Inter-generational social mobility in the US, recently suspected to be in decline, is actually quite stable. What is quite different, however, is the geography of mobility. Some metro areas experience great mobility, others have dire generational poverty issues. So the overall pattern has not changed, but the part of America a child is born into greatly affects lifetime mobility. The highest mobility is in Salt Lake City, Pittsburgh, and San Jose. The lowest is in Raleigh, Atlanta, and Charlotte.
Inter-Generational US Social Mobility Stable, not Declining