What Americans say it takes to be middle class | Pew Research Center

Note: defining what "middle class" is tough, in the context of survey respondents and their interpretation of what that is.


What does it take to be considered part of the middle class these days? The vast majority of American adults agree that a secure job and the ability to save money for the future are essential. The public is more evenly split when it comes to owning a home and having the time and money to travel for vacation. But one thing is now less likely to be seen as a requirement: a college education.