Visualizing The Collapse Of The Middle Class In 20 Major U.S. Cities

Sunday, April 23, 2017
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Apr 22, 2017

When future historians look back at the beginning of the 21st century, they’ll note that we grappled with many big issues. They’ll write about the battle between nationalism and globalism, soaring global debt, a dysfunctional healthcare system, societal concerns around automation and AI, and pushback on immigration. They will also note the growing number of populist leaders in Western democracies, ranging from Marine Le Pen to Donald Trump.

However, as Visual Cpitalist’s Jeff Desjardins notes, these historians will not view these ideas and events in isolation. Instead, they will link them all, at least partially, to an overarching trend that is intimately connected to today’s biggest problems: the “hollowing out” of the middle class.\


The fact is many people have less money in their pockets – and understandably, this has motivated people to take action against the status quo.

And while the collapse of the middle class and income inequality are issues that receive a fair share of discussion, we thought that this particular animation from Metrocosm helped to put things in perspective.

The following animation shows the change in income distribution in 20 major U.S. cities between 1970 and 2015:

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2 Responses to “Visualizing The Collapse Of The Middle Class In 20 Major U.S. Cities”

  1. Robert Edward Lee

    You gotta change that 45 man. How about a SOLUTION ?

  2. Concourse

    The ‘people’ got sick of non English speaking smelly rude foreign sales people NOT paying attention to them, no customer service and insisting you learn THEIR language if you want to communicate.

    They are paid nothing, and so stores close. Globalization! Yeahhhh! Malls will be used as indoor parks for exercise. Plenty of mall walkers around like me.

    Bye Bye USA!


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