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.
Map showing the share of adults in the middle-income tier across 229 United States metro 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.
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.
As Americans begin casting the first ballots in the 2016 presidential election, neither political party is widely viewed as supportive of the middle class in this country.