The following reports represent the collaborative work of the staff of the Pew Research Center's Social and Demographic Trends project. The staff currently consists of: Paul Taylor, Kim Parker, Rakesh Kochhar, Mark Lopez, Jeffrey Passel, Richard Fry, Rich Morin, D’Vera Cohn, Gretchen Livingston, Wendy Wang, Daniel Dockterman, Gabriel Velasco and Mary Seaborn.
Higher Achievements: U.S. High School and College Completion Rates Continue to Climb
Record shares of young adults are completing high school, going to college and finishing college. In 2012, for the first time ever, one-third of the nation’s 25- to 29-year-olds have completed at least a bachelor’s degree.
The Lost Decade of the Middle Class
Chapter 1: Overview As the 2012 presidential candidates prepare their closing arguments to America’s middle class, they are courting a group that has endured a lost decade for economic well-being. Since 2000, the middle class has shrunk in size, fallen backward in income and wealth, and shed some—but by no means all—of its characteristic faith […]
Video: Lost Decade of the Middle Class
Since 2000, the middle class has shrunk in size, fallen backward in income and wealth and shed some — but by no means all– of its characteristic faith in the future. Our new report explores how middle-class Americans view themselves, as well as their outlook on the future and on the presidential candidates who are […]
Residential Income Segregation Maps
View residential income segregation maps of top 10 U.S. metro areas.
Storify: Asian Americans
Video: The Rise of Asian Americans
Panel discussion on the Pew Research Center’s Asian Americans survey featuring Elaine Chao, Neera Tanden, Benjamin Wu, Karthick Ramakrishnan and Tritia Toyota.
The Rise of Asian Americans
Asian Americans are more satisfied than the general public with their lives, finances and the direction of the country, according to a comprehensive new nationwide survey by the Pew Research Center.
Young, Underemployed and Optimistic
Young adults hit hard by the recession. A plurality of the public believes young adults, rather than middle-aged or older adults, are having the toughest time in today’s economy.
Reports from this dataset include, “Home Sweet Home. Still.”, “Is College Worth It?”, “Women See Value and Benefits of College; Men Lag on Both Fronts, Survey Finds”, “The Digital Revolution and Higher Education”
Video: The Military-Civilian Gap
These videos and an audio slideshow discuss the findings from surveys of veterans and the general public that examine the rewards and burdens of military service.