What Counts as “Middle Class” in Baltimore?

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As we’ve previously noted, Baltimore makes it on to lists of both the richest and poorest cities in America. So where does that leave the middle?

It turns out that “middle class” means many different things in various American cities. In Detroit, the median annual family income is $30,000; in San Jose, it’s a whopping $103,000, according to an NPR analysis. Ouch. Other surprises: While New York and LA may be the favorite stomping grounds of the mega-rich, the analysis seems to show that the middle class still has a robust presence in both cities–more so than in Seattle or San Francisco, at least.

In Baltimore, the median income is a nice, even $50,000– significantly below the national median family income, which is $64,000.

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