The year 2000 was in many ways a high-water mark for America’s middle class, but the 17 indicators below show that since that time, things haven’t been the same.
On most measures, Americans are worse off than they were 12 years ago. On the bright side, many of the metrics show modest progress as the nation emerges from a decade of hard knocks.
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This article appears in the April 26, 2013, edition of National Journal Magazine as Measuring the Middle Class.