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Are you middle class? This calculator aims to tell you

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 9/11/2018 Ashley May

Americans can calculate whether they are lower, middle or upper class by using the Pew Research Center’s updated calculator.

The interactive tool asks for state, metropolitan area, household income before taxes, and number of people within a household to determine people’s “income tier.” Pew uses government data as recent as 2016 to calculate results.

A couple with a household income of $100,000 in New York is considered middle class, whereas a couple making the same amount in El Paso, Texas, is considered in the upper income tier.

Users also can compare themselves with other Americans by selecting level of education, age, race/ethnicity and martial status. 

Pew’s calculator was released the same day the nonpartisan center published an analysis suggesting middle-class households are falling farther behind the wealthy. The analysis of government data found that roughly half (52 percent) of American adults lived in middle-class households in 2016. Based on Pew's previous studies, the size of America's middle class has been shrinking since 1971.

Find the calculator here.

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