The case for Ten Across

Ten Across frames the U.S. Interstate 10 corridor as the premier observatory for the future, one which presents the challenges of the 21st century in their highest relief.

Together with our growing network, we engage the conditions found within this transect to reveal our collective capacity to create a more resilient future.

About Ten Across

Scale + growth

45 million

people live in Ten Across metro areas

Source Analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data, 2019 estimates.

  • Cities growing faster than 10% 2010-2019
  • Major population hub

Risk + resilience

$1.3 trillion

the growing cost of natural disasters in the Ten Across region since 1980

Source Declared Disasters. Federal Emergency Management Agency.

  • Declared disasters greater than $10B
  • Fire
  • Drought
  • Extreme storms


20 million

people living in distressed zip codes in Ten Across states

Source Distressed Communities Index. Economic Innovation Group, Oct. 2020 (4th ed.).

  • % of population residing in distressed zip codes
  • 30-39%
  • 20-29%
  • 10-19%



non-white or Hispanic share of the Ten Across population, 25 years in advance of greater-U.S. plurality

Source Analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data, 2019 estimates.

  • % of state population that is non-white or Hispanic
  • > 50%
  • 40-50%
  • < 40%

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