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What Income Level Is Considered Middle Class in Your State?

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What is considered middle class? It might take more money than you think to reach this income tier. The Pew Research Center defines middle class, or middle-income households, as those with incomes that are two-thirds to double the U.S. median household income.

However, because the cost of living and average income varies so widely from state to state, the income needed to be “middle class” in one state could be much more or less than what it takes to be middle class in another. Using Pew’s definition of middle class, GOBankingRates analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018 American Community Survey to determine how much two-, three- and four-person families need to earn in every state to qualify for this classification.

Find out the state’s where it’s easiest to be middle class.

Last updated: October 1, 2020

50. Alabama

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $37,172.94 to $110,964

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $42,604.63 to $127,178

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $52,438.89 to $156,534

49. Alaska

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $56,330.92 to $168,152

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $60,428.64 to $180,384

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $69,665.26 to $207,956

48. Arizona

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $42,284.37 to $126,222

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $45,197.53 to $134,918

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $53,119.61 to $158,566

47. Arkansas

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $35,087.23 to $104,738

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $38,855.31 to $115,986

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $46,507.38 to $138,828

46. California

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $50,117.34 to $149,604

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $54,870.99 to $163,794

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $62,647.68 to $187,008

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45. Colorado

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $51,695.19 to $154,314

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $57,772.76 to $172,456

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $67,509.20 to $201,520

44. Connecticut

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $56,695.40 to $169,240

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $66,263 to $197,800

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $80,839.52 to $241,312

43. Delaware

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $47,450.07 to $141,642

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $55,792.91 to $166,546

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $67,502.50 to $201,500

42. Florida

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $39,789.96 to $118,776

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $43,393.89 to $129,534

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $51,789.66 to $154,596

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41. Georgia

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $40,845.21 to $121,926

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $46,002.20 to $137,320

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $53,740.03 to $160,418

40. Hawaii

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $51,397.71 to $153,426

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $61,821.57 to $184,542

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $69,842.14 to $208,484

39. Idaho

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $39,885.10 to $119,060

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $43,232.42 to $129,052

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $50,060.39 to $149,434

38. Illinois

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $47,116.41 to $140,646

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $54,310.87 to $162,122

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $65,412.77 to $195,262

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37. Indiana

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $40,695.80 to $121,480

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $47,411.21 to $141,526

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $55,750.03 to $166,418

 

 

36. Iowa

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $44,792.18 to $133,708

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $51,367.56 to $153,336

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $61,254.08 to $182,848

35. Kansas

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $44,103.42 to $131,652

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $50,075.80 to $149,480

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $58,316.13 to $174,078

34. Kentucky

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $36,106.97 to $107,782

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $42,429.09 to $126,654

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $52,059 to $155,400

33. Louisiana

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $36,315.34 to $108,404

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $42,047.19 to $125,514

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $53,242.89 to $158,934

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32. Maine

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $42,119.55 to $125,730

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $50,917.32 to $151,992

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $60,412.56 to $180,336

31. Maryland

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $58,147.96 to $173,576

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $68,045.87 to $203,122

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $80,429.48 to $240,088

30. Massachusetts

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $54,438.17 to $162,502

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $68,368.81 to $204,086

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $83,974.45 to $250,670

29. Michigan

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $41,073.68 to $122,608

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $49,233.61 to $146,966

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $60,088.28 to $179,368

 

 

28. Minnesota

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $50,252.01 to $150,006

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $60,824.61 to $181,566

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $72,837.71 to $217,426

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27. Mississippi

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $33,585.09 to $100,254

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $36,874.79 to $110,074

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $44,646.79 to $133,274

26. Missouri

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $40,137.02 to $119,812

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $47,224.28 to $140,968

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $56,973.45 to $170,070

25. Montana

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $41,358.43 to $123,458

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $47,905.67 to $143,002

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $57,155.02 to $170,612

24. Nebraska

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $45,617.62 to $136,172

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $51,282.47 to $153,082

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $60,474.87 to $180,522

23. Nevada

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $42,436.46 to $126,676

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $46,585.10 to $139,060

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $52,754.46 to $157,476

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22. New Hampshire

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $51,969.89 to $155,134

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $63,278.82 to $188,892

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $77,816.48 to $232,288

21. New Jersey

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $54,144.71 to $161,626

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $67,765.81 to $202,286

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $82,698.10 to $246,860

20. New Mexico

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $38,553.14 to $115,084

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $38,622.15 to $115,290

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $43,667.92 to $130,352

19. New York

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $46,597.83 to $139,098

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $55,155.74 to $164,644

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $67,252.59 to $200,754

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18. North Carolina

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $39,766.51 to $118,706

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $44,938.24 to $134,144

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $54,094.46 to $161,476

17. North Dakota

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $50,524.70 to $150,820

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $56,369.11 to $168,266

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $67,521.93 to $201,558

16. Ohio

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $41,263.96 to $123,176

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $48,556.91 to $144,946

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $58,955.98 to $175,988

15. Oklahoma

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $39,604.37 to $118,222

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $43,061.57 to $128,542

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $49,231.60 to $146,960

14. Oregon

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $44,341.27 to $132,362

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $50,984.32 to $152,192

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $59,710.40 to $178,240

13. Pennsylvania

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $43,328.90 to $129,340

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $53,888.10 to $160,860

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $64,841.26 to $193,556

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12. Rhode Island

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $48,213.20 to $143,920

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $55,043.85 to $164,310

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $69,286.71 to $206,826

11. South Carolina

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $39,337.04 to $117,424

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $42,692.40 to $127,440

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $51,590 to $154,000

10. South Dakota

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $44,333.90 to $132,340

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $49,529.08 to $147,848

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $57,928.87 to $172,922

9. Tennessee

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $38,167.22 to $113,932

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $43,790.53 to $130,718

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $51,220.83 to $152,898

8. Texas

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $43,321.53 to $129,318

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $47,581.39 to $142,034

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $54,994.94 to $164,164

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7. Utah

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $44,442.44 to $132,664

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $51,330.71 to $153,226

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $57,409.62 to $171,372

6. Vermont

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $46,184.44 to $137,864

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $54,231.14 to $161,884

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $63,166.26 to $188,556

5. Virginia

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $51,174.60 to $152,760

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $59,441.06 to $177,436

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $70,116.84 to $209,304

4. Washington

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $51,331.38 to $153,228

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $58,312.78 to $174,068

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $68,185.23 to $203,538

3. West Virginia

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $34,203.50 to $102,100

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $41,735.64 to $124,584

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $49,760.90 to $148,540

2. Wisconsin

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $44,306.43 to $132,258

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $53,190.63 to $158,778

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $64,167.91 to $191,546

1. Wyoming

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $47,764.30 to $142,580

  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $53,187.95 to $158,770

  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $61,159.61 to $182,566

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Cynthia Measom contributed to the reporting of this article.

 

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