Most Montanans Would Be Considered Lower Middle Class Today

Being middle class was at one point considered having "made it" in America.

Today, the amount of money needed to be considered middle class is probably more than you realize.

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First off, let's talk about what it means to be middle class or middle income and how it's calculated.

When it comes to being in the middle class bracket, you need to be making at least two-thirds to double the U.S. median household income.

Because of cost of living expenses and average incomes being different from one state to another, being middle class in Montana is far different than in New Hampshire.


A street sign that says "middle class"

It Takes More Money Today To Be Considered Middle Class

The website GoBankingRates took a look at the Pew Research Centers definition of being middle class then analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and were able to figure out how much it would take to be middle class for all two, three and four person households.

As for Montana here are the statistics on much your salary would need to be to make the middle class:

  • 2-person family middle-class income range: $43,244 to $129,086
  • 3-person family middle-class income range: $50,063 to $149,442
  • 4-person family middle-class income range: $58,586 to $174,884

I have a feeling the majority of Montanans might be on the lower side of those income ranges, since we regularly rank at the bottom of the list when it comes to salaries in America.

However, there is a bit of good news when it comes to being middle class in America, as Montana is one of the easiest states to reach that status.

Check out Montana's ranking the gallery below .👇

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GoBankingRates looked at income, housing and education to find the states where you have the best chance at being considered middle class.

Gallery Credit: Nick Northern

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