2012 American Dream State Ranking Report

Ed BurghardThe American Dream

“That dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for every man, with an opportunity for each according to his ability or achievement”. James Truslow Adams,The Epic of America

 It is the Dream that attracts over 1 million immigrants a year to the USA. It is the Dream that inspires the “can do” attitude of Americans to overcome seemingly impossible odds and shapes the culture of a nation.

But, how authentic is the American Dream? The Xavier University has assembled a team of researchers who have made it their mission to understand the nature and health of the American Dream. And, while their 2011 American Dream Survey suggests it is remaining resilient in the face of a sluggish economic recovery, a recent analysis of the 2012 data suggests not all states are created equal when it comes to the extent to which people living in their state are realizing the American Dream.

The 2012 American Dream State Ranking Report provides the answer. The Report ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia on their American Dream Composite Index™ (ADCI) score.

The ADCI is a unique and robust measure of American sentiment. It reveals what people living in the USA do, strive for, work for, wish for, and ultimately hope for as they assume the multiple roles in their life. It is the first measurement that quantifies the American Dream in its entirety. It gauges the authenticity of the American Dream by assessing the extent to which people living in the USA are achieving it.

In collaboration with Xavier University, the Strengthening Brand America Project is making the ADCI data available on a state basis. Elected officials and business executives can now compare the ability of people living in each state to achieve the American Dream. Elected officials can evaluate short falls in performance to identify opportunities for improvement so appropriate strategies can be put in place to enable more of the American Dream to be achieved by people living in their state. CEOs can compare states to help determine where to establish business operations so their employees live in a state where the American Dream is more easily realized.

“We are optimistic the ADCI will become a new performance measure for the economic development profession, and catalyze discussion at the community, region and state level on strategies to enable people living there to more fully achieve the American Dream.” Dr. Greg Smith

So, which states offer their residents the greatest chance of achieving the American Dream, and which states are lagging behind?

To view the complete set of State rankings based on the ADCI and five explanatory sub-indexes, simply click this button

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For additional information on the ADCI click HERE.


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