yeff wrote: bahama wrote:
ndnlawdc wrote:Bottom line the govt route can certainly provide a decent middle class lifestyle.
I can't tell if this is sarcasm or not. What's the cutoff of upper middle class these days?
Even with high COL in DC, earning $150,000 puts you at almost at the 95th percentile for US household income. That's assuming this 15-year government lawyer is the single earner in their family...with a spouse's income you're talking 97th percentile or higher.
I was not being sarcastic. The household median income in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties are over $100k and 2000 something sqft houses in good school districts often sell for over $600,000 even now. So yeah, $100-150k is pretty middle class there - national numbers aren't really relevant.
You could call this upper middle class if you want but my point is you are still going to have to watch your budget every month because it is an expensive area although it would provide a lifestyle where you could afford to own a house, pay for your kids to go to college, and save some money for retirement. You're still going to be on a budget and it's not like you will be driving a new BMW every couple of years, taking vacations in Europe every year, having a housekeeper, shopping at the most exclusive stores, eating at all the best restaurants or living in some enormous house.