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February 5, 2016
This photo of earth, as seen from the moon by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows Africa, the south Atlantic Ocean and the eastern edge of South America. The large tan area on the upper right is the Sahara Desert.
Share of American Adults in each income tier
About half of American adults – 120.8 million out of 242.1 million – live in middle-income households as of early 2015, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of government data. In percentage terms, 50% of adults now live in middle-income households, 29% in lower-income households, and 21% in upper-income households. Use the calculator find out which group you are in.
Invest in Downtown
 
The Community Builders Blog features a video on the value of mixed-use downtown development. The video provides economic data that shows why investing in your Main Street is a better long term plan for your community. Main Street economic development improves a town’s tax-base, while cutting a town's expenditure on basic services and infrastructure.
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