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What is middle class? Income ranges defined for New York and other states

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The definition of middle class income varies significantly across the United States, influenced by location and household earnings. A new report from GOBankingRates, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, has outlined the income ranges considered middle class for all 50 states.


Nationally, the middle class income range for 2022 was between $49,271 and $147,828, based on a median household income of $73,914. New Jersey topped the list with a median income of $96,346, while Mississippi had the lowest at $52,719.

In New York, the median income in 2022 was $79,557, above the national average. Households earning between $54,257 and $162,772 are considered middle class, a 41% increase from a decade ago. Maryland, New Jersey, and Massachusetts are among the states with the highest middle class income ranges, with Maryland’s range spanning $65,641 to $196,922.



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