New year, new class? No -  we're not talking about school or anything of that nature although education could play a role in what we're about to talk about: income.

Idaho continues to grow and because of that, it is regularly listed as one of the most expensive places to live.

Are you considered middle-class in Idaho?

According to, you can "expect to spend about $39,739 a year on total personal consumption." Unfortunately, if you're making $15 an hour and work 40-hour weeks for a whole year, your gross income would be $31,200 which is around $8,000 less than what it takes to live in Idaho.

Here's the thing - what if you make more than that and can cover the nearly $40,000 that it takes to live in Idaho? Would you still be considered middle-class?

Putting it in perspective

We all know Idaho is expensive but a lot of people would agree that it is much more expensive to live in California. According to, the average cost of living in California is $53,082 which is roughly $14,000 more than it takes to live in Idaho.

According to, it would take between $52,681 and $157,258 a year for a 2-person family to be considered "middle-class."

That's a wide range!

Wait until you see how much it takes for a 3-person family or even a 4-person family to earn in order to be considered middle-class. Do you meet the criteria? Does it mean anything to you if you're not middle-class in Idaho?

Let us know your thoughts here!

Let's take a look at the numbers state by state.

Do You Make Enough Money To Be Middle-Class in Idaho?

According to, the income you need to bring in to be considered middle-class in Idaho and its neighboring states varies. Where do you fall?

Gallery Credit: Chris Cardenas

Average Cost of Daycare in Idaho & Surrounding States

If you think the cost is ridiculous in Idaho, wait until you see how much it is in the surrounding states!

Gallery Credit: Chris Cardenas

Idaho Ranks One of the Highest For Cost of Smoking Over A Lifetime

WalletHub Methodology "In order to assess the impact of tobacco use on a smoker’s finances both over a lifetime and in a single year, WalletHub calculated the potential monetary losses — including the cumulative cost of a cigarette pack per day over several decades, health-care expenditures, income losses, and other costs — brought on by smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke."

Gallery Credit: Kyle Matthews

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