posted on Jun, 14 2014 @ 06:06 PM
a reply to: xuenchen
Fancy living up in Canada? Granted, it’s a bit chilly. But the middle class up there has just blown by the U.S. as the world’s most affluent.
America’s wealthy are leaping ahead of the rest of much of the globe, but the middle class is falling behind. So are the poor. That’s the sobering
news from the latest research put out by LIS, a group based in Luxembourg and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
After taxes, the Canadian middle class now has a higher income than its American counterpart. And many European countries are closing in on us. Median
incomes in Western European countries are still a bit lower than those of the U.S., but the gap in several countries, including the Netherlands,
Sweden and Britain, is significantly smaller than it was a decade ago. However, if you take into account the cost of things like education, retirement
and healthcare in America, those European countries’ middle classes are in much better shape than ours because the U.S. government does not provide
as much for its citizens in these areas. So the income you get has to be saved for these items.