The typical morning routines for rich, low-income, and middle class people


The richest Americans are the most likely to wake up bright and early in the morning.

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From the moment they wake up, middle-class, rich, and low-income Americans go about their mornings in different ways.

A poll from MSN surveyed Americans on their morning routines. It then used machine learning and big data, such as the census, to model how a representative sample of the US would have responded. It’s as accurate as a traditional scientific survey, MSN said.

Those who earn more than $175,000 are most likely to wake up before 6.a.m., plan their daily schedules the night before, and get in a full workout each morning.

The correlation between an early wakeup time and higher income is an interesting one, and appears to be in line with other research.

As Business Insider previously reported, in his five-year study of 177 self-made millionaires, author Thomas C. Corley found that nearly half of them woke up at least three hours before their workday actually began.

Indeed, some of the worlds most successful people wake up with or before the sun, and these early risers often credit those “extra” hours with getting a head start on the day, more creative thinking time, fitting in a workout, and spending time with family.

Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that correlation does not equal causation. Having or not having any of these different routines doesn’t determine your income level, and one morning routine isn’t inherently better than the next. In fact, plenty of other successful people wake up after 8 a.m.

Here’s how America’s different income classes tend to begin their days.

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