Partisans are divided over the fairness of the U.S. economy – and why people are rich or poor
Around six-in-ten U.S. adults say the nation’s economic system unfairly favors powerful interests, though partisans are divided. Partisan differences extend to beliefs about why people are rich or poor.
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.
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.
How wealth inequality has changed in the U.S. since the Great Recession, by race, ethnicity and income
In the U.S., the racial and ethnic wealth gap has evolved differently for families at different income levels since the Great Recession.
Are you middle class in Western Europe?
A Pew Research Center analysis of income data from 11 Western European countries finds considerable differences in the fortunes of the middle classes in those countries.
Middle Class Fortunes in Western Europe
From 1991 to 2010, the middle class expands in France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, but, as in the United States, shrinks in Germany, Italy and Spain.
How America Changed During Barack Obama’s Presidency
Pew Research Center President Michael Dimock examines the changes – some profound, some subtle – that the U.S. experienced during Barack Obama’s presidency.
Latinos Increasingly Confident in Personal Finances, See Better Economic Times Ahead
Hispanics have become more upbeat about their personal finances and their financial future since the Great Recession, with 81% saying that they expect their family’s financial situation to improve in the next year.
The American middle class: Who is in it, and who is not, in U.S. Metropolitan Areas
Map showing the share of adults in the middle-income tier across 229 United States metro areas
America’s Shrinking Middle Class: A Close Look at Changes Within Metropolitan Areas
The American middle class is losing ground in metropolitan areas across the country, affecting communities from Boston to Seattle and from Dallas to Milwaukee.