For a country that doesn't officially have an aristocracy, the U.S. spends a lot of time talking about its middle class -- and the warfare that supposedly rages between it and "The 1 Percent." In recent months, this sometimes-seething, sometimes-hidden conflict has tumbled out into the open as the two presidential candidates have fought for the votes of average Americans. But while the middle class gets a lot of attention, few pundits and politicians have been able convincingly explain what, precisely, middle class means. Is it merely a measure of how much money a family brings in, as some economists assume, or is class in America still a measure of where you work, where you live, and where you went to college?
If you've ever wondered what the middle class is -- and whether or not you're a member of it -- take a peek at our middle class quiz!
Bruce Watson is a senior features writer for DailyFinance. You can reach him by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter at @bruce1971.
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