December 8, 2016

GOP gained ground in middle-class communities in 2016

Although many middle-class areas voted for Barack Obama in 2008, they overwhelmingly favored Donald Trump in 2016, a shift that was a key to his victory.

May 12, 2016

The shrinking middle class in U.S. metropolitan areas: 6 key findings

The American middle class is losing ground in metropolitan areas across the country, affecting communities from Boston to Seattle and from Dallas to Milwaukee.

May 11, 2016

Are you in the American middle class? Find out with our income calculator

Our updated calculator lets you find out which group you are in – first compared with other adults in your metropolitan area and among American adults overall, and then compared with other adults similar to you in education, age, race or ethnicity, and marital status.

December 10, 2015

5 takeaways about the American middle class

The middle class has long been the country’s economic majority, but our new analysis finds that’s no longer true.

GlobalSeptember 23, 2015

Seven-in-ten people globally live on $10 or less per day

The urgency expressed by Pope Francis on global poverty and inequality is grounded in harsh reality. 4.4 billion people – 71% of the global population of 6.2 billion – lived on $10 or less per day in 2011, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of the most recently available data.

GlobalJuly 22, 2015

What it means to be poor by global standards

What exactly does it mean to live on $2 per day? And how does that compare with the notion of poverty in richer countries?

GlobalJuly 16, 2015

Are you in the global middle class? Find out with our income calculator

On a global scale, just 13% of the world’s population could be considered middle income in 2011, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis. Where do you fit?

GlobalJuly 15, 2015

China’s middle class surges, while India’s lags behind

China and India both succeeded in slashing poverty from 2001 to 2011. But while that contributed to a rapidly growing middle class in China, it did little to increase the number of Indians who could be considered middle income.

GlobalJuly 9, 2015

How Americans compare with the global middle class

On a global scale, the vast majority of Americans are either upper-middle income or high income. And many Americans who are classified as “poor” by the U.S. government would be middle income globally.

GlobalJuly 8, 2015

6 key takeaways about the world’s emerging middle class

During the first decade of this century, the world experienced a dramatic drop in the number of people living in poverty and a significant rise in the number who could be considered middle income, but the majority of the global population remains low income.