"In an Improving Economy, Places in Distress"


Author: Karl Russell

Date: February 24, 2016

As the most prosperous communities in the United
States have gotten richer since the end of the Great
Recession in 2009, economic conditions in many distressed
areas have deteriorated even further.

The Counties and Cities

A new report by the Economic Innovation Group, based on an analysis of Census Bureau data, found that a number of cities in the old industrial heartland are still among the worst even as surrounding areas have improved markedly. By contrast, the pain has been more spread out in states across the Sun Belt.

The Factors

The seven factors used were chosen to reflect root causes of distress when combined into the overall score.