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Inside the Middle Class

What is the middle class thinking? And who exactly is in the middle class? This thoughtful 169-page report from the Pew Research Center looks at the attitudes and lives of the American middle class in a way that will fascinate journalists, policy practitioners, and others. The report was released in April 2008, and visitors can read the entire report at their leisure, or they can also glance over an executive summary. The document is divided into two large chapters: "A Self Portrait" and "A Statistical Report". Along the way, visitors will note that there are numerous graphs, charts, and tables sprinkled through the text that help visually illuminate key patterns and trends. Overall, the report offers up a number of interesting findings, including the observation that about half of all Americans think of themselves as middle class and that for the past two decades middle income Americans have been spending and borrowing more.
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