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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Who’s achieving the American Dream and who’s not? A unique survey sheds light on both

How we define the American Dream may be changing, but a recent survey shows that residents of Louisiana and Idaho are attaining that dream better than most. At the community level, people in Salt Lake City, Baton Rouge, Toledo and York, Pennsylvania, say they are achieving that dream more often as well.

Better enabling the American Dream starts with knowing what it really is. Simply stated, the American Dream is the national ethos of the United States. It is rooted in the Declaration of Independence with the phrase “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Over time, descriptions of the American Dream have been supplemented with ideals. For example — owning a home, upward mobility, success is a result of hard work and determination. But, these descriptions have served to create confusion rather than provide clarity.

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