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If You Want the American Dream, You Might Want to Move to Canada

As income inequality battles are fought out in the United States’ political arena, it’s getting harder and harder to sell the dream of American prosperity and economic comfort.

Case in point: The U.S. middle class, long considered one of the most affluent in the world, is falling behind its global counterparts, namely Canada.

Canada has steadily outperformed the U.S. in after-tax income in the bottom earning percentiles. Publicly available data from the LIS Cross-National Data Center and the New York Times shows that, for the first time in more than 30 years, the Canadian middle class earns just as much as the median bracket of Americans.

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