Houston Is The Mecca Of The Middle Class, According To New York Researchers

Houston Is The Mecca Of The Middle Class, According To New York Researchers

Although, as we said below, economists aren't generally predicting great things for Houston in 2009, there is a ray of light: It's still cheaper to live here than other big cities.

In a report released yesterday detailing how the middle class is abandoning New York City, the Center for an Urban Future lays out just how much it costs to be middle-class across the country.

Middle class in New YorK? You'll have to be earning $123,322 to afford that lifestyle.

In San Francisco it's $95,489 and Atlanta $53,630.

Lowest of all the cities included? Houston.

According to the study, you can be middle-class here on just $50,000 a year. That's lower than Charlotte, for crying out loud, which is apparently a city in one of the Carolinas.

The study looked at housing, utility costs and other factors. It then took Houston as a baseline (which is why we're the lowest, obvs) and then determined how much money it would take in various cities for a person to live like a Houstonian making $50,000.

The study didn't take into account Katy Freeway traffic or hurricane power outages, as far as we can tell.

-- Richard Connelly


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