How you define "middle-income" Americans might depend on where you view your own household income in relationship to others.
On Friday, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney defined it as income of $200,000 to $250,000 a year and less. And President Barack Obama, the Democratic candidate, has set his definition for “middle class” as families with income of up to $250,000 a year.
But are their viewpoints accurate and in touch with the way the average American views the middle class?
The federal Census Bureau reported this week that the median household income — the midpoint for the nation — is just over $50,000. Pennsylvania ranks 37th out of the 50 states with a median household income of $50,087.
The Tax Policy Center placed the median household at about $42,000 in cash income in 2011. Households earning $250,000 fall somewhere just above the 96th percentile for all incomes in America.
To put the numbers in perspective, the official poverty line was an annual income of $23,050 for a family of four in 2012, according to the federal Department of Health and Human Services.
So, how would you define the middle class in America? Take our poll and, if you choose, tell us why you think so in the comment section below.