What it takes to be middle class in every state

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Middle class can mean different things to different people. You can think of middle class as a certain lifestyle, a state of mind, or a strict measurement of wealth. And how you define middle class determines who falls into it.

Using annual incomes and the cost of living around the country as barometers, the experts at the Pew Research Center have concluded that 52% of Americans qualify as middle class—but that portion can vary widely depending where you live. 

According to a Pew study released last fall, the median income of middle-class American households is $74,015, based on Census data from 2016, the latest available. (Pew defines middle class as two-thirds to twice the U.S. median household income, adjusted for household size.)

As you can see in the map below, that benchmark income tops $84,000 in Rhode Island and Maryland and approaches $75,000 in Florida.

So where do all these middle-class folks live? Pew drilled down by community as well, and found that the 10 highest concentrations of middle-class Americans reside in the Midwest and Northeast. In Sheboygan, Wisc., the middle class makes up about 65% of the population. In Laredo, Texas, on the other hand, only 39% percent of residents qualify. 

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What it takes to be middle class in every state

That roughly half of American households fall into the middle class is similar to what Pew found in 2011, the last time they did this analysis. But over time the middle class has been shrinking: In 1971, 61% of adults lived in middle-class households. 

And during that time both upper and lower-income segments of the population have been growing at the expense of the middle class. Plus, the top group has seen bigger income gains, widening the income gap.

Of course, the median income tells you only so much. You also may wonder how much you have to earn to qualify as middle class in the first place. In the table below, you’ll find the minimum and maximum incomes for middle class households by size of your family, from a singer person to a family of four. 

The amounts vary because Pew adjusts the data to reflect the cost of living around the country. So, for example, in an area where livings cost are lower, you’ll need a lower income to enter the middle class.

Keep in mind the this is based on 2016 income, but since inflation has been modest in recent years the exact number probably won’t have changed much. 

Finally, if you want to check out whether you qualify as middle class in your hometown, Pew’s income calculator will let you drill down by metropolitan area.

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What it takes to be middle class in every state

Let’s start with the U.S. average for middle class income:

