Middle Class

The overall income of Americans grew at the fastest rate, with paychecks getting their biggest boost since the end of the Great Recession.

Across America, the median income of the middle class dropped from 55 percent in 2000, to 51 percent in 2014.

Pew Research says Black and Hispanic parents see the need for a college degree more than White parents do. The researchers say the difference is based in aspiration and resources.