U.S. PoliticsSeptember 18, 2014

The nation’s wealth recovers, but largely for those at the top

The nation’s aggregate wealth continues to show signs of recovery, but that wealth recovery has been concentrated on the wealthiest Americans. Meanwhile, the aggregate net worth for America’s economic middle is actually declining.

Fact TankJuly 18, 2014

Chart of the Week: The black-white gap in incarceration rates

Black men in their prime working years, especially those without a high school education, are much more likely to be in jail than white men are.

Fact TankMay 2, 2014

Chart of the Week: How America’s poor can still be rich in stuff

While most manufactured goods are considerably cheaper than they were three decades ago, many key services are much more expensive — contributing to the paradox of greater material abundance among even poor Americans.

January 27, 2014

Despite recovery, fewer Americans identify as middle class

Today about as many Americans identify themselves as lower or lower-middle class (40%) as say they are in the middle class (44%).

August 22, 2013

King’s Dream Remains an Elusive Goal

Five decades after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C., fewer than half (45%) of Americans say the country has made substantial progress toward racial equality.

August 21, 2013

Black unemployment rate is consistently twice that of whites

Much has changed for African-Americans since the 1963 March on Washington (which, recall, was a march for “Jobs and Freedom”), but one thing hasn’t: The unemployment rate among blacks is still about double that among whites, as it has been for most of the past six decades.

Fact TankAugust 9, 2013

Having a secure job replaces homeownership as the key to being middle-class

Nearly nine-in-ten Americans now say having a secure job is essential to being in the middle-class; in 1991, it was homeownership.

Pew Research CenterJuly 18, 2013

Welcome to the Global Middle-Class Surge

By Alan Murray, President, Pew Research Center This op-ed was published in The Wall Street Journal on July 18, 2013. The mass uprisings this summer in Egypt, Turkey and Brazil are powerful reminders that the middle classes drive history. What remains unclear, however, is where they are driving it. The world today is witnessing its third great […]

Pew Research CenterMay 8, 2013

Resilient American Values

Optimism in an Era of Growing Inequality and Economic Difficulty Despite an extended period of economic difficulty, Pew Research Center pollsters Andrew Kohut and Michael Dimock show that Americans’ core values and beliefs about economic opportunity, and the nation’s economic outlook, remain largely optimistic and unchanged. There is also little evidence that economic class is […]

April 23, 2013

An Uneven Wealth Recovery in the U.S.

During the first two years of the nation’s economic recovery, wealth inequality increased as aggregate wealth rose for the wealthiest 7% of households, but fell for the bottom 93%.