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Are you middle class?
Map reveals how you need to
take home $67k in Maryland
but just $39k in Mississippi

Daily Mail [UK], by Staff

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Posted By:ketchuplover, 2/17/2013 12:57:03 AM

Middle class in the U.S. can mean something very different depending on where you call your home state. Census bureau numbers show a shocking disparity in the definition of ´middle income´ - with Maryland boasting an average of $67,469 and Mississippi posting an appallingly low $39,078, a difference of $28,391. Debate over the definition of middle class comes after President Obama´s State of the Union address this week. He detailed his plan to get the middle class back on track, mentioning the term a total of 8 times in his speech on Tuesday. ´It is our generation´s task, then, to

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And if median income varies so greatly from state to state, then how can one determine a national poverty level?

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: 4Justice, 2/17/2013 1:24:14 AM     (No. 9180936)

$60K doesn´t buy squat in California anymore...

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Spidey, 2/17/2013 3:53:09 AM     (No. 9180976)

The level of lifestyle a person wants trumps the income level in a lot of cases.There´s plenty of people who make a 100K+ that are just as broke as low incomers.There´s a whole lot of people who have more living space than they need and that additional space eats into their income.If you insist on having a variety of meat with every meal,that costs something.

Maryland´s income level is inflated by all the state and federal workers.Mississippi is a low maintenance state so the government doesn´t spend as much and you have more blue collar type workers.

On paper,when a person pays their car off,that should mean an extra $300 a month of disposable income but how often does that really happen? Maybe they take on new debt in anticipation of paying the car off.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Blackeagle, 2/17/2013 6:08:08 AM     (No. 9181031)

This article is putting the cart before the horse. Being in the middle in those states doesn´t set what is ´´middle class´´ - just what is median income. MS is 40% poor black, MD is probably around 40% federal worker and lobbyists.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: tren9, 2/17/2013 7:58:20 AM     (No. 9181168)

Median income is not the question. It´s about ´rich´ and ´not rich.´ The term ´rich´ is defined as ´he´s got more than me.´

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Reply 5 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 2/17/2013 9:00:38 AM     (No. 9181263)

"Mississippi posted the lowest average at $39,078. Its neighbors in Arkansas ($39,806) and Tennessee ($41,524) also posted income averages that were shockingly low."

"Shockingly low"?

Perhaps that´s because fresh air, tall grass, open spaces, and mountains, friends, family, and good neighbors, all cost less than taxicabs, fancy restaurants, and overweening bureaucrats...

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Susannah, 2/17/2013 9:07:50 AM     (No. 9181273)

Mississippi is hardly low maintenance. It gets back over two dollars from the federal government for every one dollar it pays in federal taxes.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: MickTurn, 2/18/2013 6:58:53 AM     (No. 9182455)

Welcome to Liberal Utopia!

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