Breaking Down the Middle Class
The share of each country’s total population has been divided into
five income bands. These bands are defined by dollar-per-day spending
amounts expressed in purchasing power parity terms. The middle-class
is defined by persons spending between $10 and $50 per day.
High > $50
Upper-Middle $20 - $50
Lower-Middle $10 - $20
Low $2 - $10
Hover over a country to see a detailed breakdown of its
The World Bank defines $1.90 per day as the global poverty line. Pew
Research Center adjusted this figure to $2 and added three additional
income levels with data obtained from PovcalNet and the Luxembourg
Income Study. The Pew Research Center bands and data have been used
(with minor modifications) for this research.
CSIS China Power Project | Source: Pew Research