Not saying your wrong bout avg salary bc in sure you pulled em up from somewhere but I'm having a hard time buying the avg being 42k. W america no longer producing things there aren't near as many production based jobs. Thus leaving us with service jobs. Im no economist by any means but id be willing to be there are more people w/ out degrees than with. So where does this leave the one w no degree in a service industry? Retail and such, no ones making 42k in retail. While there are still jobs that make money the top and bottom are so far apart. Where's the middle class? Even if you are making the 42k you can't get too far w it. 300k dolla home and a 40k dolla car on 42k a year???