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Old 05-19-05, 12:46 PM
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Time to Turn Up Your Noses! What social class are you? (NYT Feature)

I was reading an article on cross-class marriages (rich marrying poor, etc.) in the Times and came across a really interesting interactive feature where you put in information and it determines what your "class" is -- rather, it ranks you in percentiles across the rest of the country based on four common criteria: occupation, education, income, and wealth.

Interactive Graphic: How Class Works

I found it interesting to see that completing a bachelor's degree puts you in the top fifth of the country as far as education.

Anyway, I don't want to make this a "post your score" kind of thing -- just check it out, it's interesting.
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Old 05-19-05, 12:50 PM
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Hard to believe I am in the 91st percentile in income. Just shows how little the dollar goes in the DC area.
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I don't need to take no stinkin' survey to tell me my social status.


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Old 05-19-05, 12:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Red Dog
Hard to believe I am in the 91st percentile in income. Just shows how little the dollar goes in the DC area.
Tell me about it. I'm over 90th, too, and it sure doesn't feel like it!
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Old 05-19-05, 01:06 PM
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No kidding! I'm in the 93rd. Where's all my money??? But apperntlly being a Massage Therapist puts me at a very low social status. Bastards.
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Just about what I expected. Very high on the first two, but only in the 50th percentile when it comes to pay and wealth.
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Yesssss

Occupation: 70th
Education: 97th
Income: 78th
Wealth: 85th

I'll take it for only being 25.
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I don't see no stinkin' survey!
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Did pretty good on the first three, but man did I bomb on wealth. How come there's no negative option for wealth? Wouldn't most people with student loans and a house payment score poorly on wealth? How do you figure out net worth?
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If you have a house payment you probably have net worth.

Take everything you owe and subtract it from everything you own, even if you don't own it free and clear. That includes your home's equity.

Scorcho. You bastid.
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Originally Posted by niteshade
Did pretty good on the first three, but man did I bomb on wealth. How come there's no negative option for wealth? Wouldn't most people with student loans and a house payment score poorly on wealth? How do you figure out net worth?

I don't know if I'm right, but I went with Real Assets - Debt.
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STUPID!!!!

Occupation - 49th
Education - 91st
Income - 96th
Wealth - 85th


I don't quite believe that. People that have that kind of profile don't drive pickups with tobacco stains out of both windows. (I love you woman!)
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Old 05-19-05, 03:21 PM
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Occupation 69th
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I own my own business, but I didn't see business owner as an option so I just put chief executive. I was a little suprised that chief executives weren't higher up.
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Old 05-19-05, 03:33 PM
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For my average I'm in the 38th percentile.
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Occupation: 75% (I got dinged a bit on occupation since they didn't have my exact position)
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Wealth: 25% (My ~$170,000 in grad school loans tanked me here)
Average: 73%

Overall...that is higher than I expected.

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Old 05-19-05, 03:45 PM
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It definitely is indicative of how education does not necessarily translate into high economic status (at least not immediately), since I have a bachelor's degree but rank:

Occupation: 35th
Income: 38th
Wealth: 55th
Average: 55th

Squarely middle class, and that's only because of the degree (which looks good on the wall but is doing precisely dick to improve my lifestyle...my fault for getting an advertising degree and trying to use it in Oklahoma)--take that out of the equation, and I'm basically a hobo...
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Old 05-19-05, 03:47 PM
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Occupation: 77th
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Income: 93rd
Wealth: 93rd
Avg: 90th

Go figure. In NJ that income/wealth really puts me smack in the middle of the pack.
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Damn my wife got a higher score.
Me:
Occupation: 71th
Education: 97th
Income: 98rd
Wealth: 93rd
Avg: 89th

Her:
Occupation: 80th
Education: 99th
Income: 95rd
Wealth: 93rd
Avg: 92th

Occupation brought me down.

This is about middle-class in Hawaii
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Occupation: 65th (didnt have an exact one for my job)
Education: 91st (all I have is a bachelors)
Income: 96th
Wealth:93rd
Average: 86

Not bad at 31
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Old 05-19-05, 04:37 PM
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so....we are all in the 90th percentile for income, and we all claim to be middle class.
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Old 05-19-05, 04:40 PM
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Middle class? Here? Pfft. Most people just don't realize that making $36k makes you middle class, not $70k.
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Old 05-19-05, 04:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Shazam
Middle class? Here? Pfft. Most people just don't realize that making $36k makes you middle class, not $70k.
In Northern NJ, 70k is about the minimum income you could live on unless Irvington is an option.
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Old 05-19-05, 07:41 PM
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SoSpacey: Somehow, I think people get away on less. You'd be surprised at what some people around you make. These are not the the people that have time to go on the internet to discuss hobbies like DVD buying.

Not complaining at all, and glad I have that opportunity, but some people don't know.

I remember my friend went to Penn and he asked a friend of his what she thought the minimum income was to be considered middle-class. That is, if you yourself make less than that, you are poor.

She said $100,000/y.



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Old 05-19-05, 08:10 PM
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Originally Posted by SoSpacey
In Northern NJ, 70k is about the minimum income you could live on unless Irvington is an option.
If you own a home in NJ, taxes will run about $5K - $10K per year for a $200K home (Folks, that's a starter home now in NJ). If you bought a home recently that's about another $15K minimum for mortgage. That's $20K - $35K just to put a roof over your head. Another $15K more to the Fed, State and SSA. So that leaves you with $25K - $35K for the other necessities of life like cable, phone, internet, food, health insurance, clothes. There's not much left over for savings. So, yes 70K is the bare minimum one could live on in NJ. I don't know how some families do it on that amount or even less.
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