Economic Growth and Contraction in US Regions between 2008 and 2017

Jul 2, 2018
Chart of change in GDP in US regions between 2008 and 2017

The chart above shows change in GDP over the last ten years in US regions.  The Western US has seen the greatest growth in the past ten years although the other regions have grown a considerable bit over the decade as well.


  • The difference between the region with the greatest growth in GDP, the West, and the region with the least, the Northeast, is 6.58 percentage points.
  • The West has 1.63 times the economic growth that the Northeast does in the past decade.


  • All figures are rounded to the nearest hundredth.
  • The Western US consists of California, Washington, Colorado, Arizona, Oregon, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Hawaii, Idaho, Alaska, Montana, and Wyoming.
  • The Southern US consists of Texas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Louisiana, South Carolina, Alabama, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, and West Virginia.
  • The Midwestern US consists of Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
  • The Northeastern US consists of New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Delaware, Maine, Rhode Island, and Vermont.


Even though the Western US does not have a single state in the top three fastest growing state economies, it does have the most states in the top ten.

The United States as a whole has 13.56 percent growth over the same ten year period ranking it just under the South and above the Midwest.


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