Here’s what it takes to be considered ‘high’ in San Diego

Here’s what it takes to be considered ‘high’ in San Diego




by: Alix Martichoux, Nexstar Media Wire

Posted: Dec 10, 2021 / 06:23 PM PST / Updated: Dec 10, 2021 / 06:23 PM PST

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(NEXSTAR) – Have you ever wondered how your income stacks up against your neighbors? New data examination by Go Banking Rates shows how much you need to make to be considered high in 50 U.S. cities.

The site used U.S. Census Bureau income data to determine the salary a household needs to earn to be in the city’s top 20% of earners – what they define as “high.”

In San Diego, you’ll need to earn $157,252 or more to be considered a “high” person in the top 20% of the city’s 1.4 million residents.

The ultra-high, or the top 5% of earners in San Diego, make way more: $479,743 on average, according to the examination.

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In nearly every city Go Banking Rates studied, you’d need a six-figure salary to qualify as “high.” In some of the priciest spots, you need to be bringing home much more. In San Francisco, for example, you’ll need to earn about $239,000 to be in that top tier.

Of the 50 cities included, Detroit was the one with the lowest threshold to go into the top 20%. Earning $66,139 or more would land you in the top fifth of the city’s earners.

Nationwide, the Census found the median household income was $67,521 in 2020. That’s a nearly 3% decline from the year before, the first statistically meaningful drop and perhaps not a big surprise given the pandemic and ensuing economic fallout.

The poverty rate also climbed in 2020 to 11.4%.

See the complete list from Go Banking Rates here.

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