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ronderman July 31st, 2015 12:50am

Inspired by a poll I can't remember: If someone has an annual income of 100k, do you consider them Upper Class? If not, how much does someone need to earn annually to be Upper Class?

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packers1 Wisconsin
08/05/15 6:54 pm

Like most people have already mentioned, it really just depends. If you're single and you make 100k plus in rural area, that's probably upper class. However, if you live in a larger urban area where property is more expensive then probably not.

twss trump is a garbage human
08/04/15 8:10 pm

$100k/year is decent money, but not necessarily upper class. Depends on where one lives, how many dependents they have, how much debt/how many obligations, etc. For a single person with little debt and no dependents, it's upper middle class for sure.

08/02/15 3:24 pm

If you consider the amount of taxes on 100k, that hardly puts you in upperclass territory. At least here in NY. You'd need to make 250-300k to really live like the upperclass.

judah323 California
07/31/15 8:05 am

I think that it really depends on where you live.

teppofan Rt. 66 Hackberry, AZ
07/31/15 7:43 am

I think upper class isn't about how much a person makes but how much they can lose and not be effected by it. If you can lose $100,000 and not bat an eye-you're upper class.

leilu SoCal
07/31/15 6:36 am

I'd put it at $400-$500K. It's sad that the government put it at something like $120k.

07/31/15 5:32 am

Family income over $250k/yr (or close to that depending on where you live)

07/31/15 3:47 am

These definitions are very interesting. I'd say it friends in where you live and it's obviously hard to define. $100,000 is not middle class here.

Diogenes FreeMeBe
07/31/15 1:16 am

$500,000/yr gross

Praetorianus Fair enough.
07/30/15 8:58 pm

Upper middle class. $200k for upper class.

gow488 Wisconsin
07/30/15 8:11 pm

Where I live yes but in other places maybe not

RJ1969 SoCal
07/30/15 7:02 pm

No way!

Depending on where you live, $500,000/yr may qualify you.

But keep in mind some people make that every day.

EarlyBird Portland
07/30/15 7:35 pm

That's the figure I was thinking too.

htcbump Florida
07/30/15 8:05 pm

That is about right. Also, few make this every year. At this amount, there is a lot of year to year variability due to investments, bonus, business, etc.

dessy Indiana cornfield
07/30/15 6:45 pm

Middle class ends at like 70k here so yeah, they're a safe upper class to me.

Laserbeam Crazy bird lady
07/30/15 6:01 pm

It depends on where you live. I wouldn't call 100k upper class in LA. Not even close.

Laserbeam Crazy bird lady
07/30/15 6:03 pm

But if you live in BFE where you can get an 8,000 sq ft. house on 10 acres for 200k, bet your ass you're upper class!

cathyro Long Beach,Ca
07/30/15 6:14 pm

I was just going to say that!

Laserbeam Crazy bird lady
08/02/15 3:28 pm

Buttfuck Egypt. Aka the middle of nowhere

08/03/15 6:17 am

We call it Easf Bumble F*** here.

BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
07/30/15 6:00 pm

Growing up I would've said probably, but nowadays, I'm thinking closer to $150K.

HappyLez No Worries... Be Happy
07/30/15 5:58 pm

Hate to say... These days 100k is middle Class
I'd say starting at 400k would be upper

EarlyBird Portland
07/30/15 7:37 pm

Yep, I think 500K

MrLucchese If curious, ask.
07/30/15 5:57 pm

Not in New York. In New York, I'd say at least $350,000/year for lower-upper, $450,000/year for middle-upper, and $550,000+ for upper-upper.
It depends on where they live, how many people are in their household, and a variety of other factors.

RJ1969 SoCal
07/30/15 7:03 pm


08/02/15 3:26 pm

The taxes here are rough.

MrLucchese If curious, ask.
08/02/15 3:27 pm

Indeed, they are.

rons screw politicians
07/30/15 5:56 pm

In NY it's lower middle class

smarttexan More Moderate Than U
07/30/15 5:55 pm

Upper class is 350 plus

07/30/15 6:13 pm

That's the number I think of!

ronderman North Carolina
08/01/15 9:31 am

I agree with that number as well. We are well in excess of 100k, and I wondered if I had 300 in my head because I was over 100k. I expect your "upper class" number increases with your salary.

anniepoops wisco fever
07/30/15 5:53 pm

I usually think that's middle class. My parents income was higher, and I still thought we were middle class.

bluerum29 optimistic idealist
07/30/15 5:51 pm

Individually yes, as a couple that amount is a no

ronderman North Carolina
07/30/15 5:52 pm

Good point. I should have specified household.

jenkp223 Being a mommy
08/01/15 7:54 am

My husband makes almost that much, individually, but I'd still say we're middle class. We can afford a house, two cars, and the occasional vacation. But nothing extravagant.

bluerum29 optimistic idealist
08/01/15 8:13 am

How much do you make on top of his though

jenkp223 Being a mommy
08/01/15 11:58 am

The answer is, not a whole lot. I'm a teacher in Arizona, which is near the bottom in teacher pay.

bluerum29 optimistic idealist
08/01/15 12:24 pm

Preaching to the choir, wife and I are both teachers here