Special Report

Income It Takes to Be Considered Middle Class in Every State

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Alabama
> Household income range for middle class: $22,051 – $108,654
> Median family income: $63,837 (7th lowest)
> Middle class share of Alabama income: 45.7% (14th smallest)
> Richest 20% share of Alabama income: 51.4% (14th largest)
> Cost of living in Alabama: 13.3% less expensive than than U.S. avg.

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Alaska
> Household income range for middle class: $26,553 – $130,836
> Median family income: $89,847 (7th highest)
> Middle class share of Alaska income: 49.2% (the largest)
> Richest 20% share of Alaska income: 47.1% (2nd smallest)
> Cost of living in Alaska: 4.4% more expensive than than U.S. avg.

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Arizona
> Household income range for middle class: $24,518 – $120,810
> Median family income: $69,981 (16th lowest)
> Middle class share of Arizona income: 46.6% (24th largest)
> Richest 20% share of Arizona income: 49.9% (23rd smallest)
> Cost of living in Arizona: 3.6% less expensive than than U.S. avg.

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Arkansas
> Household income range for middle class: $22,000 – $108,404
> Median family income: $58,080 (3rd lowest)
> Middle class share of Arkansas income: 44.8% (5th smallest)
> Richest 20% share of Arkansas income: 52.0% (6th largest)
> Cost of living in Arkansas: 13.5% less expensive than than U.S. avg.

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California
> Household income range for middle class: $29,198 – $143,870
> Median family income: $86,165 (13th highest)
> Middle class share of California income: 44.8% (4th smallest)
> Richest 20% share of California income: 52.3% (4th largest)
> Cost of living in California: 14.8% more expensive than than U.S. avg.

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