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.


Are you in the American middle class? Find out with our income calculator

About half of American adults lived in middle-income households in 2014, according to anew Pew Research Center analysis of government data. In percentage terms, 51% of adults lived in middle-income households, 29% in lower-income households and 20% in upper-income households.


Western's Economic Impact on West Central Illinois Tops $473 Million

MACOMB, IL -- Since Western Illinois University was established in 1899, the regional public university has contributed economically, culturally and philanthropically to the region. A recent study released by the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs' Rural Economic Technical Assistance Center (RETAC) indicates that Western's economic impact within a 16-county region in central Illinois is approximately $473 million.

The complete study can be found at wiu.edu/users/miiira/Newsletter/WIU_Economic_Impact_2016.pdf.

Economic impact studies are just one of the services that the Robin Hanna at the Rural Economic Technical Assistance Center (RETAC) can provide for rural communities.

Contact Robin Hanna for more information.


AM I Rural?

Here is a neat little site from the Rural Health Information HUB (formerly the Rural Assistance Center or RAC). It is called the "Am I Rural? Tool". All you need to do is type in an address and it will give you the health statistics for that area and how that address is formally defined.