States Where the Middle Class Is Disappearing

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20. Maryland
> Chg. in share of households in the middle class: -1.0 ppt. (from 58.0% in ’99 to 57.0% in ’17)
> Median household income in 1999: $52,868 (3rd highest)
> Median household income in 2017: $80,776 (the highest)
> 1999-2017 population growth: +14.3% (24th largest)

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19. West Virginia
> Chg. in share of households in the middle class: -1.0 ppt. (from 62.1% in ’99 to 61.1% in ’17)
> Median household income in 1999: $29,696 (the lowest)
> Median household income in 2017: $43,469 (the lowest)
> 1999-2017 population growth: +0.4% (2nd smallest)

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18. Arkansas
> Chg. in share of households in the middle class: -1.2 ppt. (from 64.0% in ’99 to 62.8% in ’17)
> Median household income in 1999: $32,182 (3rd lowest)
> Median household income in 2017: $45,869 (3rd lowest)
> 1999-2017 population growth: +12.4% (24th smallest)

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17. South Carolina
> Chg. in share of households in the middle class: -1.3 ppt. (from 64.6% in ’99 to 63.3% in ’17)
> Median household income in 1999: $37,082 (13th lowest)
> Median household income in 2017: $50,570 (9th lowest)
> 1999-2017 population growth: +25.2% (11th largest)

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16. Louisiana
> Chg. in share of households in the middle class: -1.3 ppt. (from 60.1% in ’99 to 58.8% in ’17)
> Median household income in 1999: $32,566 (4th lowest)
> Median household income in 2017: $46,145 (4th lowest)
> 1999-2017 population growth: +4.8% (10th smallest)