Special Report

Income It Takes to Be Considered Middle Class in Every State

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Kansas
> Household income range for middle class: $22,891 – $112,790
> Median family income: $74,042 (25th lowest)
> Middle class share of Kansas income: 46.4% (25th smallest)
> Richest 20% share of Kansas income: 50.0% (25th smallest)
> Cost of living in Kansas: 10.0% less expensive than than U.S. avg.

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Kentucky
> Household income range for middle class: $22,356 – $110,158
> Median family income: $62,228 (6th lowest)
> Middle class share of Kentucky income: 45.8% (17th smallest)
> Richest 20% share of Kentucky income: 51.1% (16th largest)
> Cost of living in Kentucky: 12.1% less expensive than than U.S. avg.

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Louisiana
> Household income range for middle class: $22,916 – $112,915
> Median family income: $61,847 (5th lowest)
> Middle class share of Louisiana income: 44.9% (6th smallest)
> Richest 20% share of Louisiana income: 52.2% (5th largest)
> Cost of living in Louisiana: 9.9% less expensive than than U.S. avg.

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Maine
> Household income range for middle class: $25,027 – $123,317
> Median family income: $72,390 (24th lowest)
> Middle class share of Maine income: 47.9% (7th largest)
> Richest 20% share of Maine income: 48.6% (10th smallest)
> Cost of living in Maine: 1.6% less expensive than than U.S. avg.

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Maryland
> Household income range for middle class: $27,825 – $137,102
> Median family income: $101,437 (2nd highest)
> Middle class share of Maryland income: 47.7% (9th largest)
> Richest 20% share of Maryland income: 48.9% (14th smallest)
> Cost of living in Maryland: 9.4% more expensive than than U.S. avg.

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