You can’t understand the real American economy unless you spend time outside Wall Street or Washington. And that’s exactly what The Atlantic’s Jim Fallows and his wife Deb are doing, in partnership with Marketplace.
Fallows says traveling to these small towns, and getting out of Washington D.C. where he lives, completely changes his understanding of the economy.
“If you were entirely cut off from the national economic news of showdown paralysis and things falling apart, you could feel that things were actually quite healthy in a lot of America.”
But there is a trade-off for success, says Fallows: “The success of a place like Sioux Falls in South Dakota has been predicated in the draining out of a lot of the surrounding Prairie areas.”
Explore the Story Map: Read regular updates from James Fallows during his travels across the country. And explore related interactive maps. More