Household of one: Minimum of $72,126
Household of two: Minimum of $102,001
Household of three: Minimum of $124,925
Household of four: Minimum of $144,251
Household of five: Minimum of $161,277
Still, just because you fit into those parameters doesn’t necessarily mean you will feel upper-class.
Courtney Mishoe and her husband are making more than $180,000 a year to support their five-person family. Still, the suburban Georgia couple doesn’t “feel wealthy,” Mishoe told Todd C. Frankel of the Washington Post. Some people living in the area who earn $100,000 “are living paycheck to paycheck,” the Post reports, and even families earning up to $250,000 “don’t consider themselves to be high-earners.”
These situations illustrate how difficult it can be to avoid lifestyle creep and how a hefty paycheck doesn’t always guarantee financial peace of mind.