what it is · what it means
Opticos principal Daniel Parolek coined the phrase in 2010, but almost a decade later, many of us still have no idea what it means.
According to Optics, the “missing middle” is a “range of multi-unit or clustered housing types compatible in scale with single-family homes that help meet the growing demand for walkable urban living.” Examples of this type of housing include:
the stats · the effects
People also use “missing middle” to describe America’s shrinking Middle Class. This is causing a domino effect in housing.
The number of middle-income households dropped by 12% from 1970 to 20161. Only lower-income and upper-income households grew. A number of middle-income households simply are not able to save or qualify to buy their own home.
These changes have lead to:
am i middle class · comparison
Pew Research updated its Class Calculator in 2018. about half of American adults lived in middle income households in 2016.
The numbers for adults break down like this:
What group are you in? Check out the class calculator to find out.
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