The Census Bureau’s definition of “middle class” doesn’t fit Long Island [“Household shift,” News, Oct. 18]. With our astronomical regional cost of living, $185,000 doesn’t make someone wealthy. Property tax bills of $12,000 or so take a chunk out of family budgets.

The income problem is far worse than reported. My local financial adviser has told me that $300,000 on Long Island isn’t a lot, based on what we pay for things.

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There should not be a blanket thrown over the country on what constitutes wealth. It deserves more careful thought and analysis that include regional costs in the equation.

Carol Schwasnick, Oakdale