What is the differences between working class and middle class

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  1. Matty2014 profile image58
    Matty2014posted 4 years ago

    What is the differences between working class and middle class

    1. gmwilliams profile image84
      gmwilliamsposted 3 months agoin reply to this

      Working class is another way to say lower class.   Working class is the upper rung of the lower classes while the underclass is the lowest of the lower class.  Middle class is believed as always to be the solidly middle class or the middle rung of the middle class.  This middle class is the lower level professionals with a baccalaureate degree for the most part.  They are middle level white collar professionals.  They are in jobs where there are promotional opportunities.   

      As I have stated before, working class encompasses the upper lower & lower middle classes.   The lower middle class can be classified as working class because many are in lower level white collar jobs which are oftentimes dead end.   The lower middle class are oftentimes high school educated while the upper lower class don't possess a high school education.   The working class is THE LEAST educated class while the middle class have a MODERATE level of education i.e. baccalaureate degrees.

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    JThomp42posted 4 years ago

    In my opinion there is no difference anymore. In days gone by you had your poor, middle class, and then wealthy. Now you have the very wealthy, the working class, and then the very poor.

  3. danicole profile image76
    danicoleposted 4 years ago

    The differences between working class and middle class is, working class pretty much means poor (but hard working and striving to be middle class). Usually uneducated (no high school and/or college degree); immigrant/migrant and disenfranchise persons of society. Some jobless college graduates can also be considered working class. Everything is struggle and they usually struggle financially (living paycheck to paycheck, can't afford to have fun aka go on vacation, get sick, etc).
    Middle class is interpreted in so many ways. I think middle class means the comfortable class, that is the go between poor and rich/wealthy classes. Middle class have college degrees, are pretty comfortable financially (can afford vacations, go shopping, can save, etc.) and are striving oftentimes to be rich/wealthy and/or to be comfortable during retirement.

    1. gmwilliams profile image84
      gmwilliamsposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I would say working class comprise of the upper lower class and the lower middle class.

  4. junkseller profile image81
    junksellerposted 4 years ago

    The distinction is going to depend on context and location. Sometimes working class is defined as someone who does physical labor and may not have a college education. Sometimes working class is defined as being socioeconomically a step below middle class, which might amount to fairly subtle differences. A middle class person may have more savings, own vs. rent, etc.

    A few decades ago, it was harder, in my opinion, to make a distinction. A lot of people working physical jobs without any college education were doing really well. Today, not so much.

    Here is a joke by a comedian Rich Hall that is as good a distinction as any: If your name is on the building, you're rich; if your name is on your desk, you're middle-class; if your name is on your shirt, you're poor.

    1. gmwilliams profile image84
      gmwilliamsposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      RIGHT you ARE! Working class range from lower upper class to lower middle class.  They are oftentimes uneducated to having a low level of education.  They are glorified poor people really!

  5. gmwilliams profile image84
    gmwilliamsposted 4 years ago


    Working class is the upper lower and the lower middle classes.  In essence, the upper lower and the lower middle class can be categorized as the working poor.  They work in low end  & dead end jobs with no prospect of advancement.  They also have low educational attainment.   Both classes are one step away from being quintessentially lower class.  They are the glorified poor so to speak.

    Middle class is defined as those who have a livable wage.  They have jobs/careers which can afford them a semi-luxurious lifestyle beyond mere struggle and obtaining the bare rudiments.  The middle class has more education than those in the working classes.  They are also in jobs which have some prospect of promotion & advancement.  They also have enough money to invest & save for the future.


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