Special Report

Income It Takes to Be Considered Middle Class in Every State

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South Dakota
> Household income range for middle class: $22,433 – $110,534
> Median family income: $72,183 (23rd lowest)
> Middle class share of South Dakota income: 47.9% (8th largest)
> Richest 20% share of South Dakota income: 48.3% (7th smallest)
> Cost of living in South Dakota: 11.8% less expensive than than U.S. avg.

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Tennessee
> Household income range for middle class: $22,992 – $113,291
> Median family income: $65,656 (9th lowest)
> Middle class share of Tennessee income: 45.6% (13th smallest)
> Richest 20% share of Tennessee income: 51.2% (15th largest)
> Cost of living in Tennessee: 9.6% less expensive than than U.S. avg.

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Texas
> Household income range for middle class: $24,671 – $121,562
> Median family income: $71,868 (20th lowest)
> Middle class share of Texas income: 45.3% (10th smallest)
> Richest 20% share of Texas income: 51.6% (9th largest)
> Cost of living in Texas: 3.0% less expensive than than U.S. avg.

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Utah
> Household income range for middle class: $24,671 – $121,562
> Median family income: $81,599 (16th highest)
> Middle class share of Utah income: 48.8% (3rd largest)
> Richest 20% share of Utah income: 47.0% (the smallest)
> Cost of living in Utah: 3.0% less expensive than than U.S. avg.

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Vermont
> Household income range for middle class: $26,070 – $128,455
> Median family income: $80,452 (18th highest)
> Middle class share of Vermont income: 48.4% (5th largest)
> Richest 20% share of Vermont income: 48.1% (6th smallest)
> Cost of living in Vermont: 2.5% more expensive than than U.S. avg.

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