retail as in giving a merchant a profit. We want everything at cost or below cost. Of course Wal-Mart makes big profits, your just buying junk. Congratulation and welcome to 1960's Russia.
Dec 7, 2012 5:33PM
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If a family has kids of college age and they are paying for college even people up at the high end are gonna be strapped for $.  It's getting to the point that people have had job losses, lost their homes, their savings and retirement have been raided to pay bills and there is a segment of people that attack business so that business is reluctant to hire people. 
Dec 7, 2012 5:32PM
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I fit the bill for middle class and started saving for my grandchildren's education when they were born. It's easier as a grandparent so I've made the mark earlier than high school.

Dec 7, 2012 5:30PM
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I can't think of a better article more out of touch with who or what the middle class is than this article. Nice one MSN, Kim Peterson makes these middle class assumptions based upon who, Sallie Mae!  Sallie Mae doesn't know middle class from Auto shop class.

Dec 7, 2012 5:27PM
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Good grief!  I am a teacher with master's degree and more than ten years experience.  My salary doesn't nearly come up to the lowest of the middle class standards!
Dec 7, 2012 5:27PM
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My experience from shopping with affluent and non-affluent people is that people shop at certain stores to pay a certain amount for a product not class.
Dec 7, 2012 5:26PM
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Don't you just love it when people try to figure you out? They're the same ones who tell you what you're REALLY thinking, etc.
Dec 7, 2012 5:22PM
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I always enjoy discovering I am not wealthy enough to be middle class and not poor enough to have no class. I love the hate and outrage many fume over just because they disagree with the report which is just data; it has little to do with how you as an individual live. Maybe we should worry less about class and more about what you as an individual want; that maybe more helpful in your future. I like the take on I.Q. and college education being wasted on those below 110. Well I wonder if he voted for either ot the Bushes. You got to admit George Jr. would have a tough time making 90. No one will ever talk about retards the same again, who says the GOP is not progressive, when has the Democrats put up an idiot for Pres. My point is the messenger is not the problem it is only information to use as you deem useful in your journey through existence. I remember the days when middle class simply meant you had three meals, clean clothes and a warm secure place to sleep.   

 

Dec 7, 2012 5:20PM
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Wow! It seems I am doing worse than I thought, so depressing.

Dec 7, 2012 5:13PM
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"Nine ways you know we have nothing to report about"
Dec 7, 2012 5:12PM
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So,basically,most of America is lower class.                                                                                                Crap article.
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