The Saint Louis and Kansas City metropolitan areas account for over half of Missouri's economic output. Accordingly, the state's economic performance is largely determined by the successes or struggles of the two metro areas. But can growth in Missouri's outstate areas be predicted by metro area growth as well? This essay explores the question of whether economic events in the metro areas might be of greater interest to the rest of the state than is usually thought. To read the entire essay, click on the link below.