9:22 am January 17, 2012, by David Markiewicz
They work long hours.
They pay their share of taxes and are willing to do more to contribute.
They’re more likely to be self-employed.
They give to charity.
Some like President Obama and some don’t. Some sympathize with the Occupy Wall Street crowd while others don’t.
All in all, it’s a broad cross-section, the nation’s wealthiest 1 percent, according to a report in The New York Times.
Which makes it a little harder to pigeon-hole a group that’s attracted a lot of attention, and drawn a considerable amount of criticism in this political season where the middle class has been designated as the hero.
One key point is that what can be considered wealthy varies a good deal by geography. A person in a smaller, low-cost part of the country can easily be in the top 1 percent in an area with a much smaller income than someone in a higher-priced metropolitan area.
The gap between the richest residents and everyone else also varies by market. While the highest-earning 1 percent in New York make many times what median earners there do, the best-off in Macon, for example, don’t exceed the average-earning resident there by all that much.
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