Here are responses we got by text:
Well, the neighborhood is known as middle class, and even though we don't have the nicest cars and the best lawnmower we can still afford for our three kids have Mom at home. We struggle with bills and don't eat the best foods but our kids aren't out causing trouble because their parents are raising them not a sitter or themselves.
—Salt Lake City, Utah
I am not middle class. But I am happy, so I feel like I am! :)
—Tamara, Baltimore, Md.
Probably education. Some relative mobility. And if I'm honest, a measure of disposable income.
"Around me" ? Lakefront houses, none of which I can afford, other than the ones like that used to film the HBO show "HUNG", which we walk by everyday.
Two cars two kids in private college, based on what I heard today on your show, I am part of the rich class. I don't think I am. I supported Obama Because of change.
2 kids, 2cars, 2 jobs, 2 little time to enjoy life because we are so busy paying taxes.
—Port Huron, Mich.
—Miguel, Hialeah, Fla.
Nothing. I have no income, 110k debt and no possesions.
I take the bus to school.
—Jersey City, NJ
—Jonathan, Columbia, SC
—Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
I went to public school my entire life, I attended public university & now I'm making entry level income at my office job. This makes middle class.