AMERICA'S MIDDLE CLASS: How fast is it shrinking?

Posted on April 10, 2017 • Category: Jobs and Employment


America’s middle-class now represents 50% of middle-income households and 43% of the nation’s workforce. As the ranks of lower- and higher-income workers increase, the income inequality and opportunity gap that America is creating will become a more important political and social issue. The American Dream is upward mobility, which is becoming increasingly more difficult.


Income Distribution Over Time



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Arizona continues as one of the top states in the nation for the sense of well-being felt by the people who live here. But there’s also room for improvement.


These results and other findings from the Gallup survey made it possible for CFA to identify a key citizen goal of The Arizona We Want.

Citizen Goal: Create quality jobs for all Arizonans.
Arizonans want high school students to graduate college-career ready and they want more job training programs for people of all ages.

LEARN MORE about the 8 citizen goals that describe The Arizona We Want.



“The shrinking middle class is a constitutional problem because our Constitution wasn’t designed for a country with significant economic inequality.” – Ganesh Sitaraman
Rebuilding Middle Class is the Key to Preserving Democracy  

Science Daily, Mar 27, 2017

43% Americans who identify themselves as middle class.
What Determines How Americans Perceive Their Social Class?  

Gallup Analytics, Feb 27, 2017
50% Percentage of middle-income American households in 2015, compared to 61% in 1971.
The American Middle Class is Losing Ground.  

Pew Research Center, Dec 9, 2015

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