5 hours ago
Friday, December 01, 2017
On another blog, I saw a naive blogger making the claim that $160,000/year was "middle-class," and that she didn't understand this claim that "people like her" weren't middle class. After all, her family only took a few "very modest" vacations* a year, and only ate out a few times a week. The claim, she said, that people making $40,000/year were middle class had to be nonsense. That was abject poverty! (For the record, up until a few years ago, I made just over $50,000/year. Since I became a full professor I make somewhat more than that.)
So I'm sharing this link, which gives the range considered middle-class in each state. And yeah, someone making $160,000/year is not middle-class, not anywhere in this country, in case you were confused. (Apparently a lot of rich people are confused, which is one problem with America. "But we're just middle class!" they cry, no matter how much money they have. "We can barely struggle by with our two million a year!")
Though I do agree, for what it's worth, that trying to raise a kid on $40,000 a year means something close to abject poverty. But half the people in the town I live in are raising kids on less than that. So, you know, I'm not spending a lot of time worrying about someone making four times that much, who can only afford a few "modest" vacations a year.
*Like most people who are actually middle-class, my family has taken one vacation in the past decade. We couldn't really even afford that one. And boy, was it modest. We drove to Kansas City, five hours away, stayed overnight in a hotel, and visited a free museum.