the middle class

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azuki

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Hello everybody,

The following is an excerpt from State of the Union 2013.

America is not a place where chance of birth or circumstance should decide our destiny. And that is why we need to build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class for all who are willing to climb them.
(in the lower half of the full text)

I was wondering what the middle class refers to in the context. I can understand it's not same as that of the British social class. How do the U. S. people define the middle class? Could anybody explain?

Thank you in advance,

Azuki
 
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    This is a research question rather than a language question. You can start your research with Wikipedia's article on American middle class, which begins with this:

    The American middle class is a social class in the United States. While the concept is typically ambiguous in popular opinion and common language use, contemporary social scientists have put forward several, more or less congruent, theories on the American middle class. Depending on class model used, the middle class may constitute anywhere from 25% to 66% of households.
     
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