Since the 2016 U.S. presidential election, there’s been an outsized focus on the “American Heartland.” Even in the tech industry, whose center of power is mostly contained on the West Coast, companies and executives are having conversations about how to shift more resources to parts of the country they’ve typically overlooked.
Now, a report out today from the Brookings Institution and the Walton Family Foundation aims to quantify just how the Heartland is doing.
Entitled “the state of the Heartland,” the report compares how the states in the middle of the country fare on 25 different counts, ranging from standard measures of economic prosperity like employment rate and average wages to health metrics like adult obesity and opioid prescription rate per 100 residents. Overall, the report found that while the Heartland is growing and adding more jobs, many of the states that encompass the region are growing at a slower rate than the rest of the country. And nowhere is this more evident than on measures of human capital.