County Rankings
California
County
Overall Prosperity
Inclusive Societies
Safety and Security
Personal Freedom
Social Capital
Open Economies
Business Environment
Infrastructure
Economic Quality
Empowered People
Living Conditions
Health
Education
Natural Environment
San Mateo1610472323262316
Marin217143149231419314
Santa Clara317267847714121227
Placer444241491191331759
San Francisco5355635311225104422
Orange62512445212379145841
Alameda7274911055410746644
El Dorado8793015191544116311102
Santa Cruz92242318161441631181611
Contra Costa101322211768181128957
Ventura1191611131112228125141730
San Diego121217389101011151318101133
Yolo131414281813291561413161234
Nevada14161131282223251781113137
Sonoma158131512201324241519121528
San Benito1652371629402921172419306
Napa17201558615143091820152129
San Luis Obispo182123212032213435102323710
Mono192320512117516192117173320
Los Angeles204543134864516323392756
Sacramento213041172412810272530252438
Santa Barbara22402185616173822234202525
Amador23115423345305138208303713
Sierra24315545535639341916281432
Riverside254129553253212452827313518
Monterey262435191734253736293622495
Solano274955182927222729247212654
Colusa28156473518383154521495252
Calaveras293628413440483540231535363
Butte3029341036361840503029532019
Tuolumne3139363930373642392725293231
Stanislaus323853572262621323737363936
Inyo3331374919424152232638273114
Sutter3444403239302720474044384026
Shasta3552522544311943203645562217
San Bernardino365448654243118333940394321
Glenn3726194532233336125026545845
San Joaquin3842471227332419544239374435
Plumas3946454826383948303543322842
Alpine401035623555647423835262358
Humboldt4148462938462855253352481812
Fresno425651957212013434348344240
Lassen4337254343525253463422474515
Mendocino444744334143375031415446411
Yuba4533273442475526554450444723
Tulare462239164393446375851415753
Imperial4719182025514641575456334650
Mariposa481885046585849513132242946
Kings4934312737484745494941434851
Merced5028382222444228585246425543
Lake515350365135491653515558508
Madera5250332655415032485549405448
Del Norte5343324649495433565642575339
Tehama5457583547504554264657523824
Kern5558575458283517415347455147
Modoc5651425340544458284828505649
Siskiyou5732304031564357445753553455
Trinity5855545250575356524758511937
Column Definitions
Safety and Security

The Safety & Security pillar measures the degree to which mass killings and injuries, violent crime, and property crime destabilize the security of individuals, both immediately and through longer lasting effects.

Personal Freedom

The Personal Freedom pillar measures progress towards basic legal rights, individual liberties, and social tolerance.

Governance

The Governance pillar measures the extent to which there are checks and restraints on power and whether government operates effectively and without corruption.

Social Capital

The Social Capital pillar measures the strength of personal and social relationships, institutional trust, social networks, and civic participation.

Business Environment

The Business Environment pillar measures the entrepreneurial environment, business infrastructure, access to credit, labor market flexibility, and price distortions for goods and services.

Infrastructure

The Infrastructure pillar measures the quality of the infrastructure that facilities trade – from telecommunications and transport to the availability and reliability of resources.

Economic Quality

The Economic Quality pillar measures how well the economy is equipped to generate wealth sustainably and with the full engagement of its workforce.

Living Conditions

The Living Conditions pillar measures the degree to which a reasonable quality of life is experienced by all, including material resources, shelter, basic services, and connectivity.

Health

The Health pillar measures the health of the population, their illness and risk factors, and access to the services to maintain good health, including health systems, as well as health outcomes including mortality rates.

Education

The Education pillar measures the access to, and quality of, the four stages of education (pre-primary, primary, secondary, and tertiary), as well as the education level of the adult population.

Natural Environment

The Natural Environment pillar measures the aspects of the physical environment that have an immediate impact on people in their daily lives and also those that impact the prosperity of future generations.

How to use this table

The rankings tables show how 50 states and Washington D.C. plus 1,196 counties in 12 selected states compare across the different domains, pillars, elements, and indicators of the American Dream Prosperity Index. (Please note, element and indicator rankings are only displayed for the state level Index but are available for counties in the county profile datasheets available to download.)

We endeavor to create an Index that is methodologically sound, so have consulted a working group of academics and experts with knowledge spanning all of the metrics in the Index to determine the best way to measure prosperity across the U.S.

Our methodology is based on the concept of three domains, capturing institutional, economic, and social wellbeing, that are equally essential to prosperity. These domains are measured through 11 pillars, built upon 48 actionable policy areas (elements), and underpinned by over 200 indicators. For details of how each pillar, element, and indicator is currently weighted in the Index, you can download a copy of our full methodology report in the Downloads section of the site, along with the full 2021 dataset.

However, we know that different people may have different views on how important each metric is to a state or county's prosperity. So, we have created a Weightings tool that allows you to assign different weights - that is, different levels of importance - to the pillars, elements, and indicators.

If you click on the 'Adjust Weightings' button, you can choose to assign each metric in the current ranking table a value from x0 to x2 of the default ADPI weighting. The tool will then re-calculate the rankings based on your preferences. [Please note that the weighting function is intended to provide only an indicative understanding of how changing the weights can affect the rankings. For more information, please don't hesitate to contact us.]

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Weighting

This tool allows you to up- or down-weight individual metrics depending on what is important to you. Once you have made your selection, click the X in the top right corner or back onto the main page, and the table will update to provide an indication of the impact that change would have on a state or county's rank. The default ADPI setting weights all metrics as per our Index methodology (available to read in full in the Downloads section). Please note the resultant rankings are indicative only. For more details, please click on the 'How to use this table' button.

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The Governance pillar is not included in the table above as there is no county variation in Governance, all counties have been given the state score value.

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