Aren't we all middle class?
I mean, most (and I'm gonna guess 80-90%) of the people on here.. probably feel like they are middle class... people who make tons of money still think they are middle class because there is always someone who has more stuff, more money, more cars, bigger houses, whatever... so they feel "middle" and many people who may technically be "poor" who do own homes, have their needs met, aren't starving, etc.
So it's all perception... and we all want to be average.
That being said, my dh makes more than I ever thought I would... yet we live check to check while paying off consumer debt, and we just moved to a much higher cost of living area, so we're now "poorer" as far as our lifestyle - we have a smaller apartment, we spend more % of income on rent, food, gas, services, etc.
There are places around the country where we could move and be "wealthy" on this income... but where we live, we are probably just average... or maybe less than average, as it seems everyone I meet with similar interests and lifestyle to me has more money, more house, more everything...