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 2:06PM
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
Dec 7, 2012 2:00PM
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I don't see how $100K is the top of "middle class."  We live in suburbia, everyone around here is middle class, and most two-income families make more than $100K combined...but see how far that gets you with 2 - 4 kids and two student loan debts.  We make over that amount and can't yet afford Disney World, that's for sure.
Dec 7, 2012 2:00PM
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Again some idiot with zero qualifications or knowledge about the subject writes an artical.  Im tired of useless people who do not deserve more that a min wage job getting the chance to write something.  They just throw it together with no research and zero proven facts.  As a country we believe it! As a country we have to stop this BS because there are people out there that cant make a decision for them selves so they are influenced buy these over paid retards! 

Dec 7, 2012 2:00PM
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"Middle Class", is a state of mind. 

 

Statistics will tell you that you need to make a minimum of $90K to be considered middle class.  Anything below that is "working class, upper lower class, lower class" and so on.

 

Forget what label you want to fall under, forget what statistics tell you where you fall. 

 

If you work, you try to support your family, and you do the best you can with what you have, regardless of how much you have, then there is only one label that you should fall under...and that is "Hard working".

 

lol...this post clearly tells you I'm "poor".  haha

Dec 7, 2012 1:58PM
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Michelle Obama shops at Target- is she middle-class??????
Dec 7, 2012 1:58PM
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Two incomes of 50k, home with 298k to still pay off, 8 years from retirement, and thanks to greedy creditcard companies charging high interest, walloing in debt. Equity in the home is gone because of the values plummeting, and now underwater and unable to get out from under the debt.

 

Worried about the job not being there tomorrow, 401k depleted, worried about retiring. living like we're poor because everything we counted on has been squeezed out. Everyone takes a piece, and is getting rich, while our debt mounts.

There is no middle class, we are all poor on different levels.

Dec 7, 2012 1:57PM
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the way i see it is not only middle class people shop those stores but smart people i could have all the money in the world and i would still shop at the same stores...why spend more on things when i know i could spend much less
Dec 7, 2012 1:56PM
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This article is a big pile of BS.  Kim Peterson, go find some Occupy group to sit in instead of writing a piece of garbage like this.

How do you know you are raging liberal who wastes there time labeling people.

Slide one- your Kim Peterson
Slide two- you think this is a good article.

Dec 7, 2012 1:55PM
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Yes -always been in middle class-Happy there also-sad thing is -the democrats  just dont know how to relate to us - no biggie - were just all the  adverage folks that sent taxes into them -more of us than all other classes!! Wish theyed just figure out were better off  all working than gettin free $$ - do away with all the free "entitlement" programs - dont work then = dont eat!! WOW!! What a concept.!! Maybe then we wouldnt need all those govt employees either??  WOW!! =WOW!!! A real Concept!! 
Dec 7, 2012 1:54PM
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"middle class is simply a state of mind. It's the average Americans, not the ones at the ideological or economic fringes. The ones who drive their kids to band practice, who slog through long workdays, who cook at home and who don't have time for much else"

Funny I do all mentioned above and I am poor period.  I also know some people that are rich and also those this. 
Dec 7, 2012 1:52PM
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I've always considered myself middle class, but I feel like the media has just redefined what middle class is.
Dec 7, 2012 1:51PM
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Was interested until I saw that we have to wade through multiple pages to get through the list.  I know it increases your page views, but thanks anyway!
Dec 7, 2012 1:50PM
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If you think you are in the Middle class you are a marxist. There is no class system here in the US and if you accept that there is you are only letting them win.
Dec 7, 2012 1:49PM
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This is mainstream B.S.I will not work eat resturant chains or shopping corporate owned companies.Does that make me a domestic terrorist?
Dec 7, 2012 1:42PM
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I'm middle class but vote as a republican.  Another MSN biased report. 
Dec 7, 2012 1:36PM
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Ha...if you are middle class and shop at these places, what are if you can't afford those places listed?  Poorer than dirt. 
Dec 3, 2012 2:34PM
Dec 3, 2012 2:33PM
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It's been said that the great middle class this country once had was just an anomoly in history. Now things are getting back to the way it has been through ages; the haves nad the have nots.

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