Feb 13, 2015 Hint: It has to do with income.
Dec 12, 2014 The monthly Index of Consumer Sentiment has clues about holiday sales numbers.
Dec 1, 2014 Traverse City, Michigan, is home to one of the state's largest food pantries. Here's how it's handling demand for its services.
Jul 28, 2014 Residents say they get less opportunity to negotiate when water shut-off looms.
Jun 18, 2014 A new wine region is developing in less-than-Mediterranean Midwestern states.
Jan 28, 2014 When rural families leave to search for better jobs, schools scramble to make cuts -- and may even shut down.
Oct 10, 2013 In his travels for The Atlantic and Marketplace's American Futures project, Jim Fallows says the American economy in small cities and towns is doing all right.
Jul 26, 2013 One Michigan mother describes the year she went "from broke to badass" on her northern Michigan farm.
Jul 22, 2013 A factory in Michigan actually pays the state government to bring a public caseworker to the company to help its low-income workers.
Jul 19, 2013 A small business owner shares his take on the bankruptcy and his hopes for Detroit's future.