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How do you define upper class (financially)?

This is a spin off of the how do you define poor question. The responses were interesting.

How much "stuff" makes you think someone has money? Do you consider their debt load?

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:39 AM on Jan. 29, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

Answers (12)
  • they usually have sticks hanging out their asses

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:40 AM on Jan. 29, 2009

  • Awww, is somebody feeling jealous?

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:43 AM on Jan. 29, 2009

  • I would say upper class is being able to actually afford certain luxury items. Not living check to check, having a healthy savings, retirement account, owning a large home (McMansion), possibly owning a vacation home, being a member at exclusive social clubs, having a high paying profession which yields a high income--say over $250,000 a year (which varies GREATLY depending on where in the country you live!), etc.

    Basically not worrying about making ends meet. Mind you that I said ACTUALLY being able to AFFORD--not going in to major debt trying to keep up with the Jones'!

    BUT, as we all CAN'T buy class!!!

    Answer by LoriKeet at 10:55 AM on Jan. 29, 2009

  • Someone who doesn't have to live pay to pay just to survive. Someone who has a nice home and nice cars, able to eat at fancy restaurants all the time, able to take vacations every year, able to risk losing $$ in stocks, able to provide funds for a good college education to their kids.

    Answer by TeensMom07 at 10:55 AM on Jan. 29, 2009

  • BUT, as we all CAN'T buy class!!!

    Thats for d*&^ sure as many moms on these threads have made very clear!!

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:57 AM on Jan. 29, 2009

  • Just as my answer for "poor", this term is relative.
    My opinion would be, People who live a higher socioeconomic class, are in a higher tax bracket.

    However, with Obama and Democrats the number seems to lower by the minute ;oP

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:58 AM on Jan. 29, 2009

  • btw, this is a good article I had bookmarked from the campaign days.

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 11:03 AM on Jan. 29, 2009

  • You know I know somebody who makes 85,000 a year and is still living paycheck to paycheck. I myself make less than 20,000 a year and do not live paycheck to paycheck. The only government assistance I get is medicaid. only because im pregnant. BY the way the person I am speaking of lives in my neighborhood so the cost of living is about the sae. but when you start out spending more thn you get in and then get a pay raise you spend even more because you have ore money and it only gets worse.
    I dont think it has anything to do with living paycheck to paycheck its how much you actually make.

    Answer by lady-J-Rock at 11:07 AM on Jan. 29, 2009

  • I believe that the IRS defines wealthy as someone that makes more than $150,000 single file, and $200,000 joint.

    Answer by Fiveofakind2 at 11:08 AM on Jan. 29, 2009

  • my own pov is those who can afford anything/everything they want (w/o debt), can buy cars w/ cash, can put their kids thru college w/o any loans/scholarships, and could lose their job w/o worry cause they have plenty saved up/invested.

    these kinda ppl dont always live as well as you'd think. both my grandparens & great-grandfather are upper class. but you'd never know it b/c they live WAY under their means. they have TONS of money & could do all the things i listed, but they don't let ppl know they are rich...i guess its that depression era spirit.

    Answer by okmanders at 12:33 PM on Jan. 29, 2009

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