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Old 03-19-2014, 10:17 PM
 
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These are the quintessential lifestyles of Americans based on class. Of course there is lots of variation in lifestyles but this is just the typical patterns of those of each class. Yes, there is definitely usually some overlap between the categories.

***UPPER CLASS***:

Typical Homes:



http://ww3.hdnux.com/photos/15/70/44.../3/628x471.jpg
http://cdn.freshome.com/wp-content/u...nthouse-14.jpg
http://www.theempressofdress.com/wp-...aesthetics.jpg

Typical Cars:


http://media.treehugger.com/assets/i...rs-collage.jpg
http://i2.cdn.turner.com/money/dam/a...cars-620xa.jpg

Typical Household Income ranges:
$200,000 and above (most places)
$275,000 and above (expensive regions)

Most Typical Educational Attainments:
- Graduate Degree
- Bachelors Degree

Notes:
- Wealth usually passed down
- Extremely high job security
- Much more insulated from effects of recession than other groups
- Children attend top notch schools
- Children go off to top universities and/or expensive private schools
- Vacations extremely common
- Very literate in investments
- Old money doesn't splurge on cars; new money oftentime does



*** UPPER MIDDLE CLASS***:

Typical Homes:



http://www.city-data.com/forum/attac...s-dscf0497.jpg
http://www.metropolitiques.eu/IMG/jp...e-Devisme2.jpg
http://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstr...5/detroit5.jpg

Typical Cars:


http://file.kelleybluebookimages.com...89_320x240.jpg
http://www.autospies.com/images/user...55ccbf2d_1.jpg

Typical Household Income Ranges:
$100,000-$200,000 (most places)
$150,000-$275,000 (expensive regions)

Most Typical Educational Attainments:
- Graduate Degree
- Bachelors Degree

Notes:
- Children attend good&top notch schools
- Vacations very common
- Family very familiar and active with investments
- High job security
- Skilled labor



***SOLIDLY MIDDLE CLASS***:

Typical Homes:



http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb2...ighborhood.jpg
http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/...ticleLarge.jpg
http://myluxurycondosboston.com/wp-c...harlestown.jpg

Typical Cars:



http://imganuncios.mitula.net/2010_h...1899470913.jpg
http://0.tqn.com/d/suvs/1/5/M/S/-/-/Front3q.jpg
http://www.nairaland.com/attachments...0768a031a95cff

Typical Household Income Ranges:
$70,000-$100,000 (most places)
$90,000-$150,000 (expensive regions)

Most Typical Educational Attainments:
- Bachelors Degree
- Graduate Degree

Notes:
- Live fairly comfortable life
- Can live at least a year w/o working
- Children attend good or alright schools
- Vacations fairly common
- May have some investments other than real estate
- Decent job security
- Health insurance



***LOWER MIDDLE CLASS***

Typical Homes:



http://imgc.allpostersimages.com/ima...ryland-usa.jpg
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4016/...f4a1daa5_o.jpg
http://ad009cdnb.archdaily.net/wp-co...02-530x347.jpg

Typical Cars:

http://thenewswheel.com/wp-content/u...08/Kiacars.jpg

Typical Household Income Ranges:
$45,000-$70,000 (most places)
$60,000-$90,000 (expensive regions)

Most Typical Educational Attainments:
- Some College
- Associate Degree
- High School Grad

Notes:
- Similar to working class but with more security
- Enjoys occasional luxuries but still occasionally struggles
- Vacations are rarely overseas
- Children usually attend "alright" schools



***WORKING CLASS***:

Typical Homes:



http://propimages.apartments.com/102...1/BL010132.JPG
http://thumbs.trulia-cdn.com/picture...e-NJ-07018.jpg
http://www.thetinylife.com/wp-conten...30wczo-600.jpg

Typical Cars:

http://www.inkingrey.com/uploads/ima...arsdealers.jpg

Typical Household Income Ranges:
$18,000-$45,000 (most places)
$30,000-$60,000 (expensive regions)

Most Common Educational Attainments:
- High School Grad
- Some College

Notes:
- Workers do low-skilled, low wage and low-security work
- Single parent homes common
- Children attend lower performing schools
- Vacations very rare
- Very little savings
- Live paycheck to paycheck



***LOWER INCOME***-

Typical Homes:




https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/i...h2nO5DvoVhSinw
http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/..._stapleton.jpg
http://d2idb324pzigdf.cloudfront.net...2e/432x324.jpg
http://wibiti.com/images/hpmain/288/277288.jpg

Typical Cars:


http://www.southernhoopty.com/images...hoodhoopty.jpg
http://media.urbandictionary.com/ima...ptie-13259.jpg

