We know there’s a widening geographic economic gap in the United States, most vividly described in the months leading up to the 2016 election as a battle between the “left behind” and the “coastal elites.” Now we have new detail on how that breaks down by locality. One in six Americans are living in zip codes that are considered economically “distressed,” according to the Economic Innovation Group’s 2017 Distressed Communities Index. 84.8 million others—one in four—live in communities that are considered prosperous.

By: Sarah Holder, CityLab

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Distressed Communities Index (DCI) 

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