Here’s how much you have to earn to be considered middle-class in Georgia

Nationally, the median earning for households is $59,039, according to a recent report. But that number shifts from state to state. So what is it for Georgia?

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The household median income for Georgians is $53,559, according to the 2016 American Community Survey, an annual U.S. Census Bureau study that examines economic data among Americans.

The figure is the 20th lowest among the rest of the states and Washington D.C., but it’s an increase from last year when it was $51,244.

This shift means that the middle class income range for The Peach State was $35,885 to $107,120 in 2016.

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Why is the gap so wide?

Pew defines middle class as those who earn between 67 and 200 percent of the median income, and for Americans, overall, that was between $39,560 to $118,080 in 2016.

As for lower-income citizens, they take home less than 67 percent of the median, and upper-income families pocket earnings that are more than double the median.

Overall, the national median household income of $59,039 saw a 3.2 percent increase from the previous year, and it's the highest it's ever been.

Want to know the statistics for all 50 states? Take a look at the map of findings below, which shows the minimum household income required to be middle class.

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