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Opinion Northwest

Join the informed writers of The Times' editorial board in lively discussions at our blog, Opinion Northwest.

July 26, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Is your neighborhood holding you back?

Seattle is among the top American cities with high economic mobility rates, roughly as high as in Denmark & Norway, two countries at the top of international mobility rankings.
My latest column explores the power of geography, the focus of a major study by top economists at Harvard University and the University of California at Berkeley that lends academic rigor to the idea that where children grow up is as much a predictor of their success as adults as other social factors, including family structure and income.

Where do lower-income households have the best chances of rising into the middle class? You’d be surprised. Check out this cool map to compare upward mobility rates across the country. Lighter colors represent areas where children from low-income families are more likely to move up in the income distribution. A New York Times interactive¬†of this map allows you to chart different comparisons.map

 

Source: (The Equality of Opportunity Project)

Comments | Topics: children, Education, Harvard

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