Despite being applauded by many, the "miraculous" prosperity of the Twin Cities is only a reality for a certain slice of their population.
Gratuities, often paid in cash, are hard to track. A new report sheds light on an estimated $11 billion of annual unreported income.
History often intervenes with extrapolated trends, making it hard to predict what the best cities for young people will be in the future.
Nevada now employs 60 percent fewer construction workers than it did during the housing boom. Some found new careers. Others left the country.
One successful program pays for an intensive training class, subsidizes wages for the jobless, and has an 80 percent placement rate. Can it be scaled?
Since 2007, the private sector has added 2.4 million new jobs. Retail has lost 60,000.
Wealthy Americans have seen major growth when it comes to educational attainment, but the poorest Americans still struggle to graduate.
Chicago's experiment in relocating poor African American families to rich white suburbs seems to be a success. So why are so few other cities doing the same?
Accounting for only 20 percent of the population, residents of more isolated areas struggle to find a safe, affordable place to live—and to make anyone else care.
Is the company destroying full-time work, entrenching us in part-time purgatory, or empowering America's most independent workers?
The housing crisis decimated communities near the University of Chicago, now the school and other organizations are trying to stabilize them.
Debates over wage-requirements are common at the federal and state level, but more municipalities are joining the conversation in an attempt to address variations in the cost of living.
Covington, Georgia, decided not to let a half-completed development sit empty. But the city's solution has been both praised and vilified by observers.
While some remain cynical about homeownership, the U.S.'s foreign-born population still regards it as a symbol of attaining the American Dream.
The 'burbs are home to an increasing number of poor families. But it may prove more difficult to make it there than in cities.
The cost of center-based services for children varies widely throughout the U.S., and so can the availability of financial assistance for low-income families.
Vallejo, California, residents were initially psyched to spend tax dollars on their pet projects. But things haven't turned out as they had hoped.
The rental market is tightening and paths to home ownership are few in the now-hip city.
New state-run investment funds could create a real marketplace for alternative energy projects—and bring down costs for all of us.