How's the Middle Class Doing in Your State? Probably Shrinking

A new analysis has found that the percentage of middle-class households — those earning between 67 and 200 percent of a state’s median income — dropped in every U.S. state between 2000 and 2013, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Stateline blog.
This nationwide decline occurred even as the median income in most states decreased, when adjusted for inflation.
The cost of housing plays a big role in the growing inability of families to save money for retirement, college or even emergencies.
“In most states, the growing percentage of households paying 30 percent (the federal standard for housing affordability) or more of their income on housing illustrates that it is increasingly difficult for many American families to make ends meet,” Pew states.
See Pew’s map below and hover over the state for specific data (use slider at the bottom to move the map from side to side). Or see it here.

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