Economic Growth and Contraction in US Regions between 2016 and 2017

Jul 10, 2018
Chart of change in GDP in US regions between 2016 and 2017

The chart above shows change in GDP over the last year in US regions.  The Western US was, by far, the fastest growing region last year.


  • The difference between the region with the greatest growth in GDP, the West, and the region with the least, the Northeast, is 1.65 percentage points.
  • The West has 2.19 times the economic growth that the Northeast does in the past year.


  • 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.


The rate of growth in the regions over the past year mirrors that of the past decade with the West seeing the greatest growth, followed by the South, the Midwest, and finally the Northeast.

The United States as a whole has 2.07 percent growth over the same one year period ranking it under the South and above the Midwest.


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