SOCIO-ECONOMICS & Chart Showing Income Needed to be Middle Class & Changes Over Last 30 Years

by Jason M. Breslow and Evan Wexler, Public Broadcasting Network, July 9, 2013.
Middle class incomes have shrunk 8.5 percent since 2000, after enjoying mostly steady growth during the previous decade. In 2011, the average income for the middle 60 percent of households stood at $53,042, down from $58,009 at the start of the millennium.