Where exactly is the dividing line between the 99% and the 1%?
With this question in mind, I wanted to see a histogram of household incomes, so I grabbed the data from the latest CPS survey, which includes 2010 income data. Unfortunately, they lump all households above $250,000 in the same category. Looking for other sources, I found that you can generate something called a “Dollar Cut-Off” table from IRS data. (See one at taxfoundation.org)
In terms of Adjusted Gross Income from 2009 returns:
Top 0.1% starts at $1.4 million
Top 1.0% starts at $355,000
Top 5.0% starts at $155,000
So, roughly speaking, the dividing line between the 99% and the 1% is an income level of $350,000.
Granted, this is AGI, and I expect that these folks are paying accountants to minimize taxable income, so their income before adjustments, deductions, and other strategies is likely above $400,000.