The Changing US Economy: 12 States of the Union

The most recent issue of the Atlantic has a piece surveying rise of income equality in the US.  Without joining the article’s discussion about whether this inequality is due to changing economics or changing politics, it is worth checking out the interactive map that comes with it.  It segments the US population into  what are essentially 12 sub-economies and shows how they are distributed by county across the entire country.  You can check it out here.

In a previous post, we discussed how the US is also segregating by education level.  You can follow the links on that post to a map showing education levels.  Note how closely these two maps line up.  Those counties participating in the more affluent of the 12 sub-economies are also the ones with the higher levels of education.  Just more proof of the importance of talent to local economic prosperity.

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