Yes, The Middle Class Is Shrinking... Because Americans Are Moving Up

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Posted: Sep 13, 2019 9:22 AM

The U.S. Census Bureau has reported its income distribution data for the United States in 2018. This animated chart shows what the cumulative distribution of income in the U.S. looks like for individuals, families, and households, looping through each on five second intervals.

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Looking just at the distribution of household income over time, Mark Perry shows a pretty remarkable finding for the middle class contained within the Census Bureau's historic income distribution data since 1967:

If you look at the right hand side of the chart, it's not just middle income earning households that are moving up into higher income echelons - after adjusting for inflation, the lowest income earning households are too!