Middle class

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The Middle class is a social class - a "class of people intermediate between the classes of higher (upper class or aristocracy) and lower social rank or standing (working class); the social, economic, cultural class, having approximately average status, income, education, tastes, and the like. It is the the class traditionally intermediate between the aristocratic class and the laboring class."[1]

[mid-l-klas, -klahs] -- of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the middle class; bourgeois: Origin: 1890-95. "Middle class" as a term first appeared in a 1745 pamphlet by James Bradshaw called "Scheme to prevent running Irish Wools to France."[2]

Points about the Middle Class:

  • The Middle class is America's (and indeed the Western World's) largest socioeconomic group
  • The median, or middle, household income in the United States today is $50,054 as of early 2013.
  • Popular vision of middle class is rooted in 1950s, when a generation found solid jobs, bought houses in the suburbs and took modest family vacations.[3]

The Republican McCain-Palin campaign applied "Joe the Plumber" as a metaphor for middle class Americans.

See also


  1. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Middle%20Class
  2. James Bradshaw (1745). A scheme to prevent the running of Irish wools to France: and Irish woollen goods to foreign countries. By prohibiting the importation of Spanish wools into Ireland, ... Humbly offered to the consideration of Parliament. By a Merchant of London. printed for J. Smith, and G. Faulkner. pp. 4–5. https://books.google.com/books?id=AJdbAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA4 Retrieved 2 December 2014
  3. https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/04/14/middle-class-hard-define/2080565 Middle class a matter of income, attitude Dan Horn, The Cincinnati Enquirer April 14, 2013

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