Regardless of how many Americans say they’re middle class, the number actually living in middle class neighborhoods has plummeted
by Ryan Streeter on April 28, 2016. Follow Ryan on Twitter.
This new study by Sean Reardon and Kendra Bischoff builds on the theme in this post and expands our perspective on what is perhaps one of the most important and complicated socioeconomic issues of our time: growing segregation in America by income.
This graph shows how wealth and poverty are concentrating more and more at the expense of the middle class:
The authors write:
The results presented in this report show that from 2007 to 2012 income segregation continued on the long upward trajectory that began in 1980. During the 2007‐2012 period—which spans the start of the Great Recession and the early years of recovery—middle‐class, mixed‐income neighborhoods became less common as more and more neighborhoods of concentrated poverty and concentrated affluence developed. These are not new trends, but the increase in segregation in the last five years exacerbates the increase of economically polarized communities that has occurred over the last four decades.
This table adds some detail: