median household income

The Decline of the Middle Class Explained in One Easy Graphic

For years, economists, analysts, politicians and pundits have bemoaned the steady decline of the middle class -- and, odds are, you've felt what they're talking about from the inside. But that's not the same as seeing the data laid out in front of you.

Median Family Wealth Is at a 43-Year Low, Study Finds

A recent study by NYU economics professor Edward N. Wolff puts the decline of the American middle class in a whole new perspective: According to Wolff's calculations, the median net worth of American households has now reached a 43-year low. And that's not only troubling statistic he found.

America's 10 Poorest Cities

America's road to economic recovery has been long and slow -- and uneven. Some parts of the country are doing a lot worse than others. It's a pattern that shows up in the jobs numbers, poverty rates, foreclosures. But if you want a quick, simple gauge of how any part of the U.S. is doing economically, just look at its median household income.

Why Housing's Bottom Is Still a Few Years Away

As foreclosures continue to increase and more homeowners find themselves underwater, it's hard to argue that housing values has ended their fall. But when will the market finally bottom out? Recent data suggests we have a few more years to go.