Richard Fry is a senior researcher at Pew Research Center. He is an expert on school and college enrollment in the United States, as well as the returns to education in the labor market and marriage market, and its connection to household economic well-being such as net worth. Fry’s analyses are largely empirical, as he has extensive expertise analyzing U.S. Census Bureau and other federal data collections. Before joining Pew Research Center in 2002, he was a senior economist at the Educational Testing Service. Fry received his doctorate in economics from the University of Michigan. Fry regularly documents U.S. educational and enrollment milestones, the economic well-being of the nation’s young adults, the role of student debt in financing college education, and the changing relationship between education and marriage and cohabitation.
Are you in the American middle class?
A Pew Research Center analysis of government data shows that after more than four decades of serving as the nation’s economic majority, the U.S. middle class is now matched in size by those in the economic tiers above and below it.
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Gen X rebounds as the only generation to recover the wealth lost after the housing crash
Generation Xers were hit particularly hard in the recession. Yet Gen Xers are the only generation of households to recover the wealth they lost in the downturn.
Younger generations make up a majority of the electorate, but may not be a majority of voters this November
Generation X and younger generations make up a majority of the U.S. electorate. But if past U.S. midterm election turnout patterns hold true, these younger Americans are unlikely to cast the majority of votes this November.
What Unites and Divides Urban, Suburban and Rural Communities
Despite widening gaps in politics and demographics, Americans across community types have a lot in common in key facets of their lives.
Millennials are the largest generation in the U.S. labor force
As of 2017, 56 million Millennials were working or looking for work, more than the 53 million Generation Xers and 41 million Baby Boomers in the labor force.
Millennials approach Baby Boomers as America’s largest generation in the electorate
As of November 2016, an estimated 62 million Millennials were voting-age U.S. citizens – moving closer in number to the 70 million Baby Boomers.
How Millennials today compare with their grandparents 50 years ago
Our analysis finds that Millennials stand apart from the young adults of the Silent generation when it comes to education, employment and home life.
Millennials projected to overtake Baby Boomers as America’s largest generation
Millennials are expected to overtake Boomers in population in the U.S. in 2019 as their numbers swell to 73 million and Boomers decline to 72 million.
More adults now share their living space, driven in part by parents living with their adult children
In 2017, nearly 79 million adults (31.9% of the adult population) lived in a shared household. In 1995, 55 million adults (28.8%) lived in a shared household.