Infographic courtesy of the Brookings Institution

Middle class surviving in cities, Brookings study says



Infographic courtesy of the Brookings Institution
A study by the Brookings Institution used 2013 income data to determine the percentage of middle class households in American cities. Over 62 percent of households in Kansas City and its suburbs fell into middle class quintiles. Click on the graphic to see more interactive data.| Infographic courtesy of the Brookings Institution

The idea that the middle class is disappearing in most American cities isn’t backed by the numbers, according to a recent Brookings Institution analysis of income data. And Kansas City and its largest suburbs offer proof of that.

The Brookings study used 2013 household income data to divide households in each city into quintiles. In Kansas City, Mo., 62.4 percent of households fell into three middle quintiles — or the middle class.

The middle class in Kansas City’s suburbs ranged from 58.8 percent (Lee’s Summit) to 68.6 percent (Independence) in the middle quintiles.

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