7 Signs You Are Wealthier Than Most Americans

Renowned as one of the wealthiest nations globally, the United States is famous for embodying the cherished ‘American dream’ — a concept that resonates deeply with millions of its citizens.

Redefining Wealth Beyond Materialism

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Wealth is an obscure definition, generally associated with material possessions and a flashy lifestyle.

For many individuals, it may seem unreachable or even unlikely within their lifetime.

Redefining Wealth Beyond Materialism

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And yet, a surprising number of Americans are better off than they may think.

Here are some things you may not have realized identify you as categorically wealthy in the United States.

1. You Carry Minimal Debt

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It may seem self-explanatory, but about 8 in every 10 Americans carry debt.

And excluding mortgage debt, the average amount culminating in interest is 38 thousand dollars.

1. You Carry Minimal Debt

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Credit card debt, student loans, medical bills, and mortgages are all flagging points for personal debt, and in many cases, it might be unavoidable.

However, one fact remains clear: if your debt is low, you are considered wealthier than most of your neighboring citizens.

2. You Order Extras

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While it may be in jest, one Reddit user said a subtle sign that a person is rich is that they don’t hesitate when ordering guacamole.

While edible add-ons can vary from a few dollars to more significant amounts, the premise rang true for a lot of social media users.

2. You Order Extras

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If you’re able to add onto an already formed meal simply because you prefer it that way, it might be a telling sign you’re doing better than most.

3. You Are Able To Save

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Saving money was not always a luxury, but in a time of economic pressure, it can be difficult. Forbes found that 66 percent of Americans saved, but even then, a significant amount were receiving above-average income.

3. You Are Able To Save

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For those able to put aside a little money for a rainy day, they are considered within the wealthier side of America.

4. You Visit the Dentist for Check-Ups

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According to Dentistry Today, 20 percent of Americans avoid the dentist, only checking in when there is a problem.

4. You Visit the Dentist for Check-Ups

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This percentage increases significantly for low-income individuals, drawing the conclusion that Americans often prioritize other expenses over their dental health.

If you’re able to book an appointment for a check-up, you can consider yourself rich.

5. You Sleep Well

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Sleep is affected by a myriad of reasons, but one study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that rich people are more likely to receive the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep each night.

5. You Sleep Well

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Dr Neil Kline, a sleep physician at the American Sleep Association, spoke to CNN, theorizing that a richer person may have access to more attractive sleeping arrangements, like quiet locations and ample space.

5. You Sleep Well

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Irrespective of the reasoning, if you’re sleeping well at night, it may be a sign of your physical wealth.

6. You Have More Than One Car

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Just over 40 percent of Americans are going without, or living with just one family vehicle.

6. You Have More Than One Car

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While this was a majority situation in the 1960s, for the past 50 years, having two or more family cars is the reality for a large part of the American population.

6. You Have More Than One Car

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If you are lucky enough to have a full driveway, it may be an indicator of greater financial wealth.

7. You Fill Your Gas Tank Up…Completely

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Users on Reddit are quick to offer this easy tell about someone’s bank account.

“They fill up the gas tanks on their range rovers every time,” one user says.

7. You Fill Your Gas Tank Up…Completely

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And while it may not be a Range Rover being driven, the sentiment remains true.

In the hit sitcom ‘New Girl,’ Nick references this very thing as being a sign of financial comfort.

7. You Fill Your Gas Tank Up…Completely

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“If I had a dollar for everybody I couldn’t hang out with because they hated Schmidt,” he says, “I’d be rich. Like…’fill my gas tank all the way up rich.” 

Start Counting Pennies

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Wealth is assessed on different scales for every individual, but in a world of economic focus, it may be more important now to count pennies than ever.

How do you tell if a friend is wealthier than anticipated?

Start Counting Pennies

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One user on Reddit has a cheeky answer. “When their monocle falls on the ground as they step out of their Bentley, and they don’t even bother to pick it up.”

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Caitriona Maria is an education writer and founder of TPR Teaching, crafting inspiring pieces that promote the importance of developing new skills. For 7 years, she has been committed to providing students with the best learning opportunities possible, both domestically and abroad. Dedicated to unlocking students' potential, Caitriona has taught English in several countries and continues to explore new cultures through her travels.

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