It turns out, some states are more suitable for people in the middle class than others, according to a new report.
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According to the report, the middle class is defined as “households that earn approximately two-thirds to two times the median national income.”
In 2018, that income level made up about 52% of the U.S. adult population, according to the Pew Research Center using the most recent data available
The middle class is also struggling with a decrease in wages and increases in consumer goods and housing, according to SmartAsset. However, some of those burdens are lighter, depending on where you live.
For its report, SmartAsset analyzed used seven measurements, including the percentage of middle-class households, median household income adjusted for cost of living and four-year change in median household incomes.
The report also studied states based on their median home value, homeownership rate, four-year middle-class job growth and the gini index, which is “a statistical measurement of income inequality,” the report said.
After comparing the states, SmartAsset found that five of the top 10 states for the middle class are in the Midwest. In last year’s ranking, six of the top 10 states were in the Midwest.
However, the top two states are farther west, with Utah in first place and Idaho in second. Both those states ranked in the top spots two years in a row.
Here are the best and worst states -- including Washington, D.C. -- for the middle class this year, according to SmartAsset.
The best U.S. states for the middle class
4. South Dakota
6. New Hampshire
The worst U.S. states for the middle class
43. North Dakota
44. Washington, D.C.
48. New Mexico
51. New York