1. Deindustrialized area of the Midwest including, but not limited to: Illinois, Indiana, southeast Missouri, Michigan, Ohio, and western Pennsylvania. This area is called so because it suffered from problems that arose when manufacturing centers closed in the 1960's, 1970's, and 1980's. This in turn led to an out migration of whites (white flight) who lost their jobs and an in migration of southern blacks who took over the deindustrialized areas, which led to a severe increase in crime. Many of those who left headed south for the Sun Belt. Major cities that suffered somewhat from the Rust Belt problems include Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Columbus. Cities hit especially hard include Detroit, Cleveland, St. Louis, and Pittsburgh. Ironically, all of these cities have revitalized their downtowns and become popular tourist destinations with major attractions. Only two major cities, Indianapolis and Columbus, have grown substantially despite being Rust Belt cities. In fact, one can say these cities have survived the "curse" of the Rust Belt. Only time will tell what happens next to these major cities.
Gary, Indiana is a severe example of all the problems caused by the Rust Belt.
by K-Ro July 19, 2005
Leftover streak stains of fecal and/or menstral matter after intercourse in the backseat of a car.
Man, I totally got a wicked rust belt last night after banging that chick at that party!
by Capital_T December 20, 2010
1. Declining industrial area of the Midwest including but not limited to Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania that declined dramatically in the 1960's and 1970's after factories were closed and the im-migration of Southern blacks caused widespread white flight, resulting in severe population loss. Examples of large Rust Belt cities include Chicago, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Detroit, Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh. Cleveland, St. Louis, Detroit, and Pittsburgh were hit especially hard, although, ironically, these cities are making a comeback and revitalizing their downtown areas with attractions.
Pittsburgh's population loss is a direct result of the Rust Belt.
by K-Ro of Naptown July 19, 2005
the declining industrial areas of the northwest
Many factories in the rust belt cities had previously closed down due to temporary economic decline.
by Light Joker May 18, 2006
An area of the United States stretching from the Great Lakes to New England that has seen numerous plant closings and job losses in heavy manufacturing over the past several decades. It includes the states of Michigan, far NW Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York and perhaps parts of New England. The demise of the steel and auto industries has caused the biggest headaches for the area. The steel industry has been faced with tough competition from overseas markets. The situation is similar for the auto industry, except labor unions and foreign competition in auto sales have been the reason for the job losses at the "Big 3," as plants close or layoff numerous workers for cheaper labor in Mexico. The state of Michigan, especially the Detroit area has seen the most job losses in the country, thanks to the challenges of the auto industry. Much of Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and Western New York State have been hit especially hard. Detroit and Pittsburgh are the epitomes of the Rust Belt.
I used to live in the Rust Belt, but had to move out because I found a decent job.
by krock1dk@yahoo.com November 3, 2007
Anyone, at this very moment, right now, caught dead or alive living in the State of Michigan.
The State of Michigan last night made a desperate (it's usual emotional state these days, like that of a hysterical spinster) phone call to the West Coast pleading for either Arnold Schwarzenegger or Sylvester Stallone to come and 'save their dilapidated and sick ass' and somehow bring about a happy Capra-esque, Hollywood ending. The State did this on the grounds that, as President Reagan was already dead (is Bonzo available?), both B-movie actors were the only known living persons who, owing to their respective previous roles as 'lone macho warriors', could conceivably pick up the State 'all by themselves' and save it from such a 'horrible' fate (akin to Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman only this time with more testosterone). While Stallone could not be reached for comment, Schwarzenegger, when asked if he might agree to such a request admitted he already had quite a bit on his plate as current governor of California. "Besides," he added, "I would have to see the script first and certainly wouldn't want to go anywhere where I might wind up a Rust Belt Loser."
by Rust Belt Jones April 9, 2008