Sixty-two percent of Americans identify as middle class, but what that means can vary widely by geographic location — for example, $100,000 goes a lot further in Lee County, Kentucky than in San Francisco County, California.

Enter your income and location below to see how you stack up to others in your area, or read the full story for a more in-depth explanation of what it means to be middle class in America.

If you make $
a year in,your income falls .

Note: Middle class is defined as falling between the 30th and 80th income percentiles. Income is calculated as household income using the average U.S. household size (2.5 people).

Source: American Community Survey, Annual household income 5-year estimates, 2011-2015

About this calculator

Data from the American Community Survey 5-year estimates of household income, 2011-2015. The "middle class" is calculated as the 30th through 80th percentiles of households in the selected county, by income.

"Lowest-income counties" include counties in the bottom ten percent for median income. "Highest-income counties" include counties in the 90th percentile and above for median income.


Ted Mellnik contributed to this report.

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