Submitted by ub on Sat, 02/04/2012 - 18:55

One definition of middle-class is anyone whose life opportunities are optimistic, predictable, or upwardly mobile. Some others would say it's about watching our children succeed and do a heck of a lot better than we've done.

Many individuals used to describe themselves as middle, or upper middle-class because we're all looking to be part of the great society. Most people didn't think of themselves as poor and wouldn't describe themselves as upper-class. But recently we see more families struggling to make ends meet.

The facts is, middle class can be considered as one step above the working class and another step below the upper class. It is a term which many folks use every day, but hardly anyone ever makes time to define.

The dictionary defines middle class as "The socioeconomic class including professionals, highly skilled laborers, and lower and middle management."

Many consider themselves a classless society with factors ranging from income to lifestyles. Therefore, doctors, teachers, lawyers, architects, electricians and plumbers can all belong.

Think about it... Which class type are you? What about your family and friends?