According to a survey of Americans conducted by the Pew Research Center in 2012, the median annual salary for a typical middle class family was identified as $70,000. However, there is no universal definition of a "middle class" salary.
The meaning of "middle class" varies depending upon geographic location. In general, the cost of living in the Midwest is the lowest, and a typical middle class lifestyle requires about $60,000 a year. In the South and West, $70,000 is needed. An ordinary middle class lifestyle in the East requires about $85,000 annually. Community expectations differ, as well. A middle class salary in rural areas is considered to be $55,000, while city-dwellers estimate it as $70,000. Suburbanites have higher expectations of $75,000.