The Opportunity Index scores reaffirm similar findings elsewhere. A 2014 study on intergenerational mobility in the U.S. published by the National Bureau of Economic Research also found that the most upwardly mobile region in the country was the Great Plains. And a 2017 study on U.S. economic opportunity from the Economic Innovation Group, a policy group in Washington, concluded that “[p]rosperous rural areas predominantly in the Upper Midwest and Northern Plains are the country’s most powerful engines of upward mobility.”

By: Sean Braswell, OZY

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