Rising income inequality shrinking number of those living in middle class neighborhoods

A new study is placing a renewed focus on the impact economic inequality is having on the middle class and, more importantly, whether it limits social mobility.

The report, to be released on today by the Brown University and the Russell Sage Foundation, finds that in the last four years the number of families living in neighborhoods defined as middle class fell from 65 percent to 44 percent.

According to a New York Times report, one of the study’s authors says future generations will bear the brunt of this change as children living in mostly poor neighborhoods “tend to have less access to high-quality schools, child care and preschool, as well as to support networks or educated and economically stable neighbors who might serve as role models.”

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