ReportsSeptember 12, 2012

A Recovery No Better than the Recession

The median income of American households decreased by as much in the two years after the official end of the Great Recession as it did during the recession itself. The latest estimates from the Census Bureau show that the median income for U.S. households in 2011 was $50,054.1 In 2009, the year the Great Recession […]

Multi-section ReportsAugust 22, 2012

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 […]

Multi-section ReportsJune 19, 2012

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.

ReportsApril 30, 2008

Who Wants To Be Rich?

Only 13% of adults say it’s “very important” for them to be wealthy, ranking this personal priority far behind six others measured in a new survey .