One study that can help untangle this was put together by the Economic Innovation Group. It combines rates of education, poverty, and unemployment with more esoteric measures, like how far an area’s median income diverges from its state’s median. Here’s a map of their findings, with red indicating the most distressed areas and green the least.

By: Jeff Spross, The Week

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Distressed Communities Index (DCI) 

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