Rust Belt

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Rust Belt

  1. (informal) A region straddling the Northeastern and East North Central United States that has undergone economic decline and population loss due to the shrinking of its once powerful industrial sector.


Rust Belt (plural Rust Belts)

  1. An industrial region in decline.
    • 1991, D. C. B. Lieven, The Soviet Crisis, Research Institute for the Study of Conflict and Terrorism, p 26:
      The government in Kiev would also have to cope with Europe’s greatest swathe of rust-belt mines and industries.