Are Americans Better Off?

Brookings Institute published an article by Ben Bernanke that provides a nuanced (and perhaps self-justifying) perspective. Comments are welcome.

You can compare the analysis by Hochschild in her book, "Strangers in Their Own Land reviewed here" and another analysis in the Brookings Institute by Carol Graham et al., entitled "The Geography of Desperation in America." 

The Atlantic provides facts on murder rate with an interactive test of your perception.