The American Dream Prosperity Index


Key Findings from 2022



The American Dream Prosperity Index (ADPI) offers a set of unique and holistic insights into what is driving and constraining change at a state and county level. It highlights those challenges that are shared across the United States, but also pinpoints where problems are local, shaped by a wide variety of societal and economic issues. The Index is a leading barometer of American social and economic prosperity, to help shape agendas for change at the state and local level.

The 2022 ADPI highlights the following in particular:

  • While U.S. prosperity rebounded post-pandemic in 2022; looking forward inflation may threaten further progress.

  • U.S. prosperity increased across America in all states in varying degrees, except in North Dakota; but it remains unequally distributed within states.

  • High and rising gun crime, across all but six states, is impacting Americans’ individual sense of their security.

  • Mental health levels have weakened in all states.

  • A continuing decline in social cohesion and group relationships at all levels of America’s society risks impeding a common resolve to addressing the barriers to prosperity.

A comprehensive analysis of these and other findings is available in the Executive Summary.

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