At Modern Luxury, connection and community define who we are. We use cookies to improve the Modern Luxury experience - to personalize content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyze our traffic. We also may share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. We take your privacy seriously and want you to be aware that we have recently made changes to our Privacy Policy, which can be found here.


Are You a Part of San Francisco's Screwed Middle Class?

Scott Lucas | January 9, 2014 | Lifestyle Story City Life

According to a story in yesterday's Examiner, the middle class in San Francisco is shrinking. It's down to 33% and has been dropping for years. So how can you tell if you're a member of this endangered species? Aside from the creepy-looking speculator dude taping an eviction notice to your door? We've put together this handy quiz to help you figure it out.

1. Which of the following kinds of housing do you reside in?
A. Below market rate. 1 point.
B. Market rate, but with rent control. 2 points.
C. Market rate, but with rent control, but next door to Danielle Steel's house. 3 points.

2. How do you get around town?
A. MUNI. 1 point.
B. Uber. 2 points.
C. The secret network of tunnels connecting Sea Cliff to the Financial District installed by Dianne Feinstein. 3 points.

3. The most true-to-life San Francisco writer is:
A. Dashiell Hammett. 1 point.
B. Armistead Maupin. 2 points.
C. Sean Wilsey, but please don't tell Dede that I told you that. 3 points.

4. Which team did you root for during the America's Cup races?
A. The Kiwis. 1 point.
B. Larry Ellison's. 2 points.
C. I would have fielded my own team, but Larry made the whole thing just a dash too expensive. 3 points.

5. Who is Ken Fulk?
A. The guy who hires me to dress up like a manservant from Spartacus and pass drinks at his parties. 1 point.
B. I have no idea. Is he going to play third base for the Giants next year? 2 points.
C. I am Ken Fulk. 3 points.

6. When you want to see a 49ers game you:
A. Buy a ticket. 1 point.
B. Buy a seat for the season. 2 points.
C. Buy the team. 3 points.

7. The best TV show about San Francisco is which of these?
A. The Real World SF (2014 season). 1 point
B. Looking, I'm told by someone knowledgeable. 2 points
C. Downton Abbey. 3 points

8. What side of the city do you live on?
A. West of Twin Peaks. 1 point.
B. East of Twin Peaks. 2 points.
C. Hah hah, you must be joking. 3 points.

9. The City really needs more of which?
A. Jobs. 1 point.
B. Middle schools. 2 points.
C. Tax breaks for business—my business. 3 points.

Tally up your points on a piece of paper, then rip it up. Why would you think economic class would be calculated by cultural signifiers? So shallow! It's actually based on income levels. Find which group you are in below:

Under $36,500/ year... Lower class
$36,5001/year-$109,500/year/...Middle class
Over $109,500/year... Upper class're screwed.

Have feedback? Email us at
Email Scott Lucas at
Follow us on Twitter @sanfranmag
Follow Scott Lucas on Twitter @ScottLucas86


Photography by: