The Emergence of the Global Heartland

Landesflaggen vor der Messe

A major shift in the demographic evolution of America is occurring, largely out of sight in the national media, but profoundly affecting communities throughout the Heartland. The 20 state region,i which extends between the Appalachians and the Rockies, has for generations been largely unaffected by the massive movement of people from abroad that has so… Continue reading The Emergence of the Global Heartland

Is Racial Economic Inequality Worse in Rural Areas? Spoiler Alert: It Ain’t

An analysis of the success gap between Black and white individuals, not only how it varies by region and ruralness of the childhood community, but also how the relationship between the success gap and ruralness varies by region. It is well-established that, in the United States, the likelihood of a Black individual being economically successful… Continue reading Is Racial Economic Inequality Worse in Rural Areas? Spoiler Alert: It Ain’t


Reshoring is the relocation of production facilities to, or the creation of new ones in, the United States. Many domestic and foreign companies are recognizing the strategic advantages of locating in the United States, such as protecting intellectual property, shortening supply chains and shrinking wage differentials between the United States, China and other overseas locations.

Most Dynamic Micropolitans 2019

The Most Dynamic Micropolitan Index, which ranks the 531 micropolitan areas across the U.S., analyzes the economic performance and indicators that impact the social and economic fabric of America. As American as baseball, hot dogs and apple pie, Main Street America – and its small towns – is a central component to understanding the economic… Continue reading Most Dynamic Micropolitans 2019

Most Dynamic Metropolitans 2020

Our Most Dynamic Metropolitan Index and the analysis in this report provide objective insight into the communities providing economic opportunity for their residents, separating high performers from the low.

Most Dynamic Micropolitans 2020

The newest installment of the annual report, “Most Dynamic Micropolitan Regions,” that ranks 515 micropolitans–regions by their economic performance. Out of the micropolitans that Heartland Forward analyzed, Pecos, Texas; Jackson, Wyoming-Idaho; and Summit Park, Utah ranked as the first, second, and third most dynamic micropolitans. Tourism, energy, and robust entrepreneurship were the most common strengths among the top 30 places.

Does Geography Determine Destiny?

We are all invested in the idea of upward economic mobility, grounded in the notion that with hard work, we can build a better life for ourselves, our communities and our children. Unfortunately, the analysis in this report makes it clear that the distribution of opportunity has been and continues to be uneven.