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.