DIY Middle Class

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There is no formal definition of the “middle class”, yet it is used frequently in public debate. Most Americans think that they belong to it, politicians represent it, but what is it?

This data visualization explores this fuzzy notion of “middle class”. I created it for the exhibit POORQUALITY: INEQUALITY.

It is an interactive website that asks you to provide your own definition of middle class. The site uses 2010 Census data to show how Americans across the country fit into the definition you provide. You are then asked your age and educational background, and the map updates to show you income statistics across the country that match your own.

© Dane Summers 2018