February 4, 2016

What Americans say it takes to be middle class

The vast majority of American adults agree that a secure job and the ability to save money for the future are essential. But one thing is now less likely to be seen as a requirement: a college education.

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.

December 9, 2015

The American Middle Class Is Losing Ground

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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December 9, 2015

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.

MethodsSeptember 22, 2015

The many ways to measure economic inequality

Just what is “economic inequality”? Depends on whom you ask.

September 10, 2015

How the geography of U.S. poverty has shifted since 1960

The South continues to be home to many of America’s poor, though to a lesser degree than a half-century ago. In 1960, half (49%) of impoverished Americans lived in the South. By 2010, that share had dropped to 41%.

August 3, 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.

July 23, 2015

5 facts about the minimum wage

While the idea of raising the minimum wage is broadly popular, efforts to do so at the national level have stalled. We gathered key facts looking at the issue.

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.

U.S. PoliticsMay 27, 2015

Trade Agreements Seen as Good for U.S., But Concerns Persist

Majorities across income categories say free trade deals have been a positive thing for the U.S., but there are much wider income differences in opinions about the personal impact of these agreements.