U.S. household incomes soared in 2015. Number of people in poverty declines by 3.5 million.

by Jim Tankersley

Graffiti on a Baltimore street. Photo: John Brucato/ Flickr
Graffiti on a Baltimore street. Photo: John Brucato/ Flickr

Middle-class Americans and the poor in 2015 enjoyed their best year of economic improvement in decades, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday, a spike that broke a long streak of disappointment for American workers but did not fully repair the damage inflicted by the Great Recession.