While a secure job and the ability to save money are still heavily agreed upon as key indicators of being middle class, other factors are dividing Americans. Pew Research Center staffer Anna Brown takes a look at the factors that specific demographics think play a part in determining a middle class standing.
One of the more divisive areas among the demographics is homeownership. In terms of race, Hispanics seem to find it most important. By region, those in the West seem to believe that this is an important factor:
For example, about six-in-ten Hispanics (57%) say that owning a home is necessary, compared with 38% of whites.
Those in the West are more likely than those in the Northeast or Midwest to say owning a home is a necessity.