The American middle class is losing ground in major metropolitan areas, according to a new report from Pew Research Center.
The report, titled America’s Shrinking Middle Class: A Close Look at Changes Within Metropolitan Areas, shows that the share of adults living in middle-income households fell in 203 of the 229 metropolitan areas in the U.S. between 2000 and 2014, while shares in the upper and lower-income tiers have increased. The report defined middle class households as those making roughly between $42,000 and $125,000 a year for a family of three in 2014.
According to the report, the ten metropolitan areas with the greatest shares of middle-income adults are located mostly in the Midwest, with Wausau, Wisconsin, at the top of the list at 67 percent. On the other end of the scale is Monroe, Louisiana, where the share of adults who were middle-income stood at only 42 percent. Metropolitan areas with the largest upper-income shares are mostly to the northeast or on the California coast, while the ten metropolitan areas with the largest lower-income tiers are to the southwest, including several areas located on the border with Mexico.
A full copy of the report can be found here.