Typical Household Income Ranges:
Under $18,000/yr (most places)
Under $30,000/yr (expensive regions)

Most Typical Educational Attainments:
- High School Dropout
- High School Grad

Notes:
- Children generally attend low-performing schools
- Prone to obesity/high fast food consumption
- Tend to be higher crime areas
- Single parent households extremely common
- No vacation
- No health insurance
- Prone to having children young
- Having no car is common
- Usage of govt programs common

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Old 03-20-2014, 01:06 PM
 
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
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In my country, rich people lives here:


Typical working class houses - today, mostly inhabited by elder people:


On average, people live in terraced houses with two floors and a garage with a gate in front, like these:


These are social appartment buildings for low income peoples:


And those who are extremely poor live in small brick boxes alongside narrow streets, like these:

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Old 03-20-2014, 02:12 PM
 
Location: USA
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That's a pretty good breakdown OP, as an American, I pretty much agree with your breakdown. I may say some of your income numbers are a bit off in my opinion, but overall pretty good assessment.
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Old 03-20-2014, 04:19 PM
 
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
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I'm felling now poor when look to these houses in USA... the working class of USA appears to live better than the middle class in Brazil...
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Old 03-20-2014, 05:10 PM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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We are solidly middle class.
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Old 03-20-2014, 10:09 PM
 
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
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Some data about the lifestyle of the families in Brazil:

The upper class is composed mostly by owners of large companies and high executives. They have the same standard of living of an average rich american or european. They travel a lot and their children often study abroad. They also spend a lot of money in luxury goods and live in condominiums featuring services of five stars hotels, or in suburbs with restricted access.

Upper-middle class is composed mostly by post-graduated professionals. Most of people of upper-middle class live in apartment buildings in the largest cities, although living in houses is not uncommon. They also can pay for improved healthcare and, if most of them have no luxury goods, have very comfortable standard of living.

The average working-class brazilian live in simple houses, often in neighbourhoods with little green area and use mostly public transportation, although they have cars and use them in the weekends. They also can pay for improved healthcare and sometimes the children study in private schools. And they seldom travel abroad, most of their tourism is for national destinations.

The lower-middle class would be considered poor in every developed country. Most have not even finished the high school and use only public services of education and healthcare. They are also more subject to the urban violence and many of them have only dial-up access to Internet, or access the Internet in the so-called Lan Houses or public libraries. Most of them have TVs with CRT screens and purchase a lot of 'shanzai' goods.

The poorest people live in the so-called 'favelas'. Although they don't suffer famine and most have access to sewage, electricity and clean water (differently of the slums of Africa and southern Asia), they are very exposed to the urban violence and drug trafficking. Many of them work selling low-value goods and food in the suburb trains and the streets of the city centre, or with works which don't request scholarship, like rubbish collection, assistant mason, and personal surveillance.
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Old 03-21-2014, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Russia, Kaliningrad
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low, midddle class (imho about 70% of population)
10-50 y/o houses 0-2 tiny bedrooms ($40k-$80k), or small private house far far away (sometimes w/o gas or/and electricity but with toilet on the backyard
used 10-30 y/o cars $2k-$15k
Income Ranges $/y:
$1,800-$12,000 (most places)
$8,000-$24,000 (expensive regions)
Spoiler




Upper middle class (20%)
0-10 y/o houses, 0-2 avg bedrooms ($70k-$120k) or avg private house near town border
New cars $10k-$40k
Income Ranges $/y:
$12,000-$30,000 (most places)
$25,000-$60,000 (expensive regions)
Spoiler





Upper class (10%)
0-10 y/o houses, 2-6 huge bedrooms ($200k-∞), private house close to city center (many prefers villa in Spain)
new cars $60k -bentley
Income Ranges $/y:
$80,000- ∞(most places)
$160,000- ∞(expensive regions)
Spoiler





I wish we had Brazil climate here
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Old 03-21-2014, 01:28 PM
 
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im not going to provide the kind of comprehensive detail the OP has but suffice to say the gap between the top and bottom is much narrower in my country , that's a fact , im not saying it means Ireland is any better than the usa , welfare is far too unconditional in this country and this especially benefits the elderly who in the main are completely spoiled by the government ( due to their voting power )
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Old 03-23-2014, 04:45 PM
 
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Originally Posted by Fabio SBA View Post
I'm felling now poor when look to these houses in USA... the working class of USA appears to live better than the middle class in Brazil...
Don't be fooled by those pictures. Not all working class live in nice places like those pictures. It depends on the cost of living in the state. California and New York are very expensive so the living conditions are not that glamorous if you don't make a decent amount of $.
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Old 03-23-2014, 10:35 PM
 
Location: NYC/D.C.
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Pretty good breakdown of america
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