Special Report

Income It Takes to Be Considered Middle Class in Every State

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Kansas
> Household income range for middle class: $24,741 – $105,573
> Median family income: $79,006 (25th highest)
> Middle class share of Kansas income: 47.5% (17th highest)
> Richest 5% share of Kansas income: 21.3% (18th lowest)
> Cost of living in Kansas: 10.0% less expensive than U.S. avg. (15th lowest)

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Kentucky
> Household income range for middle class: $18,602 – $90,740
> Median family income: $66,183 (7th lowest)
> Middle class share of Kentucky income: 46.0% (17th lowest)
> Richest 5% share of Kentucky income: 23.1% (11th highest)
> Cost of living in Kentucky: 12.2% less expensive than U.S. avg. (5th lowest)

Louisiana
> Household income range for middle class: $16,721 – $95,787
> Median family income: $65,105 (5th lowest)
> Middle class share of Louisiana income: 45.1% (6th lowest)
> Richest 5% share of Louisiana income: 23.2% (10th highest)
> Cost of living in Louisiana: 10.9% less expensive than U.S. avg. (10th lowest)

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Maine
> Household income range for middle class: $25,701 – $111,898
> Median family income: $76,316 (22nd lowest)
> Middle class share of Maine income: 47.6% (16th highest)
> Richest 5% share of Maine income: 20.9% (11th lowest)
> Cost of living in Maine: Same as U.S. avg. (16th highest)

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Maryland
> Household income range for middle class: $39,143 – $177,970
> Median family income: $105,679 (3rd highest)
> Middle class share of Maryland income: 47.6% (15th highest)
> Richest 5% share of Maryland income: 21.0% (15th lowest)
> Cost of living in Maryland: 8.4% more expensive than U.S. avg. (6th highest)