What Constitutes 'Rich' in America

Friday, September 17, 2010

What does it mean to be poor or rich in America?  We asked our listeners that question and we got a lot of feedback.  Listeners like Allan from Woonsocket, Rhode Island texted us:

"I feel rich by knowing that rich or poor is a state of mind." 

But is there a more concrete dividing line between feeling rich and feeling poor in our country, and if so...  what is it?  In this conversation we speak with Larry Samuel, the author of Rich: The Rise and Fall of American Wealth Culture. Larry, who has also been dubbed “the Margaret Mead of plutocrats” by Slate Magazine, tells us all the categories of rich you may not have known existed.


Larry Samuel

Comments [2]

Jonathan from Sunrise, fl

In response to your question of what makes me feel rich or poor

I feel poor having to decide if I want to pay my utilities or buy groceries. I feel rich from the wealth of life experiences I've been able to experience. I've lived all over the world, had amazing jobs, loved and lived well, and constantly learn new things. Some of the poorest people I know have a very large bank account.

Sep. 17 2010 09:16 AM
Jason from Berkley

I agree that money does not buy happiness. However, it can buy things that make you happier. I think I would feel rich if I could envision a dream vacation and book it without having to stress about the costs.

Sep. 17 2010 09:11 AM

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