Worcester’s middle class is shrinking, report finds

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Worcester’s middle class has shrunk in the past decade, with more households often finding themselves in or near poverty, according to a report by the Worcester Regional Research Bureau.

The city’s middle class — households making between $35,000 and $150,000 — has contracted from 54.8% of the population in 2009 to 52.0% in 2018, the nonpartisan research institute reported in an annual regional almanac Tuesday, citing U.S. Census data.

Most of those struggled with less prosperity. Households earning less than $35,000 rose from 5.6% of the population to 8.3% over that time.

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