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What does it cost to be middle class on Long Island, New York, the United States?

How much do you need to make to be middle class on Long Island? What about the United States? A Planet Money report on NPR earlier this year broke out how much it costs to be considered middle class in major cities in the United States. The U.S. median household income was $64,000, as of a 2013 study conducted by the Census Bureau; census-data grinder IPUMS USA and the University of Minnesota. Here is a look at what the median income is in major markets, including New York. Newsday added the median household income for Nassau and Suffolk counties to compare the Long Island region to the rest of the nation. The study was done using the Census Bureau's 2013 American Community Survey.

Detroit -- $30,000

To have median middle class income in Detroit,
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To have median middle class income in Detroit, the bar is low, at $30,000, when compared to many other regions. A median household income of $59,000 places a family above 75 percent of Detroit residents. In this July 18, 2013 photo, the Detroit skyline rises behind a monument known as "The Fist," a tribute to boxer Joe Louis.

Cleveland -- $32,000

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James came home to
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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James came home to Ohio after four years in much more expensive Miami. The median household income in Cleveland is $32,000. At $58,000, a family is better off than 75 percent of Cleveland. This game was Feb. 22, 2015.

Miami -- $36,000

Speaking of Miami and LeBron James, Miami's median
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Speaking of Miami and LeBron James, Miami's median household income is $36,000, which isn't much different than Cleveland's. But the jump to the top quarter is higher -- at $73,000. The skyline on Aug. 6, 2010.

St. Louis -- $42,000

The median household income in St. Louis is
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The median household income in St. Louis is $42,000, and $78,000 will push a family to the top quarter.

Boston -- $60,000

Boston, another wealthy Northeastern city, has an annual
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Boston, another wealthy Northeastern city, has an annual median household income of $60,000. To be in the top 25 percent, a household needs $117,000.

Philadelphia -- $43,000

Here is a stunning photo of the Philadelphia
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Here is a stunning photo of the Philadelphia skyline on June 2, 2011. To be middle class, a family needs the median income of $43,000. Like most East Coast cities, it will cost a bit to get to the top 25 percent. In Philadelphia, that's $83,000.

New Orleans -- $48,000

A ferry, bottom right, heads out across the
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A ferry, bottom right, heads out across the Mississippi River from downtown New Orleans to Algiers Point. The New Orleans median household income is $48,000. To move to the top quarter it will cost far more -- $98,000.

Phoenix -- $50,000

The sunset on Jan. 31, 2008, frames the
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The sunset on Jan. 31, 2008, frames the skyline in Phoenix, where the median household income is $50,000. A $90,000 household income will place a family in the top quarter.

Baltimore -- $50,000

The Baltimore median household income is $50,000. Households
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The Baltimore median household income is $50,000. Households in the top quarter make at least $90,000. This is the harbor on Feb. 25, 2012.

Los Angeles -- $52,000

In Los Angeles, the median household income is
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In Los Angeles, the median household income is $52,000. To make it to the top 25 percent, you will have to hit six figures -- $100,000. This sunset was on Jan. 21. 2011.

Chicago -- $54,000

Chicago, called
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Chicago, called "city of the big shoulders" by the poet Carl Sandburg, has a median household income of $54,000. At $101,000, a household can consider itself in the top 25 percent. This is the museum district near Soldier Field on Aug. 11, 2012.

Pittsburgh -- $55,000

Western Pennsylvania's city has a median household income
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Western Pennsylvania's city has a median household income of $55,000. The top 25 percent make at least $98,000. This dusk in 1987 across from Point State Park where three rivers -- the Allegheny, the Monongahela and the Ohio -- converge.

New York City -- $57,000

New York City's median annual household income is
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New York City's median annual household income is $57,000. No surprise. To be rich in New York, you need $109,000 annually.

Dallas -- $69,000

The Dallas skyline reflects in the Trinity River
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The Dallas skyline reflects in the Trinity River on Jan. 26, 2012. To be middle class in this city, it takes an annual median household income of $69,000. It's $115,000 to be in the top 25 percent.

Washington -- $71,000

Our Nation's Capital is an expensive place. The
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Our Nation's Capital is an expensive place. The annual median income is $71,000. To be in the top quarter, it's $160,000.

Portland - $72,000

The Portland median household income is $72,000, while

The Portland median household income is $72,000, while the top 25 percent are at $117,000.

Suffolk County -- $87,763

Suffolk County's median household income was $87,763, according

Suffolk County's median household income was $87,763, according to the 2013 American Community Survey.

San Francisco -- $96,000

It won't be easy to make ends meet
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It won't be easy to make ends meet in San Francisco, where the annual median household income is $96,000. With $171,000 in annual income, a household is in the top 25 percent. This is Alamo Square Park on Oct. 2, 2010.

Nassau County -- $97,690

Nassau County's median household income is $97,690, according
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Nassau County's median household income is $97,690, according to the 2013 American Community Survey. This is Route 25A in Laurel Hollow in March 2015.

Seattle -- $102,000

Seattle's annual median household income is a staggering
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Seattle's annual median household income is a staggering $102,000, while the top 25 percent are taking home $171,000. This is the city skyline on July 26, 2011 from Kerry Park on Queen Anne Hill.

San Jose -- $103,000

San Jose's annual median household income is $103,000,
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San Jose's annual median household income is $103,000, according to Metropolitan Statistical Area numbers referenced by Planet Money.

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