Are you in the middle class?

  • Article by: Jim Spencer and Jamie Hutt
  • Updated: March 3, 2012 - 8:42 PM

Demographers say the description "middle class" is as much perception as science. We classify ourselves based on aspirations as well as income. Please complete our survey to see how you compare with other readers in defining the middle class.

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melonicityMar. 3, 1210:13 PM

Wow - these results make no sense to me. Based on the results of 78 people @ 10:00 PM on Sat. night, more than half of people surveyed stated they have had no change in income, have cut spending, will have to work past 65 to maintain their lifestyle, feel less optimistic about their financial future and yet they still answered that they will be better off than their parents and believe the situation is due to personal choices. If your income has stayed the same and you have cut spending, but everything around you continues to go up in price, how can this only be due to personal choices? Clearly others wield much more control than I do!

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allhailfsmMar. 4, 12 8:59 AM

Lazy, Lame journalism. Couldn't the writer compare the survey results with some ACTUAL FACTS? Like actual median household income, poverty level, number of people in each income level etc?

Jim and Jamie: Performance rating: Below expectations. Needs improvement. No raise for you.

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mattstegMar. 4, 12 1:59 PM

melonicity: not quote my profile, but I'll take a stab at explaining the results when you took it. Income stagnated - no real gain or loss, but people have become more reluctant (or less able in some cases) to spend on credit, so spending is down. They feel less positive than previously, and anticipate working a long time. Based on the rough statistics given, they've outperformed the median family by a fair bit by maintaining income, and attribute that to personal choices.

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