Pew defines “middle class” as households earning 67%-200% of a state’s median income, so we calculated out exactly what that meant for every state.
Why not take it a step further and break it down by city? Using the median household income numbers from the US Census Bureau’s 2013 American Community Survey, which Pew used in its analysis, we calculated the income range for the middle class in the 50 largest US metropolitan statistical areas according to Pew’s definition.
Below, they’re listed in order of 2013 metro area population, according to American Community Survey estimates:
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