02/21/2012 11:19 am ET Updated Feb 21, 2012

It Takes Less To Be A 1-percenter In Mich.

In Michigan, where the Great Recession hit hardest, many in the top 1 percent of household income levels don't feel especially elite.

A new analysis of Census Bureau data shows why: It's cheaper to be on top here.

In Metro Detroit, it took household income of $341,741 in 2010 to be a "one-percenter," according to Sentier Research LLC, a Virginia research firm. That's $45,000 less than the national average and $36,000 less than what it took before the national recession began more than four years ago and ended in June 2009.

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