By Jordan Weissmann | Slate | July 31, 2014 Excerpts: "You're probably aware that a great chunk of America is poorer today than before the housing crash. But recently, the Russel Sage Foundation delivered a reminder that middle-class wealth is in fact still lower than it was a generation ago. As shown on the graph below, the median household in 2013 was worth about 20 percent less than in 1984. As Allison Schrager writes over at Bloomberg Businessweek, middle class families are poorer today than in the Reagan days for two main reasons. For starters, housing collapsed - and for most Americans, their home is their biggest source of savings by far. Second, household debt has risen significantly over time. Because wealth is just the value of what we own minus what we owe, the typical family is now worth less than 30 years ago. Or is it closer to 45 years ago? In case the chart didn't make you depressed enough, consider this: New York University professor Edward Wolff has calculated that, by 2010, median net worth in the U.S. had plummeted to its lowest level since at least 1969. Now, Wolff's research and the Russell Sage report were based different data sets. But the newer numbers still suggest that middle-class wealth has declined a bit in the last four years. So when it comes to their financial health, many American households might well be stuck back in the age of Aquarius." see graph:: http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/...has_risen.html ...... IMO: As the graph shows:the median household in 2013 was worth about 20 percent less than in 1984. The typical family is worth less tan 30 years ago, much of due to the housing collapse. Because wealth is just the value of what we own minus what we owe, a median family's only large investment is their home plus what they owe, the housing collapse hit the average family more. Meanwhile, we see the wealthy profits rise continuously albeit the few burps on the way to over 125 percent in 2007 with no losses as the median family did in the steep minus 75 percentile downward to 2009 (new president inaugurated)where it is now inching upward slowly for the median family. The wealthy never lost their steady growth except for the few burps and their wealth increased by 125% from 1984 through much of G.W. Bush Administration until 2007 when America was almost broke from the 2 Bush Wars.