5 US Areas With the Largest Upper Class
Midland, Texas, is top
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2016 9:51 AM CDT
A dust storm blows in Midland, Texas.   (James Durbin/Reporter-Telegram via AP)

(Newser) – If you'd rather your beater car not stand out in a sea of sports cars, stay clear of Midland, Texas. The metro area has the highest share of upper-class residents in the country, according to a Pew Research report, which found the share of upper-income adults increased in 75% of US metro areas studied from 2000 to 2014, per Business Insider. Pew explains that the income it takes to qualify for the various income levels is affected by household size and location, with "one-person household need[ing] only $24,000 to $72,000 to be middle income in 2014," while the range for a five-person household was $54,000 to $161,000. The areas with the largest share of upper-income residents:

  1. Midland, Texas: 37%
  2. Bridgeport/Stamford/Norwalk, Conn.: 32%
  3. Washington, DC/Arlington/Alexandria: 32%
  4. San Jose/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara, Calif.: 31%
  5. Barnstable Town, Mass.: 30%
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