The next few blog entries will touch on several aspects of culture and society in Mexico – especially for readers who might not be so familiar with life here. (for those who live here, it might be a little redundant … sorry!) pyramid 

Topic 1: The Socio-Economic Level Pyramid

Mexico is very divided into socio-economic levels using a pyramid that everyone knows about – and generally knows what level they belong to:

 

Socioeconomic Pyramide
Socioeconomic 

Pyramid

Here are some generalizations about each level:

 

A/B – highest, richest, generally best educated in top private schools, well-traveled (US and Europe trips), have nice houses, cars, maids/nannies, as well as possibly gardeners/chauffeurs/body guards, many married women dont work, many have family business or very well-paying jobs.

C – Technically the “middle class” – typically divided into 2 parts:

C+  The Upper Middle Class – might have similar access to private education as upper class, though less expensive schools, have well-paying white-collar jobs, houses, cars, etc, but have less disposable income as A/B, have maid/nanny but not chauffeur or body guard

C – more middle-class, have modest homes, no or shared/inexpensive cars, lower-paying jobs, private education but not at the best schools, might have a maid a couple times a week, limited savings, struggle to live decently

D – Also split between D+, the growing “upper lower class” and D, the lower class

Most do not have car, rent house (or live with large extended family in old, small-town house), work at more laborious jobs, attend public schools, limited education, women and men have to work, have large families, no savings

E – The mass of poor people – live day-to-day, struggle to afford basic necessities

This Pyramid permeates the entire society and culture as a guideline for class – and people generally treat others according to their class. This can translate into respect levels and general attention/effort paid differing according to socioeconomic level.

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