His family income is about $55,000. He said he can't afford a new car or a nice vacation.
"I define myself as middle class," said Jeff Mose, 38, a marketing director at WJHU radio, strolling through The Gallery.
Asked to come up with a dollar figure for this group, Mr. Mose said $35,000 to $99,999 for a household.
He recalled discussing the same topic with a friend from New York who feared his six-figure salary was the target of congressional tax writers. "He said, 'They want to tax me,' " recalled Mr. Mose.
Now renting an apartment in Mount Washington, Mr. Mose and his wife hope to buy a house and have children. But he wonders if they can offer their children the middle-class upbringing he enjoyed.