X

Are you middle class? This calculator will help you figure it out

Credit: AJC

Here's what an 'average' house looks like in Georgia According to a recent Trulia roundup, the average house in Georgia has a great deal of amenities. Trulia bases its "average" house in list off of the median list price in each state, which is $265,000 in Georgia. For that price point, you can buy a home like this 2,244-square-foot house with three bedrooms and two baths in Marietta. It features granite counters in its kitchen, a spacious living room and a charming sunroom.

Credit: AJC

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

The interactive 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 the same couple making the same amount in El Paso, Texas, is in the upper income tier.

» Here's what an 'average' house looks like in Georgia

Explore» This is the salary you must earn to buy an ‘average’ house in Atlanta 

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

Pew's calculator was released the same day the nonpartisan fact tank 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 on the Fact Tank section of Pew's website.

» Rich Atlanta communities pull far ahead of the rest, report says 

» This is the poorest town in Georgia, income inequality analysis finds