A widely cited recent study from the Economic Innovation Group helps quantify just how uneven the recovery has been. The study, which examined the years from 2011 to 2015, looked at seven key metrics to evaluate the economic health of communities by zip code throughout the U.S.: adults without a high school diploma, poverty rates, prime-age adults not working, housing vacancy rates, median income ratios, changes in unemployment, and changes in business establishments. It then divided these zip codes up evenly into five categories: Prosperous, Comfortable, Mid-Tier, At Risk, and Distressed.

By: VanEck, Seeking Alpha

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