The new report found that by 2010, just under 50-percent of Californians were living in families considered middle income. In 1980, it was 60-percent. Sarah Bohn with the P.P.I.C. says she examined survey data from the Census Bureau for the report.
"I was most surprised to find that even at high levels of income families saw sizeable declines during the recession, but it was low income families that took the larger hits in their income through 2010."