There is a serious and growing geographic divide between the rich and the poor that requires attention. That’s the conclusion reached by researchers at the Economic Innovation Group.

Using U.S. Census Department data, the study’s authors developed the Distressed Communities Index (DCI) to study the economic health of America down to the zip code level. They found “a growing body of evidence that the more time an individual spends living in a distressed community—especially at childhood—the worse that individual’s lifetime chances of achieving economic stability or success. And not all poor neighborhoods are alike; some offer vastly better chances of economic mobility than others.”

By: Martin Levine, Nonprofit Quarterly

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Distressed Communities Index (DCI) 

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