Rising costs for middle class

Middle class income fell over the last decade, but it costs more to buy a home, pay your medical bills, and buy groceries.

Middle class makes less but pays more
Middle class makes less but pays more

In the first ten years of the 21st century, middle-class income fell but prices for many staples have risen sharply.

According to new census data, American households at the middle of the pay scale, made $49,445 last year. Even after adjusting for inflation, that means they're making about 7% less than they did just 10 years earlier.

During the same time, prices went up on new homes, healthcare, college, groceries and even movie theater tickets.

Take a look at what you paid for these common items and more in 2010, versus a decade earlier.



By Annalyn Censky - Last updated September 20 2011: 5:33 PM ET
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