Social Classes in United States


Many of the United states people think that they are a nation and social classes do not exist and they are better off unlike it used to be several years ago. The research paper discuss on the way people relate and their social groups in U.S. it elaborates on how people divide themselves in different social classes due to some factors contributing to them to behave in this manner. During the research, it is also discovered on how gender and revolution of change affected social classes in America. Moreover, age and wealth are also touched in the research as the leading factors contributing to the encouragement of social class in America.  Also the effects of social class are discussed both positive and negative and it concludes with the ways it can be abolished in the country. Furthermore the paper in conclusion it examine how the social classes persist in United States seeking to provide some of the examples demonstrating on the inequalities brought by it.


The term social class refers to a very wide range of elites in US or they can be referred to as blue-blooded. To add on that, some divisions are observed between the upper and lower classes.  According to the research carried out in the country, statistics show that, less than 5% of the United States citizens belong to upper class and the same group of people managing the United States corporate world. In United States social classes are looked at according to economic factors which include income, wealth, jobs, education with the socio-economic issues or status. On the other hand, social scientist discovered and believes that, it is very difficult in categorizing social classes within the U.S in cliché terms of poor, middle class and rich people because of the countries diversity both economically and culturally.

There are theories by social philosophers where judicious living maxim is found and poverty is the best policy. The theory states that, when you have wealth, other people will have a duty of supporting you. No doubt about on the contradicting theories when it comes to class relations whereby, our society is largely controlled in all the organization by a set of doctrines and it still have the old social theories survival which are inconsistent with former. In our modern America, social structure is contract based and its status is of least importance unlike in early years whereby, the society depended on social groups that defended it, created strong ties between themselves and was very sentimental.  Recent experience in America is very instructive and through prosperity which greatly reduced differences in class. During the recent era of abundance, Americans numbers of influential voices have been in front line to advertise and social classes within are withering away. The people in the nation achieved unparallel equality.

Poverty is one key factor contributing to the social class emergence. In America poverty varies and persists in a very inexcusably rates which are high throughout America. Clearly, it affects certain groups more than the others but it is the most contributors that are commonly identified in bringing poor health, social inequity among groups and lowering of education status. When someone has poor education qualification, social class differs from the educated because with education status one is unable to identify relationship direction. However, it is assumed that poverty contributes much in reduction of opportunity of accessing quality education thus lack of education to greater height contributing to increase in poverty leading to different social classes of the poor and rich, educated and un educated. The relationship between general well being and social class are very troublesome and persistent. Those people in middle and upper social classes are very different when it comes to life matters. As observed, not only opportunities are different, but also gender relations and social positions of the community members differ at different ages.

Most of the Americans have a sense of living in a very extreme and complicated social class system and the think that everything done in the states of America is through status consideration and this subject remaining murky. In the book social class in America, the citizens tend to be straightening their ties and also sneak a glance so that they can see the far fraying has advanced through their manacles.  In his book, inequality the decline age in 1980. Blumberg Paul the sociologist referred to social class as the American forbidden thought whereby the idea of class in America is seen as notably embarrassing. In America, class distinctions are very complicated delicate that the foreign visitors miss nuances in many occasions and at times class structure existence. Fable of equality has been so powerful and as Trollope called it in her tour in America 1832. The government is so embarrassed to handle the subject and thousand of measurements come from bureaus and social class is not recognized and visitors are unable to see the or even notice the way class system operates.

In the United States, social class results were less positive and more harmful to the communities. An example of the social class impact is health case. People from different social class tend to access health level facilities depending on class. The lowest social class are of great risk of dying before the attain 65 years and are always sick throughout their lives while the ones in middle class being healthier than the one in lower. The upper class people are the healthiest when comparing three groups.  The social classes affect people's health because the lower class is barred from accessing health promoting activities and resources such as preventive exams and healthy foods.  Mostly, the lower social class is prone to dangerous neighborhood, environmental toxins, and work-related hazards with poor opportunities to access recreational facilities. The factors then increase the risk of dying and being ill which as discussed may perpetuate poverty cycle between generations and individuals.

Racial social classes were also seen in America in early years. The black American were discriminated the other races socially and some of them were not allowed to attend the same schools with other races. Shopping malls used to sell only for the whites and even recreational centres, health facilities and offices were not shared among them. Social classes emerged through this thus rendering the black American poor due to lack of access to quality resources. However, today the society has changed into social classes in terms of wealth and power not races.


The social classes persistent is primarily disturbing because, though America is termed to be having a stable economy, many people are languishing in poverty because of the rise in discrimination of others in terms of social class. Lower social classes suffer because of inability to access and explore resources unlike the other from middle and upper classes. Also the government should check on how poverty is brought through social issues and also improve the access to resources for everyone despite of class as a priority. As a former socialist editor Barrett Williams stated, classes' makes societies to look like Utopian illusion. Classes in the society causes negative impacts more than positive and the only way to reduce or end the negative impacts in the society is through crushing them and allows only one class of all Americans.