About 52.3 million individuals live in economically distressed ZIP codes, or areas that are the worst performers on the Distressed Communities Index, as measured by the Economic Innovation Group in Washington. That means to one in six Americans, or 17 percent of the U.S. population. The South has the biggest share of its population (roughly 23 percent) living in distressed communities and the smallest share of its population living in prosperous ones. The region is home to 52 percent of all Americans living in distressed ZIP codes, above its 37.5 percent share of the country’s total population.

By: Rob Williams, Newsmax

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Distressed Communities Index (DCI) 

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