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Santa Barbara's Middle Class
updated: Feb 20, 2014, 10:10 AM

By the Dedicated Staff of edhat.com

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An edhat subscriber recently sent us an article from CNNMoney that lists Santa Barbara as one of the best counties for the middle class in the United States.

The article lists eight places that have low unemployment, a good quality of life and decent incomes, according to government data compiled by CNNMoney and nonprofits Opportunity Nation and Measure of America. Santa Barbara County is stated to have a population of 426,874, a median household income of $60,003, and an unemployment rate of 6.2%.

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"Santa Barbara County benefits from both laissez faire and government-heavy policies," the article states. They attribute Santa Maria as the hub of our middle class county with thriving agriculture and manufacturing companies as the rest of the county benefits from tech and tourism dollars.

What do Edhatters think of the middle class in Santa Barbara County?

Also listed: Johnson County, Indiana; Gillespie County, Texas; Richland County, Wisconsin; Rensselaer County, New York; Addison County, Vermont; Midland County, Michigan; and Union County, North Carolina.

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