Turn on any TV channel (well, for those of us that have resisted cutting the cord), and at some point you are bound to see an infomercial for a product that says “Proud to say made in the U.S.A.” as a major selling feature. For many Americans, they prefer to buy products that are made in the U.S. For others, they think that the product will cost them more, as American labor is more expensive than in many other countries, or they simply have no preference. But how many people are making buying U.S. made products a priority?
While it is true that buying products made in the U.S. can often be more expensive than competitors across the globe, it also has an impact on our local economy. As manufacturing plants close, those workers often have a difficult time finding new jobs.
As we approach the July 4 holiday weekend, we wanted to take a look at those that self-identify as preferring to buy something made in America before buying a product manufactured elsewhere.
When we look at the map, we can see that most of America’s heartland feels strongly about buying “Made in the U.S.A.” products before their overseas competitors. It is no surprise, as many of the manufacturing jobs have been lost in these areas. Very few cities on the east coast have a low desire to buy American made first, with a heavy concentration of those with a low desire along the U.S. and Mexico border, where many immigrants live. Most large metropolitan areas have neither a strong, nor low, desire to buy American products and goods.
To our American readers and users, we hope that you enjoy the holiday weekend. Happy Independence Day, America.