“Middle class” is a tricky concept. Depending on where you live, you can feel middle class earning as much as $US250,000 a year — about five times the US median income of $US52,250 from the same time period.
In this analysis, Pew defined middle class households as those earning 67%-200% of a state’s median income. So … how much is that?
Below, we took the median income numbers from the US Census Bureau’s 2013 American Community Survey that Pew used in their analysis, listed in the leftmost column. Then, we did the maths to figure out how much middle-class earners make in each state, based on Pew’s definition above. The states are listed in descending order based on median income.