10 Signs American Families are Falling Behind

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The middle class is smaller.

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Defining the middle-income tier as households earning between two-thirds and double the national median income, Pew calculates that 51 percent of adults are now middle-income. In 1971, the figure was 61 percent. In other words, the middle class has shrunk.

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