17% of the global population could be considered middle income in 2020. Most people were either low income (51%) or poor (10%).
The shares of Americans in each income tier who have home broadband or a smartphone have not significantly changed from 2019 to 2021.
In 2020, women earned 84% of what men earned, our analysis of median hourly earnings of both full- and part-time workers found.
Putting minimum wage policy in the hands of lawmakers is one of several ways in which the U.S. approach stands apart from other countries.
College graduates without a college-educated parent have lower incomes and less wealth, on average, than those with a parent who has a bachelor’s or higher degree.
About six-in-ten Americans (62%) say they favor raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, including 40% who strongly back the idea.
The $7.25 federal minimum wage is used in just 21 states, which collectively account for about 40% of all U.S. wage and salary workers.
The charts below allow for comparisons between racial or ethnic groups over time on a range of measures including educational attainment, household income, life expectancy and others. You may select any two groups at a time for comparison.
38% of parents with children whose K-12 schools closed in the spring said that their child was likely to face digital obstacles in schoolwork.
The idea of the government providing a universal basic income draws broad opposition from Republicans but is generally supported by Democrats.