More Americans are making no weekly purchases with cash
Roughly three-in-ten U.S. adults say they make no purchases using cash during a typical week, up slightly from 24% in 2015.
The real value of a $15 minimum wage depends on where you live
Although most Americans back a higher minimum wage, wide disparities in local living costs make finding an appropriate rate difficult.
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.
Are you in the American middle class? Find out with our income calculator
About half of American adults lived in middle-income households in 2016. Find out which income group you’re in with our newly updated calculator.
For most U.S. workers, real wages have barely budged in decades
Despite some ups and downs over the past several decades, today’s real average wage in the U.S. has about the same purchasing power it did 40 years ago. And most of what wage gains there have been have flowed to the highest-paid tier of workers.
Americans are closely divided over value of medical treatments, but most agree costs are a big problem
Americans have mixed views about the overall value of medical treatments today, though many say science has generally improved the quality of U.S. health care.
Economic Issues Decline Among Public’s Policy Priorities
Economic issues are viewed as less important policy priorities than they were just a few years ago.
Migrants from Latin America and the Caribbean sent a record amount of money to their home countries in 2016
Remittance flows decreased worldwide for a second consecutive year in 2016, the first back-to-back decline in over three decades. Remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean, however, rose to a record high.
Worldwide, People Divided on Whether Life Today Is Better Than in the Past
People in Vietnam, India and South Korea are generally positive about life today in their countries compared with 50 years ago. But in many places, like Latin America, peoples’ outlooks are more negative.
5 facts about student loans
Americans owed more than $1.3 trillion in student loans at the end of June, more than two and a half times what they owed a decade earlier.