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What’s Your American Dream Score?

Spend five minutes taking this quiz, and you’ll find out what factors were working in your favor and what you had to overcome to get where you are today. At the end, you’ll receive an overall score and a personalized summary of the results (and probably a big dose of pride and gratitude).

Learn more about how this tool was created, related psychological research, and how our experiences shape our view of the “American Dream.”

Your American Dream Score:

  • <53
    Nearly every factor has been working in your favor.
  • 54-65
    The majority of factors have been in your favor.
  • 66-79
    You've had more working against you than for you.
  • 80+
    Almost every factor has been working against you.
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Raquel Wiltbank-Mateo

Truth or Consequences

I grew up in a happy and supportive family with 2 parents. I married just out of college and had a satisfying life as a starving artist supporting myself and ...


Tony Enerva

Fort Kent, ME, United States

The oldest of six kids, I grew up in a safe suburb of San Diego with loving, hard working parents. Attended parochial school through eighth grade, public high school, community ...


Amy Snowden

Alpharetta, GA, United States

I was the only child of a Wall St worker and his working wife. Both went to great colleges. I was what they called, a latch-key kid. My dad worked ...


Carla Youmans

Dacula, GA, United States

My parents taught me the value of hard work, integrity, respect, the difference between right and wrong and the difference between a need and a want. More importantly, they held ...


Sally Dowell

Memphis, TN, United States

I attended Memphis City Schools, graduated from the University of Memphis, and taught for Memphis City Schools until our school system dissolved. I am still a public school teacher, but ...


Jane Venson-Talford

Memphis, TN, United States

I was surprised at my score. While perseverance has been a key factor in my life, support from family and friends has also been very important. Life is fluid and ...


Darren Walker

New York, NY, United States

My American Dream Score is 67 (out of 100), representing a balance of factors that I had to work to overcome and others that worked in my favor. I’ve spent years ...


Noah Khan

Woodland, CA, United States

I had a really good childhood, with my parents encouraging me to do anything I wanted to do. I also grew up in a really good neighborhood where I was ...


Jennifer Espino

Raleigh, NC, United States

I'm Jennifer Espino I'm 15 years old I'm ready to be done with school so I can work for a while and then see if I want to keep going on ...


Armando Sanchez

Dillon, CO, United States

I had many factors working in my favor and that it was good and that I had to improve on some of the factors that I needed to improve on ...


Kayla Leiser

I grew up in three different states, changing schools and environments often, as well as homes. My mother was a drug-addict and at the time I did not know my ...


Leslie Graham


Growing up we did not have a lot of money but my mom always made sure we had food and shelter and clothing. Even as an adult my mom is ...


Natalie O

Laurelton, Queens, NY, United States

I wasn't much shocked by my score. I have dealt my whole life with the microagressions of being the "other and only" but also have benefited from growing up in ...


Nadia Calix

Washington, DC, United States

Proud descendant of immigrants. My family didnt have much to offer but with patience and perseverance we have pushed through. Now its me and my little brother and sister but ...


Alana Nelson

Exeter, RI, United States

I grew up in Narragansett RI till I turned 18. My family did not have much money but we did have each other. I was the oldest of five children, ...