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Old 06-06-2010, 10:13 PM
Status: "get me out of the central coast!" (set 20 days ago)
 
Location: Pismo Beach, CA
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When you think of the 7 social classes what do you think of?

upper class 200k+ (politicians, doctors, lawyers, CEOs, etc)
upper middle class 100+ (graduate degree and phD)
middle class 50K+ (bachelors degree)
lower middle class 30K+ (high school diploma and some college)
working class 20K+ (high school diploma and some college)
lower class 10K+ (high school diploma or not, poverty)

i think of yachts, mansions, membership to golf courses, multilpe homes, wifes doing yoga, and married couples shopping at Sak's Fifth Avenue for upper class. I also think of Stein Mart and Gelsons Market.

Upper middle class I think of planned communities and gated communities and new two story homes.

I think of anti-smoking movement, environmentalism, pro-fitness, and shopping at Fresh N Easy Whole foods or Trader Joes for upper middle class to Working Class. I think of families shopping at strip malls and malls. The more wealthy families nearby the more upscale the mall and the more organic food markets around. You can find many organic food markets in small un-incorporated communities, small towns, and suburbs of cities now everywhere. You can find malls in larger towns and in towns with a good amount of upper middle class neighborhoods, and in wealthy parts of cities. Suburbs in large cities and rural and suburban homes in towns.

Lower class I think of section 8 housing, run-down neighborhoods, tenements, urban areas near and in downtowns, higher crime rates, gangs, and teens playing basketball for fun.
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Old 06-06-2010, 10:26 PM
 
Location: New England & The Maritimes
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Not everyone in the upper-middle-class lives in planned communities.

planned communities are slim to none in New England and the upper-middle-class still gets by in older towns.
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Old 06-06-2010, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Sikeston, MO
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Not everyone in the upper-middle-class lives in planned communities.

planned communities are slim to none in New England and the upper-middle-class still gets by in older towns.
That's why the question was "what do you think of", not "where exactly do upper middle class people live".
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Old 06-06-2010, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Central Austin
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I think I'm glad that I don't live in an area where people are so class conscious that they can be pigeon-holed like that.
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Old 06-06-2010, 11:45 PM
 
Location: DC/Brooklyn, NY/Miami, FL
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Lower class I think of section 8 housing, run-down neighborhoods, tenements, urban areas near and in downtowns, higher crime rates, gangs, and teens playing basketball for fun.
Pretty much, some areas are better and some are worse.
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Old 06-06-2010, 11:47 PM
 
Location: DC/Brooklyn, NY/Miami, FL
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I think I'm glad that I don't live in an area where people are so class conscious that they can be pigeon-holed like that.
It's like that a lot in the D.C. area, but its getting better I guess.
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Old 06-07-2010, 06:39 AM
 
Location: West Seattle, WA
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Here's the definitive work on the subject:

Class (John's Book Pages)

Fussell does not tie social classes simply to income, but rather something more complex. For instance, a plumbing contractor might indeed be wealthy, but still of a mindset that positions him in the working classes. If a billionaire's money is taken away in a moment, the mores, attitudes and customs that make him a member of the upper class don't simply go away.
Class-conscious? Like it or not, every society on this planet is. People send off little cues and signals alerting others to their social status every hour of the day.
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Old 06-07-2010, 08:33 AM
 
Location: New York City
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It has more to do with type of job rather than salary. You can make $30K working for a non-profit and have higher status than a mechanic making $60K.
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Old 06-07-2010, 08:35 AM
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Location: Queens, NY
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upper class 200k+ (politicians, doctors, lawyers, CEOs, etc)
where i want to be.
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Old 06-07-2010, 09:24 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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I don't think $200K would be considered upper class in NYC, especially in Manhattan. More like middle class. Even in the DC area, $200K is upper middle class.
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