Residents of the San Jose, Calif. and Washington D.C. metropolitan areas are the most confident in the country about the state and trajectory of the U.S. economy, according to a Gallup poll out Monday.
Gallup’s score for “economic confidence” is a composite of two metrics: how respondents feel about the current state of the economy, and how optimistic they are about the direction it’s heading. Though both D.C. and San Jose gave the state of the economy at present a negative rating overall, both cities—respectively the capitals of government and the tech industry—vaulted to the head of the pack due to their optimism about the economy’s trajectory. Other metro areas in the top five most economically confident are, in order, San Francisco, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Seattle.
The city with the gloomiest outlook on the state of the economy is Jacksonville, Fla., where residents said not only that things are pretty terrible but that they’re even more likely to get worse. Next cities down the list are Pittsburgh, Oklahoma City, Cincinnati, St. Louis, and Providence, R.I.
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