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As an aside, I wonder how many people in the top 20% consider themselves "middle class"? It appears that the upper quintile starts at a household income of 88K.

I used to have a co-worker that grew up as "poor". He used to claim all he really wanted was to be upper middle-class. Once, having recently seen a tax table demographic on Minnesota resident revenues, I told him he was above the 95% income level of all Minnesotans. He wasn't happy to hear that.

For him, joining the army was the mode of his mobility. But he was also an intelligent, disciplined, and hard-working guy.
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