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What does it mean to be middle class in America and abroad?

An indian family walks out of the Jama Masjid mosque in Delhi, India. The middle class is growing in emerging countries as poverty drops.

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The world's poor are getting richer, and with that comes the rise of a global "middle class." But does that mean suburban America is taking root in countries like China and India?
The number of people living in extreme poverty is lower than ever, according to a report by the Center for Global Development. But be wary of equating "middle class" with "comfortable" in developing countries, says Slate's Joshua Keating, who notes that the African Development Bank has issued the oft-used statistic that “the middle class had risen to 34 percent of Africa’s population, or nearly 350 ...

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