Eight states, primarily in the Mideast and New England regions, have higher upward and lower downward mobility than the nation as a whole. Also, states in the South have consistently lower upward and higher downward mobility. “When it comes to achieving the American Dream, it matters where you live,” said Erin Currier, project manager of Pew’s Economic Mobility Project. “Understanding that mobility rates differ by state is the first step towards helping policy makers pinpoint what enhances their residents’ mobility.” The study investigates Americans' mobility prospects during their prime working years—the 10-year span between ages 35-39 and 45-49. Our research focuses on individuals born between 1943 and 1958, with the most recent data coming from 2007. Geographic mobility – whether people born in a particular state stayed there or moved elsewhere – does not drive overall state differences in economic mobility. It does matter, however, for individuals. Those who moved out of their birth states had better mobility outcomes on average than those who did not. Utah is the only state West of the Rockies with higher than average upward social mobility.