Wisconsin is the worst among all 50 states in terms of a shrinking middle class, according to data collected by the Pew Charitable Trust.
The Pew report showed that median household incomes fell 14.7 percent between 2000 and 2013 in the state. In 2000, the median household income was $60,344. In 2013, it fell to $51,467.
Wisconsin also reported the largest decline in the percentage of families considered to be “middle class.”
“In most states, the growing percentage of households paying 30 percent (the federal standard for housing affordability) or more of their income on housing illustrates that it is increasingly difficult for many American families to make ends meet,” the report stated.
Wisconsin once had the largest middle class in the Midwest, and the Pew report showed damage to the state's “progressive tradition,” according to Citizen Action of Wisconsin member Kevin Kane.
“Our recent experiment in Wisconsin to undermine this legacy has brought us the greatest contraction of the middle class in the country,” Kane said.
While all 50 states showed some decline in middle class households, Wisconsin's was the most significant at 5.7 percent. Ohio ranked second, with a 5.2 percent decline.