Special Report

Income It Takes to Be Considered Middle Class in Every State

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Alabama
> Household income range for middle class: $17,807 – $91,778
> Median family income: $66,171 (6th lowest)
> Middle class share of Alabama income: 46.5% (22nd lowest)
> Richest 5% share of Alabama income: 21.8% (23rd lowest)
> Cost of living in Alabama: 13.6% less expensive than U.S. avg. (3rd lowest)

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Alaska
> Household income range for middle class: $35,393 – $151,683
> Median family income: $91,971 (11th highest)
> Middle class share of Alaska income: 48.7% (4th highest)
> Richest 5% share of Alaska income: 19.7% (the lowest)
> Cost of living in Alaska: 4.8% more expensive than U.S. avg. (10th highest)

Arizona
> Household income range for middle class: $26,486 – $116,748
> Median family income: $74,468 (17th lowest)
> Middle class share of Arizona income: 46.8% (24th highest)
> Richest 5% share of Arizona income: 21.8% (23rd lowest)
> Cost of living in Arizona: 3.5% less expensive than U.S. avg. (25th highest)

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Arkansas
> Household income range for middle class: $17,671 – $83,606
> Median family income: $62,387 (4th lowest)
> Middle class share of Arkansas income: 45.6% (9th lowest)
> Richest 5% share of Arkansas income: 23.1% (13th highest)
> Cost of living in Arkansas: 14.7% less expensive than U.S. avg. (the lowest)

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California
> Household income range for middle class: $36,996 – $187,706
> Median family income: $91,377 (12th highest)
> Middle class share of California income: 45.0% (5th lowest)
> Richest 5% share of California income: 23.4% (7th highest)
> Cost of living in California: 15.4% more expensive than U.S. avg. (3rd highest)