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.
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
Our new calculator lets you find out which economic group you are in – first compared with all American adults, and then compared with other adults similar to you in education, age, race or ethnicity, and marital status.
The many ways to measure economic inequality
Just what is “economic inequality”? Depends on whom you ask.
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%.
Latin America’s middle class grows, but in some regions more than others
As a whole, Latin America enjoyed solid economic growth in the first decade of this century, with a fall in poverty, a decrease in income inequality and a rise of its middle class.
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.
Black child poverty rate holds steady, even as other groups see declines
The share of American children living in poverty has declined slightly since 2010 as the nation’s economy has improved. But the poverty rate has changed little for black children, the group most likely to be living in poverty.
World Population by Income
How Many Live on How Much, and Where
A Global Middle Class Is More Promise than Reality
The first decade of this century witnessed an historic reduction in global poverty and a near doubling of the number of people who could be considered middle income. But the emergence of a truly global middle class is still far from fruition.