Single: $26,093 – $78,280

Couple: $36,902 – $110,705

Family of four: $52,187 – $156,560

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1. Alabama

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $22.597 – $67,791

Couple: $31,957 – $95,870

Family of four: $45,194 – $135,581

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2. Alaska

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $27,502 – $82,507

Couple: $38,894 – $116,683

Family of four: $55,005 – $165,015

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3. Arizona

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $25,024 – $75,071

Couple: $35,389 – $106,166

Family of four: $50,047 – $150,141

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4. Arkansas

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $22,675 – $68,025

Couple: $32,067 – $96,202

Family of four: $45,350 – $136,051

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5. California

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $29,851 – $89,552

Couple: $42,215 – $126,646

Family of four: $59,702 – $179,105

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6. Colorado

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $26,876 – $80,629

Couple: $38,009 – $114,026

Family of four: $53,752 – $161,257

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7. Connecticut

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $28,364 – $85,091

Couple: $40,112 – $120,336

Family of four: $56,727 – $170,181

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8. Delaware

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $26,146 – $78,437

Couple: $36,975 – $110,926

Family of four: $52,291 – $156,873

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9. District of Columbia

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $30,242 – $90,727

Couple: $42,769 – $128,307

Family of four: $60,484 – $181,453

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10. Florida

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $26,015 – $78,045

Couple: $36,791 – $110,373

Family of four: $52,030 – $156,091

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11. Georgia

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $24,032 – $72,096

Couple: $33,986 – $101,959

Family of four: $48,064 – $144,192

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12. Hawaii

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $30,985 – $92,684

Couple: $43,692 – 131,075

Family of four: $61,789 – $185,367

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13. Idaho

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $24,267 – $72,801

Couple: $34,318 – $102,955

Family of four: $48,534 – $145,601

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14. Illinois

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $25,806 – $77,419 

Couple: $36,496 – $109,487

Family of four: $51,613 – $154,838

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15. Indiana

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $23,562 – $70687 

Couple: $33,322 – $99,966

Family of four: $47,125 – $141,374

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16. Iowa

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $23,536 – $70,609

Couple: $33,285 – $99,856

Family of four: $47,072 – $141,217

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17. Kansas

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $23,615 – $70,844

Couple: $33,396 – $100,188

Family of four: $47,229 – $141,687

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18. Kentucky

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $22,910 – $68,730

Couple: $32,400 – $97,199

Family of four: $45,820 – $137,460

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19. Louisiana

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $23,588 – $70,765

Couple: $33,359 – $100,077

Family of four: $47,177 – $141,530

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20. Maine

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $25,676 – $77,028 

Couple: $36,311 – $108,934 

Family of four: $51,352 – $154,055

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21. Maryland

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $28,572 – $85,717

Couple: $40,407 – $121,222

Family of four: $57,144 – $171,433

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22. Massachusetts

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $28,129 – $84,386

Couple: $39,780 – $119,340

Family of four: $56,257 – $168,772

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23. Michigan

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $24,345 – $73,035

Couple: $34,429 – $103,288

Family of four: $48,690 – $146,071

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24. Minnesota

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $25,441 – $76,323

Couple: $35,979 – $107,937

Family of four: $50,882 – $152,646

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25. Mississippi

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $22,545 – $67,634 

Couple: $31,883 – $95,649

Family of four: $45,089 – $135,268

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26. Missouri

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $23,354 – $70,061 

Couple: $33,027 – $99,081

Family of four: $46,707 – $140,121

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27. Montana

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $24,554 – $73,662

Couple: $34,724 – $104,173

Family of four: $49,108 – $147,323

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28. Nebraska

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $23,615 – $70,844

Couple: $33,396 – $100,188

Family of four: $47,229 – $141,687

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29. Nevada

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $25,415 – $76,245

Couple: $35,942 – $107,827

Family of four: $50,830 – $152,490

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30. New Hampshire

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $27,633 – $82,899

Couple: $39,079 – $117,236

Family of four: $55,266 – $165,797

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31. New Jersey

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $29,538 – $88,613

Couple: $41,773 – $125,318

Family of four: $59,075 – $177,226

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32. New Mexico

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $24,423 – $73,270

Couple: $34,540 – $103,620

Family of four: $48,847 – $146,540

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33. New York

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $30,164 – $90,492

Couple: $42,658 – $127,975

Family of four: $60,328 – $180,984

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34. North Carolina

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $23,719 – $71,157

Couple: $33,544 – $100,631

Family of four: $47,438 – $142,313

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35. North Dakota

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $23,875 – $71,626

Couple: $33,765 – $101,295

Family of four: $47,751 – $143,253

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36. Ohio

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $23,301 – $69,904 

Couple: $32,953 – $98,859

Family of four: $46,603 – $139,808

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37. Oklahoma

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $23,223 – $69,669

Couple: $32,842 – $98,527

Family of four: $46,446 – $139,339

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38. Oregon

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $26,041 – $78,124

Couple: $36,828 – $110,483

Family of four: $52,082 – $156,247

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39. Pennsylvania

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $25,676 – $77,028 

Couple: $36,311 – $108,934

Family of four: $51,352 – $154,055

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40. Rhode Island

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $25,989 – $77,967

Couple: $36,754 – $110,262

Family of four: $51,978 – $155,934

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41. South Carolina

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $23,562 – $70,687

Couple: $33,322 – $99,966

Family of four: $47,125 – $141,374

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42. South Dakota

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $23,040 – $69,121

Couple: $32,584 – $97,752

Family of four: $46,081 – $138,243

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43. Tennessee

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $23,536 – $70,609

Couple: $33,285 – $99,856 

Family of four: $47,072 – $141,217

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44. Texas

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $26,284 – $75,853 

Couple: $35,758 – $107,273

Family of four: $50,569 – $151,707

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45. Utah

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $25,389 – $76,167

Couple: $35,905 – $107,716

Family of four: $50,778 – $152,333

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46.

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $26,511 – $79,533

Couple: $37,492 – $112,476

Family of four: $53,022 – $159,065

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47. Virginia

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $26,694 – $80,081

Couple: $37,750 – $113,251

Family of four: $53,387 – $160,161

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48. Washington

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $27,529 – $82,586

Couple: $38,931 – $116,794

Family of four: $55,057 – $165,171

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49. West Virginia

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $22,858 – $68,573

Couple: $32,326 – $96,977

Family of four: $45,716 – $137,147

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50. Wisconsin

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $24,215 – $72,644

Couple: $34,345 – $102,734

Family of four: $48,429 – $145,288

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51. Wyoming

What it takes to be middle class in every state

Single: $25,232 – $75,697

Couple: $35,684 – $107,052

Family of four: $50,465 – $151,394

Notes: Range of household income needed to qualify for middle-income status, by family size, in 2016 dollars. Source: Pew Research Center analysis of 2016 American Community Survey (IPUMS)

This article originally appeared on Considerable.com and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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