According to a new Pew Research Center poll the American middle class has fallen from 61% in 1971 to 50% in 2015. During the same period the lower class increased from 16% to 20%; the lower middle class stayed at 9%; the upper middle class increased from 10% to 12% and the upper class increased from 4% to 9%. Pew defined the middle class according to family size. For 2015 a family of 3 fell into the middle class if its income was between $42,000 and $126,000 in 2014.

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