The Northwest consists of 18 counties stretching two-thirds of the way across the
state. Its largest city is St. Joseph, birthplace of the Pony Express and Jesse
James’ last home. It also includes such gems as Amish Jamesport and sparkling
Conception Abbey, Nodaway County. Top industries include retail trade, farming,
food services, and construction.
The regional average wage was $645 per week in the 3rd Quarter of 2012.