Who Are the "Middle Class"?

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There is no consensus definition of "middle class," neither is there an official government definition. What constitutes the middle class is relative, subjective, and not easily defined. The mid-point in the distribution is the median, and in 2007 the median household income was $50,233. How far above and below that amount the middle stretches remains an open question. This report explores the various definitions of the middle class and what salary ranges those definitions encompass, as well as related statistics and surveys that support this information.

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Cashell, Brian W. October 22, 2008.

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There is no consensus definition of "middle class," neither is there an official government definition. What constitutes the middle class is relative, subjective, and not easily defined. The mid-point in the distribution is the median, and in 2007 the median household income was $50,233. How far above and below that amount the middle stretches remains an open question. This report explores the various definitions of the middle class and what salary ranges those definitions encompass, as well as related statistics and surveys that support this information.

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  • October 22, 2008

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  • Dec. 11, 2008, 8:32 p.m.

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  • Feb. 9, 2017, 8:12 p.m.

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Cashell, Brian W. Who Are the "Middle Class"?, report, October 22, 2008; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metacrs10697/: accessed April 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.