About 20% of Americans are upper income, according to Pew Research Center. You might call them “rich.”
This group of earners makes at least two times more than the national median household income: $59,039 in 2016, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 American Community Survey, an annual survey that measures various economic, social, and housing data among US residents.
At double the median household income, the threshold to be considered upper income is $118,080 nationally, but that figure is different when broken down by the state level.
For instance, a person earning $83,510 in Mississippi is considered upper income in the state, while a New Yorker would need to make $125,820 to be considered rich.
To be clear, upper income isn’t synonymous with the 1%, at least at the national level. In 2016, the top 1% of Americans earned $389,436 pre-tax, more than twice what it takes to be upper income. Let’s call them “super rich.”
Scroll through the map to find out how much money you need to earn to be upper income in every US state, based on the latest Census figures.
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