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Here's how much money middle-class families earn in every US state

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Here's how much middle-class families make in different states

The definition of "middle class " is complex. After all, class can be defined by many things: income, net worth, education and occupation, for example.

Nonetheless, Pew Research Center took a stab at defining class in a 2016 report, noting that "the income it takes to be middle-income varies by household size, with smaller households requiring less to support the same lifestyle as larger households." By its definition, a household of three would have to earn between $42,000 and $125,000 to qualify as middle-class.

In addition to breaking down the national middle-income range for various household sizes, Pew highlighted the median income of middle-class families by state, scaled to reflect a three-person household. Incomes are also adjusted for the cost of living in each state.

Here is Pew's full breakdown of how much money three-person middle class families earn in every U.S. state.

ALABAMA

Median household income of middle-class families: $71,781

Birmingham, Alabama.
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ALASKA

Median household income of middle-class families: $80,230

Anchorage, Alaska
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ARIZONA

Median household income of middle-class families: $71,895

Tucson, Arizona
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ARKANSAS

Median household income of middle-class families: $71,245

Hot Springs, Arkansas
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CALIFORNIA

Median household income of middle-class families: $73,197

Suburbs of San Diego, Calif.
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COLORADO

Median household income of middle-class families: $74,364

Boulder, Colorado
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CONNECTICUT

Median household income of middle-class families: $78,262

Homes in Connecticut
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DELAWARE

Median household income of middle-class families: $73,450

Wilmington, Delaware.
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WASHINGTON, D.C.

Median household income of middle-class families: $76,999

Washington, DC
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FLORIDA

Median household income of middle-class families: $70,124

Key West, Florida
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GEORGIA

Median household income of middle-class families: $72,845

Macon, Georgia
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HAWAII

Median household income of middle-class families: $74,529

Honolulu, Hawaii
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IDAHO

Median household income of middle-class families: $70,476

Boise, Idaho
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ILLINOIS

Median household income of middle-class families: $74,257

Chicago, Illinois
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INDIANA

Median household income of middle-class families: $72,352

Downtown Indianapolis
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IOWA

Median household income of middle-class families: $75,953

West Des Moines, Iowa
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KANSAS

Median household income of middle-class families: $73,250

Wichita, Kansas
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KENTUCKY

Median household income of middle-class families: $71,926

Prospect is outside of Louisville, Kentucky
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LOUISIANA

Median household income of middle-class families: $72,928

French quarter, New Orleans
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MAINE

Median household income of middle-class families: $71,454

Portland, Maine
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MARYLAND

Median household income of middle-class families: $77,416

A homeowner trims her yard in the Kenwood Park neighborhood of Bethesda, Md.
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MASSACHUSETTS

Median household income of middle-class families: $77,965

Boston, Massachusetts
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MICHIGAN

Median household income of middle-class families: $73,248

Detroit, Michigan
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MINNESOTA

Median household income of middle-class families: $76,310

An early morning jog around Lake Calhoun, Minneapolis/St. Paul Minnesota.
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MISSISSIPPI

Median household income of middle-class families: $71,391

Vicksburg, Mississippi
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MISSOURI

Median household income of middle-class families: $72,646

Kansas City, Missouri
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MONTANA

Median household income of middle-class families: $70,813

Helena, Montana
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NEBRASKA

Median household income of middle-class families: $74,432

Lincoln, Nebraska
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NEVADA

Median household income of middle-class families: $71,589

Las Vegas, Nevada
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NEW HAMPSHIRE

Median household income of middle-class families: $75,647

Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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NEW JERSEY

Median household income of middle-class families: $75,768

Pedestrians walk along the Hudson River waterfront in Jersey City, New Jersey.
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NEW MEXICO

Median household income of middle-class families: $71,680

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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NEW YORK

Median household income of middle-class families: $73,227

Sunset over New York skyline, on the subway overground train station.
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NORTH CAROLINA

Median household income of middle-class families: $72,342

Raleigh, North Carolina
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NORTH DAKOTA

Median household income of middle-class families: $75,801

Newly built apartments and condos for oil field workers on the edge of Watford City, North Dakota.
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OHIO

Median household income of middle-class families: $73,458

OKLAHOMA

Median household income of middle-class families: $72,249

OREGON

Median household income of middle-class families: $71,971

PENNSYLVANIA

Median household income of middle-class families: $73,659

RHODE ISLAND

Median household income of middle-class families: $74,908

SOUTH CAROLINA

Median household income of middle-class families: $72,752

SOUTH DAKOTA

Median household income of middle-class families: $77,176

TENNESSEE

Median household income of middle-class families: $71,744

TEXAS

Median household income of middle-class families: $72,542

UTAH

Median household income of middle-class families: $71,367

VERMONT

Median household income of middle-class families: $75,540

VIRGINIA

Median household income of middle-class families: $74,999

WASHINGTON

Median household income of middle-class families: $74,183

WEST VIRGINIA

Median household income of middle-class families: $70,838

WISCONSIN

Median household income of middle-class families: $74,577

WYOMING

Median household income of middle-class families: $75,811

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