Rust Belt

The Rust Belt is a region of the Northeastern and Midwestern United States that has been experiencing industrial decline starting around 1980. It is made up largely of the Great Lakes Megalopolis, though definitions vary. Rust refers to the deindustrialization, economic decline, population loss, and urban decay due to the shrinking of its once-powerful industrial sector, such as steel, automobile, and coal mining. The term gained popularity in the U.S. in the 1980s, when it was commonly contrasted with the Sun Belt which was resurging then.


The Rust Belt is a region of the Northeastern and Midwestern United States that has been experiencing industrial decline starting around 1980. It is made up largely of the Great Lakes Megalopolis, though definitions vary. Rust refers to the deindustrialization, economic decline, population loss, and urban decay due to the shrinking of its once-powerful industrial sector, such as steel, automobile, and coal mining. The term gained popularity in the U.S. in the 1980s, when it was commonly contrasted with the Sun Belt which was resurging then.
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