by Samantha Jiménez
Hispanics stand out in their emphasis on college education and homeownership as necessities for being middle class.
"The importance of a secure job and health insurance for the middle class is accepted by Americans of all races. But adults of different races and ethnicities differ in their views about other things. Compared with blacks and whites, Hispanics put higher values on homeownership (63%), a college education (61%) and investments such as stocks or bonds (46%). Blacks are less likely than Hispanics to view these items as necessities to the middle class but are more likely than whites to think so."
—Pew Social & Democratic Trends