Mapping the Hourly Wage Needed to Rent a 2-Bedroom Apartment in Every U.S. State

The map shows much an American worker needs to earn per hour in each state to rent a two-bedroom apartment. It finds that in no state can a person earning minimum wage afford such an apartment at market rent.


Changing face of rural Illinois, future implications

“A healthy farm economy needs a healthy rural economy,” said Chris Merrett, director of the Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University during the Illinois Farm Bureau Governmental Affairs Leadership Conference in Springfield.


WIU-QC to Host Small Business Development Center and International Trade Center

Western Illinois University announced today (Feb. 28) that the University is expanding its Small Business Development Center (SBDC) operations, which is under the direction of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA), to the Quad Cities Riverfront campus. An International Trade Center (ITC) will also be established as part of the SBDC presence at the QC campus.


Animated map shows the best and worst states to raise your family.

Illinois ranks fourth in the nation for offering the highest median family salary.


A Complex Portrait of Rural America

New Census data show that the real differences between the city and the country may not match up with popular perception.


Rural Health Information Hub

Rural Health Information Hub provides access to selected content from our site via RSS (Real Simple Syndication) feeds. Each feed includes a headline, brief description, and a link to the full information.


Explore Visual Insights from the Distressed Communities Index, provided by the Economic Innovation Group

The Distressed Communities Index is a composite measurement of economic well-being calculated at the zip, city, county, state, and congressional district level based on 7 indicators.