The 2011 MetLife Study of the American Dream reflects an uncertain era where achieving a prosperous American Dream is no longer a monolithic, singular concept. The survey uncovers emerging trends that show Americans are less concerned with material issues, and that life’s traditional markers of success — getting married, buying a house, having a family, building wealth — do not matter as much to them today. Rather, a new “do it yourself” American Dreams is rising, one that focuses more on achieving personal fulfillment over financial success. And while most Americans recognize the importance of having a financial safety net to build and protect their dream, achieving one is proving extremely difficult. Still, the desire remains strong.
View the 2011 press release