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Kansas City Fed offers “Regional Asset Indicators” October 2, 2006

Posted by Tom in Community, Research.

If you haven’t bookmarked The Creativity Exchange, do it right now. Blogs like this make me question why I bother.

Their latest gem is a link to the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank’s “Regional Asset Indicators” data and maps. At a county-by-county level, ranging from creativity to innovation to personal watch to entrepreneurship and beyond, the Fed has mapped the entire country.

Word to the wise: It’s good to be “blue” on as many maps as possible. And it’s not too hard to croos-reference the blue areas with those that are more successful in the modern economy.

Side observation: I find it interesting that the savings rates are highest in the lowest activity areas…and most of the highest activity counties and regions have low personal savings rates. Anyone care to explain the correlation? Are these folks putting their savings into entrepreneurial or real estate equity? And what does that mean for the long-term health of these regions? Lastly, does this savings rate represent untapped economic potential?

Fascinating data for all to chew over.



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