American Dream Prosperity Index

The American Dream Prosperity Index is focused on developing a comprehensive picture of prosperity for all 50 states, the District of Columbia and nearly 1,500 counties in a number of selected states.

The American Dream Prosperity Index is a unique collaboration between the Legatum Institute and the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream (MCAAD).

Since its launch in 2019, the American Dream Prosperity Index (formerly the United States Prosperity Index)  has become a leading barometer of American social and economic prosperity and is being used to shape agendas for change at the state and local levels.

The Index assesses a combination of institutional, economic, and social indicators provided by a range of different organizations across the United States, yielding a broad and rich measure of prosperity, which is more than mere economic or financial well-being.

The Index is underpinned by more than 200 indicators, sourced from over 90 distinct and diverse data sources, helping ensure it is nonpartisan. Grouping these indicators into 49 discrete actionable elements, the Index provides a comprehensive prosperity assessment of each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, together with nearly 1,500 counties from 17 selected states.

The resulting Index allows us to compare states and counties across a range of criteria as well as provide a composite prosperity ranking for each place, and how this prosperity has changed over time.

Through this new partnership, we continue to be ambitious to further build inclusive communities, driven by open economies and with empowered people, that will benefit all Americans.